Adding another feather to its cap, Pan Nalin's 'Last Film Show' has bagged the International Press Academy (IPA) "Best Breakthrough Performance" award at the 27th Satellite™ Awards. Bhavin Rabari, the 13-year-old leading actor in the film, is among the youngest recipients of the prestigious award.
'Last Film Show' ('Chello Show') is India's official entry to the 95th Academy Awards (Oscars). It is the first Indian film in 21 years to be shortlisted for the Oscar in the Best International Feature Film category. The film is a part-autobiographical drama where Rabari plays the protagonist, Samay.
Capturing the charm of Gujarat's western region, the film is also a reminder of childhood innocence and the universal magic of cinemav.
"The love the film and Bhavin have been receiving is humbling. This award is truly special because it recognizes his hard work at such a young age," Director Pan Nalin said on the prestigious win.
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Nalin is best known for directing award-winning and visually striking films such as 'Samsara', 'Valley of Flowers', and 'Angry Indian Goddesses'.
"I am very happy and want to thank Nalin Sir, Siddharth Sir and Dheer Bhai for the opportunity with this film. I hope we can make India Proud and win many more such awards and bring home the Oscar," said Rabari on receiving the award.
Receiving this award, Rabari joined an illustrious list of actors such as Edward Norton, Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Russel Crowe and Hale Berry, among others.
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Among the front runners for the shortlist at the 95th Academy Awards, the film has garnered appreciation and bagged top honours at Tribeca, Busan, Mill Valley, 66th Seminci and numerous other film festivals and awards globally.
Produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur, Dheer Momaya, Pan Nalin and Marc Duale, 'Last Film Show' was released by Samuel Goldwyn Films in the US and by Roy Kapur Films in India. It is now streaming on Netflix India. Orange Studio is the World Sales agent and will also release the film in France. Meanwhile, legacy-like studios Shochiku and Medusa are bringing it to Japanese and Italian cinemas, respectively.