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Is Vidya Balan taking a break from acting? Diva to soon turn producer for 'Natkhat'

Balan's film 'Mission Mangal' chronicles the story of India's mission to Mars.

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Last Updated: Jul 23, 2019, 06.21 PM IST|Original: Jul 23, 2019, 05.58 PM IST
Actress Vidya Balan, who is currently busy with the promotions of her upcoming film 'Mission Mangal', will now be foraying in the short film biz.
Actress Vidya Balan, who is currently busy with the promotions of her upcoming film 'Mission Mangal', will now be foraying in the short film biz. The 40-year-old has now teamed up entrepreneur and philanthropist Ronnie Screwvala for 'Natkhat'. The film will mark Balan's debut as a producer.

"It's a 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 expressed.

Made specifically for international film festivals, 'Natkhat' will address a number of issues such as patriarchy, gender inequality, rape culture, domestic abuse, compartmentalization by men in different relationships with women; and in doing so surpasses all possible barriers, be it age, gender, urban-rural divide and nationality.

Echoing Vidya's sentiment, Ronnie Screwvala added, "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."

Exuding her happiness on Instagram, the 40-year-old actor wrote a lengthy post which read, "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'."

She complimented the scriptwriters and added, "I never had plans to turn producer but the story written by Annukampa Harsh and Shaan Vyas propelled me in that direction."

The actor is currently awaiting the release 'Mission Mangal' which chronicles the story of India's mission to Mars.

Directed by Jagan Shakti, the film is co-produced by 'PadMan' director R Balki and is set to hit theatres on August 15 this year.

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It's poll season in India. The 2019 multi-phased Lok Sabha elections have kicked off across the country. And it seems that political fervour has found flavour on screen as well. Biopics and films on political intrigue have created quite a buzz on social media, and away from it as well. This year, so far, has witnessed the announcement and release of three such movies on top political figures of the country across decades. While some of these have been deemed offensive, others have been touted as political propaganda. Hailed by fans, slammed by critics and trolls, these films nevertheless have been talked about. Here's a look at films with political hues that have courted controversy:

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