After Chhello Show, The Last Film Show was rejected in the nominations for Oscar 2023, filmmaker Pan Nalin wrote a note about moving on. He congratulated the final nominations from India and thanked the fans. The Last Film Show was shortlisted in the Best International Feature Film category, but failed to make the final nominations announced on Tuesday. Read also: Oscars 2023 full list of nominations
Pan Nalin tweeted: “Hello my Last Film Show family, let’s rejoice and move on. (After all, we’re in the company of Park Chan-wook and Inarritu!) And as a team, you guys were absolutely amazing. You stood behind our story through the storms, wholeheartedly – and without hype. May you continue to touch souls all over the world. Because when we made Last Film Show, we all knew it won’t be our last movie or our last show.”
The Gujarati Movie, Chhello show was India’s entry to the Oscars last year, beating SS Rajamouli’s RRR. The film is based on a young boy from Gujarati and how he falls in love with cinema. Mesmerized by light and its ability to tell stories, the boy wants to do nothing but watch movies all day, and it gets him into trouble with his father and even the local police. He is branded a thief with a bunch of his friends, but his love for movies is beyond anything.
Pan Nalin also congratulated the RRR team and others, who made it to the nominations and added, “Congratulations to the trio of Indian nominees All That Breathes, The Elephant Whisperers and Naatu Naatu song.”
RRR song Naatu Naatu made it to Best Original Song. In addition, All That Breathes and The Elephant Whisperers are also shortlisted in the Best Documentary and Best Short Documentary categories respectively.
Not only The Last Film Show, but also several films from India, which were eligible for the Oscars nomination, failed to make the cut. It was a list of 301 films from around the world that were eligible for the Oscars. It included Alia Bhatt starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi, Rishab Shetty’s Kannada movie Kantara and Pan Nalin’s Chhello Show (Last Film Show). Marathi films Me Vasantrao and Tujhya Sathi Kahi Hi, R Madhavan’s Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, Iravin Nizhal and Kannada film Vikrant Rona were also on the list. Documentaries like All That Breathes by Shaunak Sen and The Elephant Whisperers by Kartiki Gonsalves were also on the same list.
Pan Nalin is best known for directing the critically acclaimed films Samsara, Valley of Flowers and Angry Indian Goddesses.