It was a moment filled with tremendous pride for all the fellow Indians when the country's only nomination at the Oscars this year, Period. End of Sentence won the golden trophy for Best Documentary (Short Subject). Helmed by Iranian-American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi, the movie is co-produced by Indian producer Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment. Right from the time, Monga won it big, many Bollywood celebrities took to their social media accounts and wished the producer on the victory. Now, director Meghna Gulzar who is known for her films like Raazi and Talvar among many has spoken on Monga's win.
The filmmaker said, "If there’s one person that embodies the saying ‘Perseverance pays’, it’s Guneet. Her conviction is inspiring! Huge congratulations to her for this momentous win." Well, we could not agree more with what Meghna said as hard work and perseverance always pays off. The movie in talks is based on quite a hard-hitting topic where the women of Hapur district are shown fighting with the stigma over menstruation by using a sanitary pad.
Right after her win, an elated Guneet said, “Thank you to the Academy for the highest honour and for recognising the efforts of the young girls from Oakwood School in LA to Kathikera in UP in helping us shatter the glass ceiling. Periods are normal and in no way do they stop us from achieving anything. This has been more than 10 years of work of Action India run by Gauri Chaudhary on educating reproductive rights on the ground in many villages. Feminist Majority Movement and Girls learn International have been pushing this cause in US.”
Congratulations to Guneet and her team. Wishing for more such victories in future!