Not all hope is lost for India’s win at oscars 2021 even after Jalikattu exited the list as it missed out on getting nominated. Karishma Dev Dube’s film Bittu is next in line and poses as a serious contender for winning an Oscar for India at the 2021 ceremony. Bittu has nabbed a nomination in the category of Best Live Action Short category. The film follows the story of two young girls in the Himalayas as they face issues of modern India and corrupt adults.
Speaking about directing the film, Karishma has said that she never expected to be nominated at the Oscars and was shocked to hear the news. Recalling the time she started working on the project she said, “I shot the film two years ago now, but had been developing it since 2015 along with my sister. Through the course of the film, I’ve met with wonderful people who work very hard to sustain a safe, freeing space for these children. But there’s a certain darkness that exists when you realize what you’re writing about, i.e. the inability of our society to protect its most vulnerable, is so alive in so many different ways in our world today. The editing process was particularly challenging. I spent a year almost finding the film in the edit in New York, I felt very disconnected from everyone and everything when I came back to the States after the shoot of Bittu.”
The film is supported by Ekta Kapoor, Tahira Kashyap and Guneet Monga through Indian Women Rising initiative.