Not about collection: FFI committee head on not picking RRR for Oscars

Film Federation of India (FFI) committee head TS Nagabharana has said that the idea behind picking ‘Chhello Show (Last Film Show)’ for Oscars was to have a film which represents India in a different way.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Nagabharana said, “Everyone was expecting RRR to be the official selection from India, it is also a good film, there is no denying that. In fact, all the 13 films were good, but we had to select one, so koi toh disappoint hota hi.”

Explaining the reason behind selecting Chhello Show, he added, “The idea was to have a film which represents India in a different way. Chhello Show transcends the narrative of a regular Indian reality, and shows it in a broader sense, while tugging the emotional chords. Put that film anywhere in the world, and it will automatically connect with kids”.

When asked about people slamming FFI for ignoring RRR and The Kashmir Files, he replied, “Do they mean to say that only marketing, entertainment value, mass reach or collection figures are the criteria for a film to make a mark at the Oscars?” Who are these people? I am also an Indian. The story matters not the collection or popularity. If the film touches your heart, that is enough.”

On Tuesday, FFI announced that Chhello Show, set against the backdrop of cinemas in India that saw the transition from celluloid to digital, has been picked as India’s official entry to compete in the race to secure a nomination. It was picked out of 13 entries by a 17-member jury.

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