Chhattisgarhi cinema

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Chhollywood refers to the film industry of Chhattisgarh state, central India, or to films created in the Chhattisgarhi language. It was established in 1965 with the release of the first Chhattisgarhi film, Kahi Debe Sandesh ("In Black and White").


The first Chhattisgarhi film, Kahi Debe Sandesh ("In Black and White") was released in 1965.[1] Directed and produced by Manu Nayak, it was a story of intercaste love and was released to much controversy.[2] Dr Hanumant Naidu[3] wrote the lyrics;[4] two songs of the movie were sung by Mohammad Rafi. The next to be released was Ghar Dwar in 1971, produced by Vijay Kumar Pandey. However, both performed poorly at the box office, and no new Chhattisgarhi movie was produced[clarification needed] for nearly 30 years thereafter.[5]

On October 27, 2000, Mor Chhainha Bhuinya was released,[6] the first Chhattisgarhi film since Ghar Dwar. The film was a major success, grossing ₹20,000,000, recouping its budget of ₹2,000,000 - ₹3,000,000.[7]

Interest in the genre would further increase in 2005 when Bhakla was released, featuring a song composed by Kalyan Sen and sung by Lata Mangeshkar.[8] Later, the film Bar. Satish Jain, having watched the film produced Mayaa, Films such as Mahun Deewana Tahun Deewani (Swapnil Film Productions) Tura Rikshawala, and Laila Tip Top Chhaila Angutha Chhap were released soon after.

Bhulan the Maze opened to international praise and won several awards. Today Chhattisgarhi films often play in theatres outside of Chhattisgarh, especially in cities like Nagpur.


  1. ^ Castes, India Committee on Untouchability, Economic and Educational Development of the Scheduled; Elayaperumal, L. (1969-01-01). Report of the Committee on Untouchability, Economic and Educational Development of the Scheduled Castes and Connected Documents, 1969. Department of Social Welfare. p. 37.
  2. ^ "Chhattisgarhi comedy Shiv Kumar Deepak". Patrika.
  3. ^ "Manu Nayak honoured". Nav Bharat. 28 November 2012. Archived from the original on 6 December 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  4. ^ P.E.N. All-India Centre, Bombay (1969). "The Indian P.E.N., Volume 35". The Indian P.E.N. 35: 362. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  5. ^ Ghosh, Avijit. "Chhollywood calling". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Mor Chhainha Bhuinya". IMDB. IMDB. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Chhattisgarhi film beats Mohabbatein". Rediff, archived on web archive.
  8. ^ "लता मंगेशकर". Daink Bhaskar. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013.

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