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. Directed and produced by Manu Nayak, it was a story of intercaste love and was released to much controversy. Dr Hanumant Naidu wrote the lyrics; 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.
On October 27, 2000, Mor Chhainha Bhuinya was released, 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.
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. 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.
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