The film managed to attract the critics' attention with its stellar screenplay and performances. Based on a true story, Bittu tells the tale of a heartwarming friendship between two school-going friends. Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga and Tahira Kashyap who have aided Bittu under their cinema collective Indian Women Rising are excited and ‘can’t keep calm’ as their first project has made it to the Oscars shortlist.
The film participated in over eighteen film festivals across the world. Karishma Dev Dube's directorial 'Bittu', on Wednesday, was shortlisted for the Live Action Short Film Category for the 93rd Academy Awards. Meanwhile, India's official Oscar entry 'Jallikattu' failed to make it to the International Feature Film shortlist.
The official list on the website said, "Ten films will advance in the Live Action Short Film category for the 93rd Academy Awards. One hundred seventy-four films qualified in the category. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees."
Guneet Monga too expressed her excitement 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 @maryelist. So grateful for BITTU and our incredible team… ♥️ Say a little prayer and wish us luck for the next round of nominations the filmmaker wrote on Instagram. Ekta Kapoor reposted Monga’s post as she expressed her happiness.
Several celebrities including Vidya Balan, Sandhya Mridul, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Arati Kadav congratulated the makers on the big recognition.