The makers announced on Monday that “Last Film Show,” India’s official Oscar entry, will be shown in 95 theatres throughout the country a day before its scheduled premiere. Tickets cost Rs 95.
The coming-of-age drama, which goes by the Gujarati name “Chhello Show,” is India’s official submission for the 95th Academy Awards’ best international feature film category.
The “final shows” for the movie will be on Thursday, the day before it opens on Friday (October 14).
“Our movie, “Last Film Show” (Chhello Show), has generated a lot of fan interest, so we are thrilled to be able to premiere it on Thursday’s “Last Show.”
“Also, what better way to celebrate its selection at the 95th Oscars than by releasing it in 95 cinemas at a wonderful price of Rs 95,” director Pan Nalin said in a statement.
Inspired by Nalin’s own memories of falling in love with movies as a child in rural Gujarat, “Last Film Show” is set at the cusp of the digital revolution.
Set in a remote rural village of Saurashtra, the film follows the story of a nine-year-old boy who begins a lifelong love affair with cinema when he bribes his way into a rundown movie palace and spends a summer watching movies from the projection booth.
In a joint statement, producers Siddharth Roy Kapur of Roy Kapur Films and Dheer Momaya of Jugaad Motion Pictures said they are thrilled with “Last Film Show” release on the big screen.
“With our exhibitors on board, we are releasing the film in the final shows of Thursday across 95 cinemas at a Rs 95 ticket price. This is our humble way of honouring the love and excitement audiences across India have shown for our film. See you at the movies,” they said.
“Last Film Show” is produced by Roy Kapur Films, Jugaad Motion Pictures, Monsoon Films and Chhello Show LLP.
In cooperation with PVR, Roy Kapur Films is distributing the movie in the nation.
In the United States, Samuel Goldwyn Films will release it, while Orange Studio will do so in France. The movie is being distributed to theatres in Japan and Italy by Shochiku Studios and Medusa, respectively.