Indian Women Rising picks Student Academy Award winner and Oscar contender Bittu as it’s inaugural project

Indian Women Rising picks Student Academy Award winner and Oscar contender Bittu as it’s inaugural project

By Bollywood Hungama27 January, 2021 2 min read
Indian Women Rising picks Student Academy Award winner and Oscar contender Bittu as it’s inaugural project

Trio Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga and Tahira Kashyap Khurrana recently announced their endeavour – a cinema collective named Indian Women Rising in an effort to promote and accentuate Indian female content creators across the globe. As their first project, the initiative has chosen to support the internationally acclaimed short film Bittu where the collective will put its muscle to aid the film’s campaign at the Oscars run.

Directed by Karishma Dev Dube, a past Dean’s fellow from NYU, the unreleased Bittu has bagged the honour of the 47th ‘Student Academy Award’ and is now set to run the race for the Oscar for Short Film Category.

Inspired by the infamous school poisoning of 2013, Bittu explores the close friendship between two school girls on this seemingly normal day at school. Set in the picturesque locations against the backdrop of Himalayas, Bittu follows the story of an eight-year-old who must take matters into her own hands when her community fails to protect its most vulnerable.

Backing the film as its first project under the initiative of Indian Women Rising, Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga and Tahira Kashyap Khurrana have pledged to empower this story presented by a strong team of women comprising of Karishma Dev Dube as the director, Shreya Dev Dube as the cinematographer and Mary Evangelista as the producer.

Indian Women Rising, a cinema collective is determined to discover, nurture and shine spotlight on Indian female talent in cinema across the globe, pushing the film’s journey to expand its scope of marketing, sales and distribution.

Talking about the selection of Bittu, Indian Women Rising in a joint statement shared, Bittu is a simple yet an incredibly impactful story. We resonated with the story presented by female creators, with Karishma Dev Dube, Shreya Dube and Mary Evangelista coming together as a team. With ‘Indian Women Rising’, our is aim to be able to provide the necessary thrust to potential stories in order to achieve higher goals, Bittu seemed the ideal choice for our first project with its refined story and immaculate presentation and we plan to shine spotlight at the film as it joins the run for Oscars in Best Live Action Short category.”

Director Karishma Dev Dube shares, “Bittu stems from certain aspects of my life in boarding school in Dehradun- my most formative friendships in and sometimes my difficult relationship with authority. At its core however, the film is a re-imagination of the infamous 2013 school poisoning in Bihar, through the eyes of Bittu, a fierce and brilliantly foul-mouthed eight year old girl. The film is less about why and how the poisoning happened, instead it attempts to bring to life an otherwise forgotten community in the foothills of the Himalayas. We’ve had an incredible journey with Bittu, we were honored with the Student Academy Award last year and continue to explore new worlds with our proud partnership with IWR- an initiative much needed in India.”

Presented by Indian Women Rising, a cinema collective, Bittu is a short film that won the Student’s Oscar (Silver medal). The film screened at several prestigious film festivals including the BFI London Film Festival, Telluride, Palm Springs Shortfest & Dharmshala Film Festival to name just a few.

At Hollyshorts Film Festival, the director Karishma Dev Dube won the best director award.

Now backed by the trio at IWR, Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga and Tahira Kashyap Khurrana, Bittu is competing for the Best Live Action Short Film award at the 2021 Oscars.

Bollywood Hungama
Written by

Bollywood Hungama

Trending articles

Here’s Why You Should Watch ‘Girls Hostel 2.0’

Here’s Why You Should Watch ‘Girls Hostel 2.0’

In the new season of The Viral Fever’s (TVF) college drama Girls Hostel, the medical versus dental wars continue between the girls. Zahira (Parul Gulati) and Jo (Srishti Shrivastava) still do not see eye-to-eye, while Richa (Ahsaas Channa) is still finding her footing with Aarav (Gagan Arora). The dental girls have been moved to a newer, smaller hostel where they’re facing a water crisis and other problems. This new season, unlike the first, focuses on more mature topics such as college politics, elections, eve teasing and more.

By Sanjana Subramanian 2 min read
BREAKING! Ranveer Singh starrer 83 to release on June 4, 2021

BREAKING! Ranveer Singh starrer 83 to release on June 4, 2021

It’s official! Ranveer Singh has announced the release date of his much-awaited film 83. The Kabir Khan directorial, which was scheduled for 2020 release, will now hit the screens on June 4, 2021. This is the sixth film today to have announced a theatrical release date.

By Bollywood Hungama < 1 min read
Shraddha Kapoor opens up about working with Ranbir Kapoor for Luv Ranjan’s next

Shraddha Kapoor opens up about working with Ranbir Kapoor for Luv Ranjan’s next

It was recently announced that Shraddha Kapoor will be working with Ranbir Kapoor for the first time in Luv Ranjan’s upcoming untitled rom-com. While the actors have never worked together before, they seem to be having a good time so far. Shraddha Kapoor has resumed work after almost a year and is clearly elated to be working. The team has already shot for a small portion of the film in Delhi and they have had a great time.

By Bollywood Hungama < 1 min read
See more articles
Privacy Note
By using www.bookmyshow.com(our website), you are fully accepting the Privacy Policy available at https://bookmyshow.com/privacy governing your access to Bookmyshow and provision of services by Bookmyshow to you. If you do not accept terms mentioned in the Privacy Policy, you must not share any of your personal information and immediately exit Bookmyshow.
List your Show
Got a show, event, activity or a great experience? Partner with us & get listed on BookMyShow
Contact today!
Copyright 2021 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
The content and images used on this site are copyright protected and copyrights vests with the respective owners. The usage of the content and images on this website is intended to promote the works and no endorsement of the artist shall be implied. Unauthorized use is prohibited and punishable by law.