For almost an era, there has been a hide and seek relationship between India and the Oscars. However, the 91st Academy Awards, set to commence on 24th February in Los Angeles will have - Period: End of Sentence, a short film, directed by Rayka Zehtabchi, making it to the nominations in the category for Best Documentary [Short Subject]. Remember the times, when Slumdog Millionaire did wonders at Oscars, some years back? Maybe – this time – India may get lucky all over, once again!
Zehtabchi, an Iranian-American director, has come up with this extremely sensitive issue, related to the Indian women in rural areas. The short film is set through a village located near Delhi and revolves around the menstrual health being impacted for the betterment, by the installation of sanitary pads machine. Days and times, when the women,never had access to sanitary pads to the current, where the pad vending machine, is getting installed by Indian Padman i.e. Arunachalam Muruganantham, all across and is cost-effective too. The movie is said, to break stereotypes, all over again.
Last year, the movie – Padman – received a wonderful response from the audience. The Akshay Kumar starrer, did an excellent job on box office. Also, the movie created a huge impact on rural and many more underdeveloped areas, across the length and breadth of the country. There was a lot of awareness spread and resulted in the installation of sanitary pads machine. The last few months have witnessed exceptional growth in the area of improvement of menstrual health of women in the country.
Apart from the, Period: end of a sentence, other nominations include – End Game, Lifeboat, Black Sheep and A Night at the garden. These are major competitions, revolving around major topics like – Refugee crises, Nazism, medical challenges and conditions, and so on.
Guneet Monga, who delivered The Lunchbox, is the co-producer of the movie, Period: End of Sentence. The times are changing and what was once considered a Taboo, is today being spoken and discussed, both on national as well as international level and is resulting in successful movie - a medium which reaches masses! We wish the team with the best wishes and look forward to welcoming yet another Oscar in a new category - Best Documentary [Short Subject]