Mumbai, Jan 13 (IANS) Chef-turned-author-turned-filmmaker Vikas Khanna has submitted his debut directorial feature “The Last Color” for nomination in the Best Film category at Oscars 2020. With the nominations to be announced on Monday, Khanna hopes his film makes the final cut, and says he is grateful to veteran actress Neena Gupta, who features on the cast, for guidance.
“Neena Gupta always told me that films are made with a lot of heart. I said, trust me I got the heart and passion to make the film and I will make it, and I have made it. It was challenging to get the ball rolling. Numerous people didn”t join the team, they had their own presumptions about what sort of movie this is. I firmly believed in the story, and I knew the story is the hero. The friendship between the characters is the hero of the story,” said Khanna.
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Good Morning America and the NY Times today (Jan 11th 2020). Just to have be on the ELIGIBILITY LIST FOR BEST PICTURE Oscars2020 is a blessing and I thank you all for sooo much love and support. Final announcements are Monday and regardless of what happens it’s a humbling step in creating history of a Michelin Chef to a Filmmaker. Que sera, sera Whatever will be will be The future’s not ours to see Let’s keep on Splashing color all across the globe!
Talking about the eligibility and chances of his film at the Oscars, he said: “My film is eligible for the nomination in the Best Feature Film category at Oscars 2020. It is an important day for me. It is a miracle for me. This is a big deal for anyone who dreams, and dreams with full conviction.”
For a film to be eligible for entry for a possible nomination in the Best Film category at the Oscars, it needs to fulfil a few conditions. First, it must be more than 40 minutes long and its public premiere must have been in a movie theatre during the appropriate calendar year. It must have premiered in 35mm or 70mm film format or in 24-frame, progressive scan digital format. Importantly, the film must have played commercially in a Los Angeles County theatre for seven consecutive days within the appropriate calendar year. Khanna ensured his film fulfilled all of the above conditions.
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~THE POWER OF PINK~ Being a Michelin Star Chef, no one takes risks like this. To start something so new in creative fields…..but some inner voice made me do it. . Just to be eligible for Oscars2020. (BEST FEATURE FILM) Just to be on this list. (Link in Bio…) Jai Ma Ganga. (Hail River Ganges)On your banks I was reincarnated & now thissss miracle. On Ganga’s banks, I wrote the story-screenplay-scenes-concept-characters-music-novel of THE LAST COLOR As she touched my feet & made me alive again & again. Singing lullabies to me at the night. Everything was a gift from the Universe. And today when I saw the list on OSCARS – “ELIGIBLE FOR THE 92ND ACADEMY AWARDS” My heart believes that this movie was made through me for some cosmic cause. Thank you @neena_gupta and everyone for believing in my story. Thank you Mama for being with me at every fall. 😍🙏🏼❤️💗
However, while any filmmaker can obtain an entry into the Oscar race fulfilling the above conditions, it does not mean the film has been accepted for nomination. Whether Khanna”s film makes the actual nominations list will be known in a few hours from now.
“The Last Color” is a film about the daily struggles for survival on the streets of the ancient city of Varanasi, India. The film stars Neena Gupta in the lead role.
The film addresses the age-old taboo surrounding widows in Vrindavan and Varanasi in India. The It deals with how a nine-year old tightrope walker befriends a widow and promises to add colour to her life. The film is adapted from Khanna”s own book ”The Last Color”.