The Chhattisgarhi film industry! Chhollywood! Like every state has it’s own film industry, ours also owns one. It is very unlikely for people of our own state to know this appaling truth that this industry was actually established in the year 1965 with its first movie being “Kahi debe Sandesh” which was released in Black and white. The movie was produced and directed by Manu Nayak. The movie depicted a story of intercaste love. The dialogues were written by Dr Himanshu Naidu and two of its song were sung by Mohammad Rafi. Soon after in the year 1971, Niranjan Tiwari’s movie “Ghar Dwar” was released, although both the movies did not do well at the Box Office. No chhattisgarhi movie was released thereafter for about 30 years.
After a long break of 30 years, Chhatisgarhi cinema was reborm with Stish jain’s movie “Mor Chhainha Bhuinya” released on October 27, 2000. The chhattisgarhi state was created three days after the release of the movie. The movie was a blockbuster and earned over a profit of 2 crore. Some of the successful movies of chhollywood are “Mayaa”, “Tura Rikshawala”, and “Laila Tip Top Chhaila Angutha Chhap”, produced by Rocky Daswani and directed by Satish Jain. Today almost the complete film work is done in Chhattisgarh; film is sent to Mumbai only for the censor certificate. Digitization of Cinema benefited local cinema by cutting the film cost in terms of shooting and distribution of films. UFO Moviez was given as “Best Digital Cinema Solution Award” in Award Ceremony held in Raipur on 20 January 2013.