A still from Bittu.
A still from Bittu.

Karishma Dev Dube's short film Bittu makes it to top 10 list for Oscars

Indian filmmaker Karishma Dev Dube's Bittu has been shortlisted in the top 10 list in the Short Film in Live Action category for the 93rd Academy Awards. The film has been presented by Tahira Kashyap, Ekta Kapoor and Guneet Monga under their Indian Women Rising initiative.
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 12:58 PM IST

Writer-filmmaker Tahira Kashyap has penned a heartfelt note as short film Bittu made it to the top 10 list in the Short Film in Live Action category for the Oscars. Bittu has been made by aspiring Indian filmmaker Karishma Dev Dube and follows the journey of a fierce little girl who refuses to be forgotten.

Sharing the news from the Oscars' Twitter handle on Instagram, Tahira wrote, "#bittu is in the top 10 for the 93rd Academy Awards! Can’t keep calm as this is our first project under @indianwomenrising. This one is so special @k.devdube may you shine. congratulations @shredevdube @maryelista you all are rockstars. @ektarkapoor @guneetmonga @ruchikaakapoor we so have our heart in the right place! Can’t wait to hug you. Pls continue supporting this short film with a big heart."

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Ekta also shared a post about how excited she was about the new development.

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The second round of voting begins on March 5 that would decide the top 5 films across the globe, making it to the final nominations to be announced on the March 15.

Following the journey of a little girl and her heartwarming bond of friendship with a fellow classmate from the village, Bittu is set against the backdrop of a tragic incident. The project has Dube as the director, Shreya Dev Dube as the cinematographer and Mary Evangelista as the producer.

Dube is a proud recipient of the prestigious 47th Student Academy Award. Tahira, along with Ekta Kapoor and Guneet Monga have joined hands to form a cinema collective - Indian Women Rising which presented the film.

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Dube said, “It’s every filmmaker’s dream to be recognised by the academy, and I’m overwhelmed by the gratitude. This recognition however is not mine alone, I made this film with an incredible cast and crew, all of whom I’m so grateful for. I’m just very happy that Bittu is able to represent this team and my country at this platform."

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Bittu received an overwhelming response at more than 18 film festivals and recorded multiple wins. Having screened at the BFI London Film Festival, Telluride, Palm Springs Shortfest, HollyShorts (where Karishma won the best director award) Bittu also came to India with Dharamshala International Film Festival.

Earlier, Priyanka Chopra, Madhuri Dixit, Ayushmann Khurrana, Dia Mirza, Ali Fazal, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sonali Bendre amongst others had given a shout out to the film on social media.

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