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‘Barefoot Empress’ is story of courage: Vikas Khanna

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New Delhi: After winning hearts with his directorial debut ‘The Last Color’, Indian-American chef, writer, filmmaker, and humanitarian, Vikas Khanna, is all set to present another human story titled ‘Barefoot Empress’.

Recently, he has unveiled the poster of the documentary that narrates the inspirational story of Kerala’s legendary Karthyayani Amma. It captures her undying spirit and rock-hard determination as she sets her feet firmly on a path to pursue higher education and clears her 10th grade exams with flying colors at the ripe age of 96. The project has received appreciation from several international film festivals, and is now on its way to hit the Indian screens.

With this documentary, Vikas aims to drive the conversation for girl child education and bring grassroots-level changes in the ecosystem.

“Barefoot Empress is a story that will inspire viewers. It will make them believe in themselves and motivate them to work hard such that they achieve anything that they wish for. This is a story of courage and perseverance, it shows how age is just a number, and one who is determined to achieve his/her dream will do it regardless of the barriers,” said Vikas.

“Karthyayani Amma is an inspiration not only to girls but also to anyone and everyone who dreams and wants to fulfill their dreams. Barefoot Empress has reached many film festivals in the past, but it is time that it reaches every nook and corner of our society. We hope that her story, struggle, and journey encourage people to take a step towards their goals, because it is never too late,” he added.

‘Barefoot Empress’ is directed and written by Vikas Khanna, and produced by Oscar-nominated Doug Roland.

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