Renowned Michelin star celebrity chef Vikas Khanna, after wowing all with his culinary skills, resorted to filmmaking with The Last Color. Starring Neena Gupta in the lead role, the film revolved around the age-old tradition of not allowing widows in Vrindavan to play Holi. Now, after receiving several accolades and appreciation for portraying the topic beautifully, the feature film has found its place in the list of 344 films that are eligible to win the Best Picture 2019 award.
An elated Vikas, who is currently serving as one of the three judges on MasterChef India 2019, couldn't hold back his happiness and shared a screenshot of the list on his Instagram account. "THE MIRACLE OF BELIEF. “The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar) has announced the list of feature films eligible for the 2019 Academy Awards. And "The Last Color” is in the LIST. What a way to start the year......" Vikas wrote while sharing the list released by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Speaking about The Last Color, it is set in the cultural and ancient city of Varanasi. Neena plays the role of a 70-year-old widow named Noor who established a special bond with a 9-year-old girl Chhoti. Chhoti(Aqsa Siddiqui) is a homeless girl with aspirations of going to school and makes the ends meet by performing stunts like tight-rope walking and also sells flowers.
The film is adapted from Vikas' book which he wrote a couple of years ago. In an interview previously, the chef told that the film pays tribute to all widows who have been living a colourless life owing to traditions.