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Bittu in Oscars 2021 shortlist. All you need to know about the Indian short film

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Bittu has made it to the Live Action Short Film shortlist for the 93rd Academy Awards. We have listed everything that you need to know about the film.

After Jallikattu failed to make it to the International Feature Film shortlist for the 93rd Academy Awards, director Karishma Dev Dube’s Bittu is keeping the hope alive to bring an Oscar home. The film has been shortlisted in the Live Action Short Film category.

We have listed down all the things that you need to know about the Academy Award-nominated film:

1. Bittu competed with 174 films to make it to the list of 10 finalists in the Live Action Short Film category .

2. The film is presented by Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga, and writer-director Tahira Kashyap Khurrana under the banner Indian Women Rising (IWR), a Cinema collective aimed at discovering and encouraging Indian female talent. The three producers launched IWR in January this year.

3. Bittu is a true story about a close friendship between two girls, eclipsed by an accident. The film is set in rural India and revolves around the story of two little girls and their friendship.

4. Bittu is inspired by a poisoning accident that took place in a school in 2013. Karishma took inspiration from the incident and took the story to rural Himalayas where she grew up.

5. Though inspired by the poisoning accident, the film focuses on a child’s psychology rather than the incident. Karishma explained the same. She said, “Inspired by an infamous school poisoning that took place in India in 2013. This film is less about why and how the poisoning happened; instead, it explores a child’s experience suddenly and senselessly thrown into such peril…In reimagining the narrative, I took the story to a remote village in the Himalayas’ forgotten side, a place that was also home to my boarding school growing up. It was here when I formed my complicated relationship with authority, much like the one Bittu has with her teachers in school.”

6. Karishma Dev Dube has previously bagged the prestigious Director’s Guild of America (DGA) Student Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in the Asian American Category for Bittu.

7.Bittu doesn’t feature any known names. The director opted for street casting. She went to local communities and government schools in the rural area and organised theatre workshops and selected kids for her film.

8. After rehearsals, which went on for two months, Bittu was shot in a span of just six days.

9. Producer Guneet Monga’s 2018 film, Period. End of Sentence, had won an Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject in 2019.

10. Thanking fans for the success of Bittu, Guneet wrote on Twitter, “So so grateful for ‘Bittu’ and our incredible team… Say a little prayer and wish us luck for the next round of nominations.”

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