The trio Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga and Tahira Kashyap Khurana have recently announced their foray – a cinema collective named Indian Women Rising to promote and accent Indian women content creators around the world. As their first project, the initiative has chosen to support the internationally acclaimed short film Bittu Where the collective would stretch their muscles to help the film’s campaign run the Oscars.
Directed by Karishma Dev Dubey, a previous Dean’s Companion from NYU, Unpublished Bittu Has been awarded the 47th ‘Student Academy Award’ and is now slated to make it to the Oscar race for the short film category.
Inspired by the infamous school poisoning of 2013, Bittu This day in school usually reveals a close friendship between two school girls. Set in picturesque locations against the backdrop of the Himalayas, Bittu Follows the story of an eight-year-old who must take his community into his own hands if he fails to protect his most vulnerable people.
Supporting the film as its first project, under the initiative of Indian Women Rising, Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga and Tahira Kashyap Khurana, Karama Dev Dubey pledged to empower this story presented by a strong team of women , Which features Shreya Dev Dubey as the director. Mary Evangelista as cinematographer and producer.
Indian Women Rising, a cinema collective determined to discover, nurture and spark Indian female talent in cinema around the world, furthers the film’s journey to expand its scope of marketing, sales and distribution.
Talking about choosing Bittu, Indian woman in joint shared statement, Bittu A simple yet an incredibly impressive story. We continued to resonate with the story presented by the female creators, in which Karisma Dev Dubey, Shreya Dubey and Mary Evangelista came together as a team. With ‘Indian Women’s Rising’, we aim to be able to provide the necessary stories to force the potential to achieve higher goals, Bittu With its sophisticated storytelling and impeccable presentation seemed the ideal choice for our first project and we plan to shine the spotlight in the film as it joins the run for the Oscar in the Best Live Action Short category. “
Director Karisma Dev Dubey shared, “Bittu Some aspects of my life in Dehradun’s boarding school stemmed from — and sometimes my most formal friendship with — my difficult relationship with the Authority. Though at its core, the film is a re-imagining of the infamous 2013 school poisoning in Bihar, through the eyes of Bittu, a fierce and brilliantly dishonest eight-year-old girl. The film explores less why and how poison, instead it attempts to bring an otherwise forgotten community to life in the foothills of the Himalayas. We have had an incredible journey with Bittu, we were awarded the Student Academy Award last year and continue to explore the new world with our proud partnership with IWR — a must in India. “
Presented by Indian cinema Rising, a cinema collective, Bittu is a short film that won a student Oscar (silver medal). The film had several prestigious film festivals naming it including the BFI London Film Festival, Telluride, Palm Springs Shortfest and Dharamshala Film Festival.
At the Holishorts Film Festival, director Karisma Dev Dubey won the Best Director award.
Now supported by a trio of IWR, Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga and Tahira Kashyap Khurana, Bittu is competing for the Best Live Action Short Film Award at the 2021 Oscars.
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