Currently, Vidya Balan is gearing up for the release of her upcoming film, Mission Mangal, in which she plays the role of Project Director named Tara Shinde. In the film, the actor will be seen alongside Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, H. G. Dattatreya and Sonakshi Sinha. The film directed by Jagan Shakti is based on the scientists at ISRO who contributed to the Mars Orbiter Mission, which marked India’s first interplanetary expedition.
Now apart from that, Vidya is all set to add a new feather to her hat. Yes, the talented actor has turned into a producer and will be backing a socially relevant short film titled Natkhat. Moreover, she will also be starring as the main lead in the film. It will be addressing several issues such as patriarchy, gender inequality, rape culture, domestic abuse, compartmentalization by men in different relationships with women.
Talking about the film Vidya stated, “It’s the beautiful and powerful story that called out to me in a way that made me want to act in it and also turn producer. And who better than RSVP to do it with!”
Vidya took to her Instagram page and announced by sharing the clapperboard of the film. She wrote, “I’m happy and excited that a few days ago, I did my first short film as an actor… The film is called Natkhat and has me in a new role….that of ‘PRODUCER‘… I never had plans to turn producer but the story written by @annukampa_harsh and #ShaanVyas propelled me in that direction …Its been a new and precious experience working with @shaanvs the director and his team, and to be partnering with #RonnieScrewvala & @rsvpmovies on this beautiful and powerful story. Can’t wait to share it with my world and hoping that it speaks to you as it did to me.”
While co-producer Ronnie Screwvala said, “When I first heard the script for ‘Natkhat’, I immediately knew this film had to be made. The film addresses so many issues and gives out a powerful message too. I am very happy to collaborate with Vidya on this film.”