Have You Seen Ranbir Kapoor’s Oscar-Nominated Short Film That Released Before His Debut Film Saawariya?
Ranbir Kapoor entered Bollywood with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya, but interestingly, this film was not his debut film. Kapoor had worked on a short film titled Karma before making his debut on the big screen. The film in talks, is an Oscar-nominated short film directed by Abhay Chopra, the grandson of veteran filmmaker BR Chopra.
Kapoor’s short film recently premiered at the Bandra Film Festival’s Youtube Channel on May 5, 2021, under the ‘A Point Across’ category, and has become everything people are talking about. The film revolved around the topic of capital punishment in India. The story chronicles the story of a jailer who has to face the perplexity of performing the execution of his own son.
Apart from Ranbir Kapoor, the film boasts a stellar star cast including Sharat Saxena, Milind Joshi and Sushovan Banerjee, who featured in other pivotal roles in the film.
Talking about the film, and working with Kapoor, Chopra said, “The year I made this film, capital punishment was a part of every prime-time debate and churned out scores of opinion pieces and cover stories. India saw the hanging of Dhananjay Chatterjee for the rape and murder of Hetal Parekh which fuelled these debates. Karma is fiction but heavily inspired by reality. If you notice carefully, the debate on capital punishment did not get over with the Dhananjay case, every crime that gets National media’s attention almost always rakes up this topic.”
“I have fond memories of directing Ranbir Kapoor, he had not even started his career back then, such an effortless actor. Acting really runs through his veins. Sharat Saxena has done a phenomenal job in the film and such a powerful screen presence. I’m glad I could tell this story and that it is getting an extended viewership on Bandra Film Festival,” he further added.
Ranbir Kapoor’s Karma bagged a nomination at the Student Oscars. While the film released in 2004, the actor made his Bollywood debut three years later with Saawariya in 2007.