The Chhello Show, India’s official entry to the 95th Academy Awards, is coming to Netflix on November 25. Directed by Pan Nalin (Beyond The Known World), the film has been nominated and screened at prestigious film festivals around the world such as Tribeca and the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, among others. The Gujarat language film won
Best Picture, this weekend, at the Asian World Film Festival in Los Angeles, and will also be available in Hindi-language dub on Netflix.
Last Film Show (Chhello Show) is a partially autobiographical drama that captures the charm of the western region of Gujarat while paying tribute to the cinema of yesteryear. It is a reminder of the innocence of childhood and the universal magic of movies. The film stars Bhavin Rabari, Vikas Bata, Richa Meena, Bhavesh Shrimali, Dipen Raval and Rahul Koli in lead roles.
The story is set against the backdrop of cinemas in India witnessing a massive transition from celluloid to digital, with hundreds of single-screen cinemas standing in disrepair or having disappeared altogether. When the magic of film captures the heart of nine-year-old youth Samay, he moves heaven and earth in pursuit of his 35mm dreams, unaware of the heartbreaking times that await him.
Director Nalin said, “Last Film Show is a celebration of film, food, friends and family and now audiences across India can do exactly that from their homes while watching it. As a filmmaker, I dream that the film reaches maximum number of people , and now, thanks to Netflix, Last Film Show is just a click away.”
Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur (Roy Kapur Films) said, “As we continue the journey to represent India with our films at the 95th Academy Awards, we are thrilled that Last Film Show has found its home on Netflix India and we are confident that the magic and beauty of Nalin’s cinematic creation will captivate Netflix audiences in India, just as it has with theatrical audiences in India and around the world.” The film had a limited theatrical run in the country last month, with tickets costing just Rs. 95.
Producer Dheer Momaya (Jugaad Motion Pictures) shared, “I am delighted that our film is being made available on Netflix India. They have a very engaged subscriber base in India and it will be great for families to enjoy this film from home during the holiday season at the end of the year.”
The Chhello Show premieres Friday, November 25 on Netflix.