Michelin star chef Vikas Khanna’s directorial debut The Last Color has been nominated for Best Picture 2019. The film starring actor Neena Gupta is one among the other 344 films contesting in this category. The final nominations will be announced on January 13th.
To be eligible, the films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. The film also premiered at the 30th Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA in January this year, and has been premiered in the leading film festivals across the world. The 92nd Annual Academy Awards takes place on Feb 9.
The chef turned filmmaker soon took to Instagram to share the news..”BEST WAY TO START 2020. MIRACLE. MIRACLE. Thank you UNIVERSE. Our humble film THE LAST COLOR is pure HEART.”
The film has already won several awards and has been screened at various film festivals. It also stars Aqsa Siddiqui, Rajeswar Khanna and Aslam Sheikh in prominent roles.
The film addresses an age old taboo surrounding widows in Vrindavan and Varanasi in India. It deals with how a 9-year old tightrope walker befriends one such widow and promises to add color to her life. The film is adapted from Khanna’s own book ‘The Last Color’.