India’s official entry for the 95th Academy Awards, Chhello Show, will be available to watch on Netflix this Friday. The Gujarati-language film, also known as Last Film Show in English, is a semi-biographical coming-of-age drama that released in Indian theatres on October 14 and will now release on the OTT platform for a global audience.
Written and directed by Pan Nalin, Chhello Show follows nine-year-old cinema lover Samay who has big dreams but is unaware of the heartbreaking times that await him.
“Last Film Show is a celebration of films, food, friends, and family and now audiences across India can do exactly that from the comfort of their homes while watching it,” The film writer-director said in a statement, according to The Indian Express.
“As a filmmaker, I dream that the movie reaches the maximum number of people, and now, thanks to Netflix, Last Film Show is just a click away,” said Nalin.
Producer of the film Siddharth Roy Kapur of Roy Kapur Films said that the team is thrilled that the film has found its home on Netflix India. Chhello Show will also be available to watch with Hindi dubbing on the streaming site.
“We are sure that the magic and beauty of Nalin’s cinematic creation will enrapture Netflix audiences in India, just as it has with theatrical audiences in India and around the world,” Kapur said.
“I’m elated that our film will be made available on Netflix India. They have a highly engaged subscriber base in India, and it will be great for families to enjoy this film from the comfort of their home during the year-end holiday season,” producer Dheer Momaya of Jugaad Motion Pictures added.
Chhello Show was screened at prestigious film festivals across the world, including Tribeca, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema amongst others. It also won Best Picture at the Asian World Film Festival in Los Angeles.
The film is also set to have a special screening at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.
Chhello Show will be going up against Saim Sadiq’s Joyland from Pakistan, starring Ali Junejo, Alina Khan, Rasti Farooq, Sarwat Gilani, Sania Saeed, Sohail Sameer and Salmaan Peerzada. Both films have been submitted for the Oscars International Feature Film Award category.