05 Feb 2021: 'Natkhat' in Oscars race: Vidya Balan shares snippet from movie
Bollywood actor Vidya Balan's short film Natkhat has entered the race for Oscars 2021 in the Best Short Film category.
The film, which was screened at prestigious film festivals last year, also marked Balan's debut as a producer.
The 42-year-old actor is thrilled with Natkhat making waves internationally. She also recently shared a snippet from the short.
Check it out here.
Post: Balan shared a snippet from the film
Balan took to Instagram to share a glimpse from the short film that has been nominated for Oscars 2021, writing, "Natkhat is in the race for the Oscars 2021! Here is a snippet from our special film (sic)."
The short clip shared by the actor sends across a powerful message on women's condition in India's male-dominated society.
Fact: Here is the post by Balan
Movie: 'Natkhat' premiered at 'We Are One' film festival
Directed by Shaan Vyas, who is known for producing films like Masaan and Zubaan, the movie premiered at the We Are One: A Global Film Festival.
The film tells the story of a mother (played by Balan) teaching her son (child artiste Sanika Patel) lessons on patriarchal society and the importance of gender equality through her bedtime stories.
Reviews: 'Natkhat' received decent reviews from critics
Balan was appreciated for bringing alive the simplicity and nuance of a mother on the screen, and delicately showing the problems that women face in a patriarchal society.
The movie opened to decent reviews from critics and viewers for its powerful storyline and impressive performances.
The movie has been co-produced by Ronnie Screwvala and written by Annukampa Harsh.
Oscars: 'Jallikattu' also nominated for Oscars 2021
On a related note, Lijo Jose Pellissery's Jallikattu has been selected as India's official entry in the Best International Feature Film category at the 93rd Academy Awards.
The Malayalam-language film was released in 2019.
The Oscars ceremony was earlier slated to take place on February 28, but it has since been postponed to April 25 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.