'Natkhat' is a short film which premiered on YouTube on June 2, 2020 as part of 'We Are One: A Global Film Festival'. The film is directed by Shaan Vyas and produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Vidya Balan. This short film has been written by Annukampa Harsha and Shaan Vyas with Sanaya Irani Johri as associate producer. The film stars Vidya Balan and child actor Sanika Patel in the lead roles.
The main story of the film revolves around a mother who educates her son about gender equality. It shows how masculinity and patriarchy in children begin with very small and large examples. The film also depicts our present patriarchal environment and it is also told that we are in dire need of change to change it. Vidya Balan's character will definitely make the audience think on various issues.
Talking about the concept of the film, the concept of the film is special , director Shaan Vyas says, 'Natkhat is a film that addresses the fact that we can establish any number of reforms and institutions to address female oppression. Take, but at a young age, deep change can be brought about fundamentally only through proper upbringing of children and teaching children the importance of equality.
The Bitter Truth
Revealed in Research: The director would go on to say, 'When me and my co-producer Annukampa Harsha went out to do research for the film, we realized that every sign available to a child was a relationship between men and women. Is representative of power-difference. On looking around, he is seen as a policeman, army personnel, male politician, male principal in school and even in the role of hero in entertainment.
Social forces are very strong: Shaan Vyas
Talking about external influences affecting children, Shan Vyas says, 'These social forces are very strong and parents cannot control this. Children imbibe it and they have a special place in their mind that only men can be a better gender. One thing parents can change is the way their own children see this and this inequality. '