Rahul Koli Child Actor: Child star of India’s Oscar entry dies days before movie’s release | Ahmedabad News

AHMEDABAD: His first film became his swan song, as Rahul Koli, 15, one of the six child stars of ‘Chhello Show‘ (The Last Film Show), India’s official entry to 95th Academy Awards (Oscars), breathed his last on October 2.
He succumbed to leukaemia for which he was under treatment for the past four months. His family organized a prayer meet for him at his native Hapa near Jamnagar on Monday. Ramu Koli, his father, got emotional while talking about the last interactions.
Rahul Koli first developed low-grade fever which kept coming back despite multiple treatments. He would then be taken to Jamnagar for further treatment and finally to Ahmedabad for hospitalization.
“On Sunday, October 2, he had his breakfast and then after repeated bouts of fever in the following hours, Rahul vomited blood thrice and just like that my child was no more. Our family is devastated. But we will watch his ‘last film show’ together on the release day on October 14 after we perform his final purification rituals,” said Koli amid sobs.
The autorickshaw driver said that Rahul was the eldest among three siblings. “We are poor, but Rahul’s dream meant everything for us. We had to sell our rickshaw for Rahul’s treatment, but when the film crew realized they got the rickshaw back for us,” he added.
Pan Nalin told TOI that it’s devastating news for all associated with the movie. “We have been with the family looking after Rahul for weeks but in the end, he could not be saved,” he said.

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