Ranbir Kapoor's Oscar-nominated debut short film Karma streams live at Bandra Film Festival


For 14 years, we were living under the misconception that Ranbir Kapoor's acting debut was Saawariya (2007). Even records available on Google said so. Now, in a 'bubble burst' moment, fans got to know that much before Saawariya, Ranbir acted in a short film titled Karma in 2004. Not just this, the film was also nominated for Oscars. Those who want to watch it can head to Bandra Film Festival Youtube Channel. The 26-minute short film is currently available on the platform. 

Karma is directed by Abhay Chopra, the grandson of BR Chopra. Abhay, better known as Juno, directed Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha in Ittefaq (2017) and also produced Kartik Aaryan, Ananya Panday and Bhumi Pednekar's Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019). Karma, according to the synopsis, is a fictional drama film "set in a time when anti-capital punishment revolutions had started. It depicts a father's dilemma when his own son is sentenced to death." The film also stars veteran actor Sharat Saxena.


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Abhay, in a statement, told, "I have fond memories of directing Ranbir Kapoor. He had not even started his career back then. He is such an effortless actor. Acting really runs through his veins. Sharat Saxena has done a phenomenal job in the film and has such powerful screen presence. I’m glad I could tell this story and that it is getting an extended viewership at the Bandra Film Festival."

He added, "The year I made this film, capital punishment was a part of every prime-time debate and churned out scores of opinion pieces and cover stories. India saw the hanging of Dhananjay Chatterjee for the rape and murder of Hetal Parekh which fuelled these debates. Karma is fiction but heavily inspired from reality."

(Source: YouTube/The Indian Express)