India-based documentary, Period. End of Sentence, created history at the 91st Academy Awards after it won the Best Documentary Short Subject today. With Guneet Monga of Masaan and Lunchbox fame as one of the producers, the film beat Black Sheep, End Game, Lifeboat and A Night at the Garden and fans couldn’t hide their joy on Twitter. Also Read - Tahira Kashyap Directs Neena Gupta in 'Pinni', Short Film Part of Guneet Monga's 'Zindagi inShort'
Few minutes after digesting the win, Guneet tweeted, “WE WON!!! To every girl on this earth… know that you are a goddess… if heavens are listening… look MA we put @sikhya on the map” (sic). Also Read - Oscar Fame Guneet Monga Announces New Film on Birthday, Casts Dangal Star Sanya Malhotra in Pagglait
Pouring their excitement on the micro-blogging site, the fans celebrated the win of the film revolving around the story of Indian women fighting the stigma surrounding menstruation hence, beginning to manufacture sanitary pads. While one Twitter user wrote, “Brilliant!! So very excited about this getting the attention it deserves!” (sic) another tweeted, “Waiting for all the old white dudes to FREAK OUT about women openly talking about periods… #Oscars” (sic)
Check some of the tweets here:
The 26-minute film, directed by award-winning Iranian-American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi, follows girls and women in Hapur in northern India and their experience with the installation of a pad machine in their village. Speaking to News18 before the gala event today, Guneet had said, “Landing an Oscar nomination isn’t easy. It’s not just about making a good film. The nominations are an organic process, but the shortlisting depends on a number of factors, like how many awards has your film won in the past year, why it should be in the top 10. Once it’s in the top 10, then the documentary department at the Academy votes to select the top 5. Making your film visible in the festival circuit puts it on the map. The more press you generate and awards you win, the better it is for the film.”