The union said Chhello Show is “not even an Indian film” and urged the Film Federation of India (FFI) to reconsider its decision. The Gujarati coming-of-age drama film Chhello Show, which was released in English as Last Film Show, was directed by Pan Nalin. According to FWICE, India’s entry for Best International Film at the 95th Academy Awards is ineligible because it is a foreign film.
FWICE president BN Tiwari told ETimes: “The film is not an Indian film and the selection process is not right. There were so many Indian films like RRR and The Kashmir Files, but the jury chose a foreign film which has been bought by Siddharth Roy Kapur”.
Also raising questions about the Film Federation of India (FFI) jury, BN Tiwari said, “We want re-election of films and the current jury to be disbanded. Half of them have been there for years and most they don’t see the film and it’s already voted on. If ‘Last Film Show’ is sent, it will reflect badly on India, which is known to be an industry that makes the maximum number of films.” He also said that FWICE will write to Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur to raise this issue.
A 17-member jury chose Chhello Show as India’s official Oscars entry from among 13 other submissions.
The Chhello Show depicts a nine-year-old boy from Gujarat as he falls in love with movies for the rest of his life. The story of the film shows Saurashtra, Gujarat and is said to be semi-autobiographical as Pan Nalin was also born and brought up there.