Gujarati film ‘Chhello Show’ or ‘Last Film Show’ is India’s official entry into the 95th Academy Awards (Oscars 2023) in the Best International Feature Film category. Rahul Koli, the 15-year-old child actor who played a major role in the film, died on October 2 after a long battle with cancer.
Rahul Koli, one of the six child actors of ‘Chhello Show’ died of leukemia, a few days before the release of the film. He was diagnosed with the disease and had been on treatment for four months. According to family reports, the child developed a recurring fever which persisted despite medical treatment. When conditions deteriorated, he was admitted to a hospital in Ahmedabad. On October 2, his condition worsened and he succumbed to death.
Chhello Show is set to be released on October 14 and the child’s untimely death has left her family devastated. His father drives an auto-rickshaw for a living and Rahul was the eldest of three siblings. In the film, Rahul played the role of Manu, a close friend of Samay, the main character.
Directed by Pan Nalin, the coming-of-age film Chhello Show is produced by Roy Kapur Films, Jugaad Motion Pictures, Monsoon Films and Chhello Show LLP. It features Bhavin Rabari, Bhavesh Shrimali, Richa Meena, Dipen Raval and Paresh Mehta in major roles. A day before its official release, the film will be screened in 95 cinemas across India, with tickets priced at Rs 95 to celebrate its selection at the 95th Academy Awards.
Sharing the news on social media, director Pan Nilan wrote, “Surprise! Release a show early! To celebrate India’s entry into the 95th Academy Awards, 95 cinemas across India will release the film during their last broadcast on Thursday October 13 at Rs 95!”.
The film will be distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films in the USA and by Orange Studio in France. Shochiku Studios and Medusa are releasing the film in Japanese and Italian theaters respectively.
The film received praise from around the world. It has already premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, held in June 2021 and was nominated for the Tiantan Awards at the 11th Beijing International Film Festival. It won the Audience Award in the World Cinema section of the 44th Mill Valley Film Festival and won the Golden Spike.
Best Film Award at the 66th Valladolid International Film Festival (Seminci). The film was also nominated for Best Avant-Garde Feature Film at the 23rd Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival. It also won the Luminaries Jury Prize – Special Mention at the 14th Milwaukee Film Festival.