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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-language film, Kahi Debe Sandesh.


Kahi Debe Sandesh (transl. Convey The Message) was released in 1965. Directed and produced by Manu Nayak, it was a story of intercaste love; its release caused controversy, with Brahmins calling for a ban.[1][2] The next Chhattisgarhi film to be released was Ghar Dwar in 1971, produced by Vijay Kumar Pandey. However, both performed poorly at the box office.[3]

On October 27, 2000, Mor Chhainha Bhuinya was released,[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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. It become first Chhattisgarhi movie to win a National Film Awards, winning in category of Best Film in Chhattisgarhi at 67th National Film Awards.

Today Chhattisgarhi films often play in theatres outside of Chhattisgarh, especially in cities like Nagpur. Today Government of Chhattisgarh made film policy for supporting Chhattisgarhi cinema.


  1. ^ Ghosh, Avijit (30 April 2015). "When Indira saved first Chhattisgarhi film from ban". The Times of India'. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  2. ^ 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.((cite book)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Ghosh, Avijit. "Chhollywood calling". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Mor Chhainha Bhuinya". IMDB. IMDB. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Chhattisgarhi film beats Mohabbatein". Rediff, archived on web archive. Archived from the original on 2013-10-01.
  6. ^ "लता मंगेशकर". Daink Bhaskar. 8 March 2013. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013.