Vidya Balan is currently busy promoting her next, Mission Mangal, apart from working on her web series on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Amidst that, we hear that Vidya has taken up another project, a short film titled Natkhat, which exposes the rape culture in India. The actress will not only play the lead role in the social drama but the project will also mark her debut as a producer. According to a leading daily, Vidya has joined hands with good friend and producer Ronnie Screwvala to bankroll the film, which is co-written and directed by Shaan Vyas, who has produced acclaimed films like Masaan (2015) and Shahid (2012).
A source close to the film revealed to the daily, "With Vidya at the centre of the proceedings, the story depicts how parenting can play a key role in abolishing gender inequality and rape culture. While Shaan was keen that Vidya play the lead, he was in for a surprise as the actor readily came on board as a producer. The film is currently on the editing table and is likely to be released next month. Shaan is also keen to take it to some international festivals."
I’m happy and excited 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 #ShaanVyas the director and his team, and to be partnering with #RonnieScrewvala & #rsvpfilms 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
Confirming the same, Vidya told the daily that Natkhat is one of the most thought-provoking stories to have come her way. "It's a powerful story that called out to me in a way that made me want to act in it and also turn producer. And who better than RSVP to do it with! It explores the patriarchal imitation culture across India through innocence, relationships and euphemisms, which have not been showcased on screen before," she pointed out. Ronnie too echoed her sentiments and said, "The project addresses so many issues and gives out a powerful message too," adding that he is 'happy' to collaborate with Vidya on the project.
Workwise, Vidya was last seen on the silver screen in Tumhari Sulu.