On September 20, the Film Federation of India announced that the Gujarati film Chhello Show has been selected as the Indian official entry to Oscars 2023. National award-winning filmmaker Dr Biju took to social media to give his two cents about the selection. He explained the reason why Chhello Show is a better selection than SS Rajamouli's RRR featuring Jr NTR and Ram Charan.
Dr Biju wrote, "India’s Oscar submission for this year announced. Pan Nalin’s ‘Chello Show” selected. I think this is a better selection this year. Many people wrote and criticised why films like RRR have not been selected. Their point is that RRR had a big box office hit in India and US and is known to many people. They also point out that there was a report in Variety magazine that RRR had a better chance. I am surprised that they didn’t know the basic reality of Oscar, especially in Best international feature film category selection (sic)."
He then added, "In fact, a Box Office hit is not at all a consideration for Oscar best international feature film category. For other category of Oscar it may be a factor and any film which released in US can directly submit their films. But for international feature film category If Box office hit gets an advantage then big commercially success films from various countries would have selected many Box office hits as their entry. IT’S TOTALLY WRONG. For best international feature film category in Oscar all the films submitted by countries are selected on the basis of their artistic value, international festival credibility and critical acclaim (sic)."