“Being a woman filmmaker is my strength. I have a specific perspective on my characters and work relationship with my actors” - Karishma Dev Dube.
With a signature naturalistic style, Karishma Dev Dube’s film ‘Bittu’ captures the rawness of real life and portrays passion and humanity in between the bigger drama.
Inspired by the tragic Bihar school meal poisoning that took place in 2013, Bittu explores a child's experience from the event.
Bittu is among the 10 films shortlisted in the Best Live Action Short Film segment for the 93rd Academy Awards. Though the film did not cut to the final nomination at the 93rd Academy Awards, the movie won the silver spot last year at the 47th Student Academy Awards, which is part of the Academy of Motion Arts and Science that governs both the award platforms.
Bittu is also the recipient of many awards such as Best Director (Hollyshorts FF), Best Domestic Film (Denver Film Festival), Black Family Prize 2019 for Production, Reise Award for Post Production, to name a few.
The film has been making rounds at several prestigious film festivals and winning critics’ hearts. Dube has earlier written, produced and directed a short film Devi in 2017, which was also an award-winning marvel that played in 58 festivals worldwide including BFI London Film festival, Edinburgh FF and Outfest LA where it won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short.
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(Interviewed by Poorvi Gupta; video edited by Nang Tanvi)