Versatile actress Vidya Balan, whose skills in the acting department are no lightweight matter and entrepreneur philanthropist Ronnie Screwvala have joined hands for a socially relevant short film titled – ‘Natkhat’.
Being essentially made for international film festivals, ‘Natkhat’ addresses several issues such as patriarchy, gender inequality, rape culture, domestic abuse, compartmentalization by men in different relationships with women; and in doing so surpasses all possible barriers, be it age, gender, urban-rural divide and nationality. It leaves you with the message of parenting being key and potentially the solution to abolishing gender inequality and rape culture. ‘Natkhat’ explores the patriarchal imitation culture across India through innocence, relationships and euphemisms which have not been showcased on screen before.
This film marks many firsts for Vidya…her first short film as an actor and interestingly also her first outing as producer. Vidya said, “It’s the beautiful and powerful story that called out to me in a way that made me want to act in it and also turn producer. And who better than RSVP to do it with!”
Echoing Vidya’s sentiment, Ronnie Screwvala said, “When I first heard the script for ‘Natkhat’, I immediately knew this film had to be made. The film addresses so many issues and gives out a powerful message too. I am very happy to collaborate with Vidya on this film…”
Both, Vidya and Ronnie are known for delivering content driven films respectively, and their collaboration together definitely holds many promises.
Written by Annukampa Harsh & Shaan Vyas and developed with RSVP associate producer Sanaya Irani, ‘Natkhat’ is directed by Shaan Vyas and produced by Ronnie Screwvala & Vidya Balan.