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Little Terrorist misses the Oscar

February 28, 2005 09:28 IST

Ashvin Kumar's Oscar hope Little Terrorist lost out to Britain's Andrea Arnold's Wasp in the live action short films category.

The other films nominated in this category included Everything In This Country Must, 7:35 In The Morning and Two Cars, One Night.

Arnold's Wasp is set in her native Dartford and tells the story of a young mother who, unable to find a babysitter, leaves her four young daughters outside a pub while she's on a date.

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Kumar's 15-minute film is a story of a 10-year-old Pakistani boy who strays into Indian territory and is given shelter by an Indian even as troops search for the 'little terrorist'. The film, which was shot on the outskirts of Jaipur over five days, had its world premier in Montreal in September 2004.

Unfortunately for Kumar, the short film genre barely exists in India. Little Terrorist had been unable to generate the euphoria that followed the Oscar nomination of Aamir Khan's Lagaan in 2002.

Son of fashion designer Ritu Kumar, Ashvin made his debut in filmmaking with Road To Ladakh in 2002.

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