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Vidya Balan turns producer with her next project Natkhat

Vidya Balan

By: Murtuza Nullwala

Vidya Balan is joining the league of actresses like Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, and Deepika Padukone. The Kahaani actress is all set to make her debut as a producer with a short film titled Natkhat. She won’t just produce it but will also star in the short film.

Natkhat is mainly being made for film festivals and will tackle a lot of issues like 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. Along with Vidya, the short film will also be produced by Ronnie Screwvala.

Vidya took to Instagram to share this news with her fans. She posted, “I’m happy and excited to share that a few days ago, I did my first short film as an actor …. The film is called Natkhat and has me in a new role….that of ‘PRODUCER‘ ?…. I never had plans to turn producer but the story written by @annukampa_harsh and #ShaanVyas propelled me in that direction ?…Its been a new and precious experience working with @shaanvs the director and his team, and to be partnering with #RonnieScrewvala & @rsvpmovies @sanayairanizohrabi on this beautiful and powerful story.Can’t wait to share it with my world and hoping that it speaks to you like it did to me ?. #natkhat #ronniescrewvala.”

Talking about the film, 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…”

Coming to other projects of Vidya, the actress will next be seen on the big screen in Mission Mangal which is slated to release on 15th August 2019. The movie is based on ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission and will mainly focus on the women behind the mission. The movie also stars Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen and Sharman Joshi.

Vidya also has Shakuntala Devi’s biopic in her kitty. For the uninitiated, Shakuntala Devi is a writer and mental calculator and she is popularly called as the ‘human computer’. Reportedly, Vidya will also be seen in Anurag Basu’s next which also stars Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, and Aditya Roy Kapur.

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