MUMBAI: Actor Vidya Balan’s debut short film “Natkhat” was selected by the Mumbai Film Festival for its world premiere at “We Are One: A Global Film Festival” on June 2.
The film, which also stars Vidya, addresses patriarchy and toxic masculinity, while also addressing various topics such as gender inequality, the culture of rape, and domestic violence.
Vidya said that due to the “unimaginable and stunning crisis of COVID-19”, while film festivals around the world have been canceled, digital festivals like We Are One hope for viewers and filmmakers.
“I am very happy and excited to show our film on this platform. “Natkhat” is a very special film because it addresses something that is extremely relevant in these times while delivering a strong message, “the actor said in a statement.
Produced and organized by Tribeca Enterprises of New York, the 10-day digital film festival will be featured on YouTube and will span the schedule of 20 festivals, including those held in Mumbai, Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Toronto, New York, and BFI London.
Film co-producer Ronnie Screwvala said initiatives like We Are One are “really making a difference” by bringing people together even in these tough times.
“Festival donations will go to the World Health Organization and I am happy that our film is being screened on such a platform. It is an honor for us, “he added.
Written by Annukampa Harsh and Shaan Vyaas with associate producer Sanaya Irani Zohrabi, “Natkhat” is directed by Shaan Vyas. (AGENCIES)