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Oscars nominations always seem to have an instant interest especially in India. And while only theatrical releases have made it to be qualified for Oscars, we have barely seen a short film making it or even being considered. However, it does come across as a majorly happy news that the supremely loved short film, Natkhat starring and co-produced by Vidya Balan has been qualified to be eligible for Oscars. This happened as the film won a top prize at the third edition of Best of India Short Film Festival 2020. "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," said Balan.
Balan turned producer with this film and plays a homemaker in a patriarchal setup. "Even in these times, creativity and content have found ways to thrive and travel. Through innovation and technology international festivals and platforms have continued to advance and bridge the gaps in new and disruptive ways. We are thrilled to have won the festival and are eligible for Oscar 2021 qualification. Onward, together Vidya and I hope to bring home an Oscar," co-producer Ronnie Screwvala said.
The film also won a prize money of $2,500 (approximately Rs 1,85,497) and an opportunity for a television broadcast deal on ShortsTV.