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A scene from 'Bittu'. Image Credit: YouTube screenshot

While critically acclaimed Malayalam film ‘Jallikattu’ was left out of the Academy Awards’ Best International Feature Film shortlist, another Indian project is still in the race.

‘Bittu’, a short film directed by Karishma Dev Dube and presented by Tahira Kashyap, Ekta Kapoor and Guneet Monga, is one of 10 selected for the Best Live Action Short Film shortlist.

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Antony Varghese and Sabumon in 'Jallikattu'. Image Credit: Supplied

‘Bittu’, based on a true story, is about a heartwarming friendship between two school girls and is set against the backdrop of the Himalayas. The film comes under the Indian Women Rising initiative.

The project has another Oscars connection; Monga’s co-production ‘Period. End Of Sentence’ won the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 2019.

Monga, a Bafta nominee, shared her excitement about ‘Bittu’ on social media.

“It’s 4.30am in India... am tossing & turning, stress eating and texting my IWR girls thru the night and here we are !! BITTU is now shortlisted for the 93rd Academy Awards. @indianwomenrising’s first film BITTU directed by @k.devdube ... here we come Let’s do this @ektarkapoor @tahirakashyap @ruchikaakapoor @maryelista @shredevdube [sic],” Monga wrote in an Instagram post.

“So grateful for BITTU and our incredible team... Say a little prayer and wish us luck for the next round of nominations,” she added.

“Very exciting news but v persevering women I know who working at it! I’m in (an) august company! Way to go team #BITTU N @indianwomenrising,” wrote Kapoor, a producer more commonly known for her TV dramas.

Kashyap, the wife of actor Ayushmann Khurrana, asked people to keep supporting the movie.

“#bittu is in the top 10 for the 93rd Academy Awards! Can’t keep calm as this is our first project under @indianwomenrising. This one is so special @k.devdube may you shine congratulations @shredevdube @maryelista you all are rockstars @ektarkapoor @guneetmonga @ruchikaakapoor we so have our heart in the right place! Can’t wait to hug you… Guys pls continue supporting this short film with a big heart,” she tweeted.

This year, the Oscars will be held on April 25.