Vikas Khanna presents ‘Barefoot Empress’ to US Audience

By Akshat Jain

‘Barefoot Empress’ – a critically-acclaimed short film directed by Masterchef Vikas Khanna, which won the Biogen Award for Best Short Film at Tokyo’s prestigious Short Shorts Film Festival recently, has been released online and in select US theaters this summer.

“My heart is dancing right now as we receive the Biogen Award at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia.  Make Impossible Possible…well that fits so perfectly with our heroine, Kartyayani Amma’s journey to find education at the age of 96 in a rural village in India,” Khanna had said upon receiving the award.

Khanna is an internationally acclaimed Indian-American chef, who is one of the first Indian chefs to be awarded a Michelin Star in the US. He also featured among the 10 most influential chefs in the world by Deutsche Welle. An author of 37 books, Khanna is also a documentarian. ‘The Last Color’, starring actress Neena Gupta, marked his debut as a film writer/director.

‘Barefoot Empress’, features Karthiyani Amma in a real-life biopic, highlighting her inspirational story of attending school at the age of 96 years, and earning top marks in her class in a sign of breaking the glass ceiling and setting an example that anything is possible if one is determined.

Karthyayini Amma appeared for writing the fourth standard equivalency course under Kerala Literacy Mission’s Akasharalaksham Scheme in August 2018. She bagged the first rank and scored 98 percent marks. Amma aspires to clear the tenth standard equivalent examination when she turns 100 years old and also acquires computer skills as shared at the Nari Shakti Award ceremony.

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