Directed by the debutante director Subhashish Bhutiani, the short film Kush has made it to the short list of 10 films that are contending for nominations in best live action film category at the Oscar awards this year.
The 22-year-old director of the film worked on Kush while at New York’s School of Visual Arts and the film earned him acclaim at the 70th Venice Film Festival, South Asian Film Festival and Hamton’s International Film Festival.
“It is made on a budget of Rs 8 to 10 lakh and many people have funded this film. Initially it did require a lot of convincing since it’s my first and it’s not easy to make your first short in this budget,” Bhutiani said.
Eight-year-old Shayan Samir plays the titular role in Kush, that is centered around a school teacher’s struggle to protect a 10 year old Sikh boy during the anti-Sikh riots in 1984.
“Not many know about the incident. I didn’t know and the film is very Indian at the same time the subject is very universal,” Bhutiani added.