New Delhi, 07 Nov 2020 1:17 IST
Karishma Dev Dube’s short film won the Silver medal in the Narrative (Domestic Film Schools) category at the 47th Student Academy Awards 2020.
Inspired by a real incident of accidental poisoning that took place in a government school in Bihar, Karishma Dev Dube’s short film Bittu follows a headstrong girl, Bittu, whose life is changed irrevocably in an instant.
Bittu is an unkempt girl who is friends with Chand. Together, they sing songs, play and dance. Best friends in crime, they also sing trashy songs for bystanders to make a quick buck.
But Bittu isn’t so smart at school and when Chand joins the other students in laughing at her lack of knowledge, she cannot control her anger and hits back.
Bittu is punished by the principal but refuses to listen to her teacher and apologize for her behaviour. And then, a seemingly ordinary day turns tragic.
Bittu stands out from the rest of the children with her stubborn and feisty nature. She is a performer who enjoys dancing to film songs but finds herself at sea in the ordered, controlled space of the classroom. With close-up shots, Dube creates the insulated, close-knit world of the girls as well as the rebellious nature of her protagonist.
The story is set in a village in the hills and the setting becomes witness to a tragic incident. The performances of the children are the strength of the film, especially the free-spirited character of Bittu. The colour palette foreshadows the impending gloom and reflects the tone of the film, while the cinematography captures the gloominess of the isolated landscape, contrasting it with the vivaciousness of the two girls.
Bittu is Dube's thesis film. It won the Silver medal in the Narrative (Domestic Film Schools) category at the Student Academy Awards 2020. The film is eligible to compete in the Best Live Action Short Film category at the Academy awards.
Bittu is being screened at the Dharamshala International Film Festival 2020, which is taking place online this year. You can watch the film here.
Related topicsDharamshala International Film Festival
You might also like
Cinestaan Curates: Cuddly is an endearing ode to the unwavering love of mothers
Directed by Karan Shetty, the five-minute short film captures the nuances of a mother-daughter...
Watch Over Me review: Moving, humane look at illness, death and the process of grief
The documentary by Farida Pacha is an important look into medical care for terminally ill patients...
Letter From Your Far-off Country review: Compelling, poignant visual collage of history, memory and understanding
The personal examination by filmmaker Suneil Sanzgiri tries to make sense of events, past and around...