Some of the reports have been doing rounds suggesting that the Writer-director Keith Gomes’ short film titled 'Shameless', is India's official entry in the 93rd Oscars in the ‘Live Action Short Film’ category. But there's a bit of a catch, director of the film 'Natkhat', Shaan Vyas clarifies there's no announcement as such, and the actual announcement will be around February 2021.
He adds, "I’m surprised at reports as in fact, Natkhat won the best film at Best of India Short Film Festival, is eligible for Oscar qualification, and very much in the race to the Oscars 2021. The Oscar Shortlists Announcement only comes out in Feb 2021."
'Nathkat' is a story of a doting mother who educates her young son about gender equality. It premiered on YouTube as part of the We Are One: A Global Film Festival. With an ensemble cast of Vidya Balan, Sanika Patel and Raj Arjun, the short film won various accolades and critical acclaim as well.
The shortlisted list of five films that included ‘Natkhat’, 'Shameless', ‘Sound Proof’, ‘Safar’ and ‘Trapped’ are eligible for Oscar qualification, and none of them are announced as India's Official Entry yet.
Co-starring Hussain Dalal and Rishabh Kapoor, 'Shameless' revolves around the theme of loss of human spirit due to technology, while it also attempts to raise relevant questions on issues of entitlement, humanity and empathy toward the migrant class.
"My experience on 'Shameless' was fantastic and now we submitting to the Oscars, it's a wow! Keith is wonderful as a director and very gentle with his actors and crew. Hussain, of course is a great friend, and it was a ball working with him. We have a silent communication and understanding when it comes to improvisations etc," said Sayani.