Neena Gupta Starrer The Last Color; Film By Vikas Khanna In Oscars 2020 Race (Photo Credit: Instagram)
Celebrity chef Vikas Khanna who is known for whipping wonder with taste and blend and judging budding cook-masters at reality shows recently juggled with his passion and created a film on the widows residing in Vrindavan and Varanasi, Titled ‘The Last Color’. Little did he know the film will be on the run for 92nd Academy Awards BEST FEATURE FILMS 2019 segment.
As our hearts sank to the news of Zoya Akhtar’s Gully boy failing to make to the final list of Oscars 2020 International Films segment, the news of the Neena Gupta starrer brings a ray of hope. While Vikas called it a ‘miracle of belief’, Neena couldn’t be happier and shared her feelings on social media.
Vikas shared the news on Twitter by sharing a screenshot of the Oscars list. He wrote, “I don’t know what happens after this moment. But this moment is everything. To be on this list of BEST FEATURE FILMS 2019.” He wrote in his other tweet, “To live for this moment. Absolutely yesssss. @Neenagupta001” and added, “My heart is dancing. Thank you Neena ji for believing in my humble story.”
BEST WAY TO START 2020. MIRACLE. MIRACLE. Thank you UNIVERSE. Our humble film THE LAST COLOR is pure HEART.— Vikas Khanna (@TheVikasKhanna) January 1, 2020
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Expressing his excitement, Vikas tweeted, “I need sometime to absorb this. Holyyyyy Godddd. @Neenagupta001 thank you for believing in me. Love and respect you very muchhhh. @Jitendra_siffcy @KaulPoonam @jayisready.”
Reacting to Vikas’ post, an elated Neena wrote on Twitter, “Cant believe am soooo happy.”
Cant believe am soooo happy https://t.co/ApRiYTMcBn— Neena Gupta (@Neenagupta001) January 1, 2020
The Last Color revolves around a 9-year old tightrope walker who befriends one such a widow and promises to add color to her life. It is adapted from Khanna’s own book of the same name. The film was earlier screened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
According to the Oscar website, for a film "to be eligible for consideration, it must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Academy rules also require feature-length motion pictures must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format."
'The Last Color' may not have had a commercial release in India yet, but it was screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival last year. It also won Best Feature Film award at Dallas International Film Festival in 2018. In India, The Last Color was screened at Mumbai Film Festival.
The Oscars 2020 will be held on February 9 at Hollywood''s Dolby Theatre and Neena Gupta walking the red carpet for the first time will be a vision in itself! Meanwhile, Vikas Khanna should consider shifting to filmmaking for real.