Some of the reports have been doing rounds suggesting that the Writer-director Keith Gomes’ short film titled Shameless, is India's official entry in the 93rd Oscars in the ‘Live Action Short Film’ category. But there's a bit of a catch, director of the film Natkhat, Shaan Vyas clarifies there's no announcement as such, and the actual announcement will be around February'2021.
He adds, "I’m surprised at reports as in fact, Natkhat won “best film” at Best of India Short Film Festival, is eligible for Oscar qualification and very much in the race to the Oscars 2021. The Oscar Shortlists Announcement only comes out in Feb 2021."
Nathkat is a story of a doting mother who educates her young son about gender equality. It premiered on YouTube as part of the We Are One: A Global Film Festival. With an ensemble cast of Vidya Balan, Sanika Patel and Raj Arjun, the short film won various accolades and critical acclaim as well.
The shortlisted list of five films that included Natkhat, Shameless, Sound Proof, Safar and Trapped are eligible for Oscar qualification, and none of them are announced as India's Official Entry yet.