Pan Nalin on Chhello Show: Filmmaker Pan Nalin believes India is “hard” on movies without stars, studios, or streamers, adding, “We have broken a two-decade-long curse!” on the Chhello Show: Exhibition sector underestimates Indian audiences, and 2022 is a major example of this.
Pan Nalin is overjoyed that Chhelo Show (also known as The Last Film Show), which was also India’s official Oscar entry, has finally made the shortlist. It validates the filmmaker’s forts, whose movie
“When India announced Last Film Show as its entry for the 95th Academy Awards, we were ecstatic. Last Film Show (Chhello Show) has been officially shortlisted in The Best International Films by voting members of The Academy; this is a significant turning point in Indian cinema history. We have, after all, ended a two-decade jinx!,” he exclaims.
Pan Nalin on Chhello Show
The majority of Indians only became aware of the movie after it was nominated to represent the nation, despite the fact that it is still making waves worldwide. And Nalin believes that this serves as a lesson to wait for international recognition before realising the potential of a person or project.
Sadly, he replies, “Yes. Without any stars, studios, or streamers, India can be quite harsh on films. Indian audiences are consistently undervalued by the exhibition industry, and 2022 has provided abundant evidence of this. I’ve always thought that viewers are smarter than the filmmakers, and if they are given the chance to see movies like Chhello Show, they will love it. However, first the movie needs to be shown at a theatre close to them.
The director believes that the “pure enjoyment” and “top-notch production quality” are what appealed to the audience. “A movie that not only encourages but also honours the strength of dreams. The movie is about hope. Given the several dark stretches the globe is experiencing, it is a movie about light. And as our young lead Bhavin Rabari puts it, viewers all across the world adore our film because it makes them laugh, cry, and leave them feeling hungry afterward.