Co-produced by and starring actor Vidya Balan, the short film Natkhat bags eligibility for Oscar nominations. 

More than anything else, 2020 is the year of ingenious executions, especially for the entertainment industry, which, if anything, adapted the best to the pandemic. Amidst all the big releases hitting the small screen, top film festivals, including Cannes, Venice, Toronto, and Berlin, participated in a free 10-day virtual film festival via YouTube’s We Are One: A Global Film Festival. Another piece of good news: Vidya Balan‘s short film Natkhat won the top prize at the third edition of Best Of India Short Film Festival 2020, after its premiere on YouTube.


Directed by Shaan Vyas and written by Vyas and Annukampa Harsh (also casting director and the creative producer), the film is a story of a mother teaching her young son about gender equality and calling out toxic misogyny. Natkhat marks Balan’s debut as producer as well.

Balan took to Instagram to share this incredible response with her fans. “In a year that has been turbulent, it feels great to win the first award for our film that leads the way directly to Oscar qualification. This film is incredibly close to me since it gave me a chance to play the dual roles of actor and producer,” the actress said. Balan was last seen on screen as and in Shakuntala Devi, which released on Amazon Prime.  


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Yay!! 💃🏻💃🏻 Im over the moon ❣️So grateful ❣️ Posted @withregram • @shortstvindia Short film Natkhat featuring Vidya Balan bags the winning trophy at ShortsTV’s Best of India Short Film Festival 2020! The film is now eligible for Oscar®️ Consideration and wins a grand prize of $2,500! @shaanvs @balanvidya #ronniescrewvala @annukampa_harsh @sanayairanizohrabi @mittikibetisanika @tataskyofficial @dishtv.india @d2h_official @airtelindia . . . #shortstv #boisff2020 #shortfilm #shortfilms #shortfilming #shortfilmmaker #shortfilmmaking #shortfilmseries #natkhat #vidyabalan #society #genderroles #shortfilmfestival #shortfilmcorner #shortbusters #academyawards #oscar #november #boisff2020 #rsvp #filmmaking #filmfestival #vidyabalan

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This short film is Shaan Vyas’s directorial debut; his repertoire includes producing films like The Lunchbox, Masaan, and Haraamkhor. The film has also won prize money of US$2,500 (Rs 1,85,497 approximately) and an opportunity for a television broadcast deal on ShortsTV.