Rahul Koli (2012-2022) was an Indian child actor who played the role of Manu in the film ‘Chhello Show,’ which was India’s official entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards. He died on 2 October 2022 in Ahmedabad due to Leukaemia.
Rahul Koli was born in 2012 (age 10 years; at the time of death) in Gujarat, India.
Parents & Siblings
His father, Ramu Koli, is a rickshaw driver. Rahul has three brothers and is the eldest among them.
In 2021, he starred in the Indian Gujarati-language film Chhello Show, which became India’s official entry for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards. He was cast by director Pan Nalin to play the role of Manu, who is one of the best friends of the lead named Samay (played by Bhavin Rabari). The film was released on 14 October 2022 in Gujarat and earned the 2022 Best Feature Film Award at the 3rd International Gujarati Film Festival (IGFF) in Atlanta USA.
In 2022, at the age of 10, Rahul was diagnosed with Blood cancer and was undergoing treatment for the same. He suffered from a high fever and was taken to a hospital in Jamnagar. After not getting any recovery, he was rushed to Ahmedabad for further hospitalization. Deccan Herald Times Now On 2 October 2022, Rahul passed away due to Leukaemia while he was undergoing treatment at the Gujarat Cancer Research Institute. Hindustan Times During an interview, his father, Ramu Koli, said,
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.”
- In an interview, Pan Nalin (Nalin Pandya), director of the film ‘Chhello Show,’ shared that when Rahul was admitted to the hospital, the entire Chhello Show team was with Rahul during his treatment. He further added,
We have been with the family looking after Rahul for weeks, but in the end, he could not be saved.”
- Rahul Koli was very excited and eagerly looking forward to the film’s release on 14 October 2022. During an interview, his father said that Rahul would often tell him that their lives would change after the release of the film. The Indian Express
- In an interview, his father talked about the financial constraints that the family faced during Rahul’s treatment and said,
We are poor but Rahul’s dream meant everything to us. We had to sell our rickshaw for his treatment, but when the film crew realized, they got the rickshaw back for us.”