This article first appeared in The Hindu on September 22, 2022
Despite the hype, Chhello Show has edged out RRR and Kashmir Files to become India’s official entry at the Oscars. But what is the future of indie films once they come back home?
The juggernaut that was S.S. Rajamouli’s RRR ruled the box office for weeks, the memes that emerged from it flooded our social media feeds and it once again made Bollywood pine for that one film that could capture the Indian imagination the way RRR did.
Even though it lost out to Gujarati film Chhello Show (Last Film Show) as India’s official Oscar entry, RRR could still be nominated in the other categories at the 95th Academy Awards to be held on March 12 next year…