Natkhat is a 2020 Indian short film directed by Shaan Vyas, written by Vyas and Annukampa Harsh and produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Vidya Balan. The short film stars Vidya Balan as a mother educating her young son about gender equality and Sanika Patel in the leading role of Sonu. A story framed within a story where a mother notices her young, school-going son Sonu gravitating towards misogyny and disregard for the other gender just like the men in her family. The short film gave a glimpse of a mother- son relationship and the story is a heart catching one.
Natkhat was screened at prestigious international (virtual) film festivals across the world. It world premiered at Tribeca’s We Are One: A Global Film Festival (2nd June 2020) after which it was screened and won the German Star of India Award at the Indian Film Festival Stuttgart (15th – 20th July 2020). The short film was also invited for the London Indian Film Festival in London and Birmingham (17th – 20th Sept 2020), the South Asian Film Festival – Orlando/Florida Film Festival (10th – 11th Oct 2020) and opened the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (16th – 23rd Oct 2020).
Natkhat was announced the Winner and eligible for Oscar®️ 2021 qualification. Natkhat was also screened at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (4th – 12th Dec 2020) and the International Kids Film Festival (IKFF) (20th Nov 2020). IKFF, conceived by LXL Ideas, is India’s largest children’s film festival that aims to bring inspiring, meaningful and globally diverse cinema to children in the remotest parts of the world! At this festival an Adult Jury comprising of 12 experts in the fields of film and education, and a Child Jury of 45 members selected from schools in India, Italy, France, South Korea, Taiwan, Kyrgyzstan and the US that Natkhat was presented the award for Best Live Action Short (13+ Years).
Angelica La Rocca, a child juror from Giffoni Film Festival, Italy said, “This short film is just perfect. Natkhat reinforces the idea of a possible solution against the social menace of misogyny and patriarchy. It shows that child rearing at home is where you begin the real education, and thanks to the effervescent performances (mainly by the child actors) the message comes out pretty well.”
Shaan Vyas the director of the short film said, “Natkhat was made with a very naïve yet powerful urge to change things. To reach every corner of the earth and tell the world that change begins at home. We are very humbled by this selection for the Oscar race. I feel that the world is yet to discover the excellent quality of Indian films made over the past few years and we hope to revive that interest in our cinema if Natkhat does make it to the shortlist.”
Vidya Balan said, “After a year that has been turbulent, it feels great to have our film qualify for the Oscars®️. This film is incredibly close to me since it gave me a chance to play the dual roles of actor and producer.”
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 continued to advance and bridge the gaps in new and disruptive ways. Our film, Natkhat has travelled the world last year, addressing important issues and providing a powerful message. We are thrilled to be racing for the Oscars 2021.”
Natkhat was a great success for the team as it is receiving lots of love and appreciation from the audience. Also the short film is receiving applauds wide wide.