RSVP short film Natkhat with Vidya Balan at the Oscar 2021 race

Natkhat, produced by Ronnie Screwvala & Vidya Balan and directed by Shaan Vyas, is a 33-minute short film that underscores the fact that at home we learn the values ​​that shape us and make us who we are. A story embedded in a story in which a mother (Vidya Balan) notices her young, school-age son Sonu (Sanika Patel), who, like the men in her family, is interested in misogyny and disregard for the opposite sex. Vidya Balan, who became a producer on this film, plays the role of a housewife in a patriarchal environment. The film touches on the sweet mother-son relationship that trembles with every beat and calms down with a calming touch.

During the turbulent 2020, Natkhat traveled and was shown at prestigious international (virtual) film festivals around the world. It premiered at Tribecas We Are One: A Global Film Festival (June 2, 2020) and then screened at the Indian Film Festival Stuttgart (July 15-20, 2020) and was awarded the German Star of India Award. The short film was also invited to the London Indian Film Festival in London and Birmingham (September 17-20, 2020), the South Asian Film Festival – Orlando / Florida Film Festival (October 10-11, 2020) and opened the Indian Film Festival in Melbourne (October 16-23, 2020).

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At the Best of India Short Film Festival (November 7, 2020) Natkhat was named the winner and qualified for the Oscar®® 2021 qualification. However, this was not the last festival of 2020. The year ended with Natkhat screened at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (December 4-12, 2020) and the International Kids Film Festival (IKFF) (November 20, 2020) has been. IKFF, conceived by LXL Ideas, is India’s largest children’s film festival, which aims to offer children in the most remote parts of the world inspiring, meaningful and globally diverse cinema! At this festival, with an adult jury consisting of 12 experts from the fields of film and education, and a children’s jury consisting of 45 members selected from schools in India, Italy, France, South Korea, Taiwan, Kyrgyzstan and the USA, Natkhat was presented with the Award for the best live-action short film (13+ years).

Angelica La Rocca, a children’s judge from the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy, said: “This short film is just perfect. Natkhat reiterates the idea of ​​a possible solution to the social threat posed by misogyny and patriarchy. It shows that in parenting at home, the real education begins, and thanks to the bubbly performances (mostly from the child actors) the message comes out pretty well. “

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The director, Shaan Vyas, said, “Natkhat was made with a very naive but strong urge to change things. To reach every corner of the world and tell the world that change begins at home. We are very humble about this selection for the Oscar race. I feel that the world has not yet discovered the superb quality of Indian films made in recent years and we hope to revive that interest in our cinema when Natkhat makes it on the shortlist. “

Actor and producer Vidya Balan stepped into the running for the 2021 Oscars and said, “After a turbulent year, it feels great to have our film qualify for the Oscars®️. This film is incredibly close to me as it gave me the opportunity to play the dual roles of actor and producer. “

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Producer Ronnie Screwvala said, “Even in these times, creativity and content have found ways to thrive and travel. Through innovation and technology, international festivals and award ceremonies have further advanced and closed the gaps in new and disruptive ways. Our film Natkhat traveled the world last year, touching on important issues and delivering a strong message. We’re very excited to be racing for the 2021 Oscars. “

The film was written by Annukampa Harsh and Shaan Vyas with associate producer Sanaya Irani Zohrabi. Natkhat is directed by Shaan Vyas and produced by Vidya Balan and Ronnie Screwvala.

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