The trailer of Chhello Show (Last Film Show), India’s official entry to the Oscars in the Best International Feature Film category, is here.
Inspired by director Pan Nalin’s childhood in rural Gujarat, Last Film Show (Chhello Show) is a Gujarati language film that follows a nine-year-old boy, Samay (Bhavin Rabari), who’s trapped by the magic and science of celluloid film projection and begins to create his own 35mm movie with his friends. Manoeuvring through both social pressures and economic precarity, he pursues his passion for the “film show” with single-minded devotion, oblivious to the technological upheaval hurtling towards him.
Talking about the film and the inspiration behind it, Director Pan Nalin said “The film is inspired by my own life and how cinema changed it in a beautiful, unexpected and uplifting way. I have set it in a time before the advent of mobile phones, streaming platforms or access to film schools. Samay’s journey captures the unadulterated joy of storytelling and cinematic creation. With the trailer out today, people will get a deeper glimpse into our world of Last Film Show (Chhello Show)!”
The film stars Bhavin Rabari, Richa Meena, Bhavesh Shrimali, Dipen Raval, Rahul Koli and Vikas Bata. The film is set to release in theatres in Gujarat and across India on 14th October 2022.
You can watch the trailer here: