Last Color, The Directed
Vikas Khanna India / USA / 2019 / 90 minutes
In Hindi with subtitles
Times and Venues:
WOODSTOCK Upstate Films
RHINEBECK Upstate Films II
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Vikas Khanna
In this moving Indian drama, filmmaker Vikas Khanna adapts his own novel into a multi-generational tale about defying tradition in the name of love. The story centers around the friendship between nine-year-old Chhoti, a penniless tightrope walker who longs for an education, and Noor, a white-clad widow who, bound by society’s taboos, must live a life of total abstinence. After hearing stories of Noor’s childhood, Chhoti promises to defy tradition and splash her new friend with her favorite pink color to celebrate the upcoming Holi, the Indian festival of colors. Fate intercedes to prevent this, but 24 years later, Chhoti emerges as an advocate fighting for societal reforms that will bring about the rehabilitation of both street children and widows. Can structural change be enacted in a centuries-old caste system? The Last Color is a story of promises and promise, celebrating the victory of the human spirit and the day when color became a symbol of rebirth and freedom. —Max Wexler
BIO: Vikas Khanna is an actor,director, author, and chef. He created Holy Kitchens, a documentary series that explores food sharing traditions in different faiths. Buried Seeds, a movie about his life by America-Russian filmmaker Andrei Severny, premiered at 71st Venice Film Festival. He has been a chef for 29 years, owner of the New York City restaurant Junoon, and one of the first Indian chefs to be awarded the Michelin Star. While in India working on a cookbook on Indian festivals he visited Holi, the Festival of Colors, which was the inspiration for the movie that was almost 7 years in the making. He has published 34 books, including Return to the Rivers, nominated for both the James Beard and the IACP Cookbook Awards. His book Utsav –A Culinary Epic of Indian Festivals is currently the most expensive cookbook in the World, presented to HH Pope Francis, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, President Obama, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, HH the Dalai Lama, and Mark Zuckerberg, among many other dignitaries. Vikas has received national and international recognitions for his foundations Cooking for Life and SAKIV, which raise funds for emergencies and World hunger. He is the global ambassador for Smile Foundation for nutrition and education for more than 25,000 underprivileged children in South Asia. He is also referred to as one of the Hottest Chefs in America (Eater) and Sexiest Man Alive (People Magazine).
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