Kush, directed by 22-year-old Shubhashish Bhutiani, won the Satyajit Ray Foundation Short Film Competition at the recently concluded London Indian Film Festival.
The short film was shortlisted at the Academy Awards this year and has bagged over 20 awards across several international film festivals in various countries, including the Best Short Film at Venice International Film Festival in 2013. The film, which has even won a National Award, is based on a true story. Set against the backdrop of Indira Gandhi’s assassination on October 31, 1984 and the subsequent violence against Sikhs, it tells the tale of a 10-year-old Sikh boy Kush, who is returning from a field trip along with his teacher and classmates, when their bus is attacked by a mob.
The movie has won appreciation from the industry. Kajol says, “It’s a great watch with an amazing performance by the little Sardar.” Director Habib Faisal says, “Kush is a very touching film. The cinematography, editing, screenplay are wonderful but the idea itself is so much bigger than all those aspects.” Shubhashish, who is elated with the positive response to the movie, says, “The reactions of people have been overwhelming. It’s encouraging to see how a small film can connect in such a big way.” He is now working on a few scripts for feature films.
Source by :- The Times of India