5 reasons to watch Vikas Khanna’s documentary short film 'Barefoot Empress' 

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Michelin-starred chef, writer, filmmaker, and humanitarian, Vikas Khanna released his documentary short film, Barefoot Empress.

Ever since The Last Color, fans of the Michelin star have been eagerly waiting for him to turn into a storyteller again, and here he is. Barefoot Empress is a documentary on the legendary figure of Kerala, Karthiyani Amma, a 96-year-old who pursued her dream of education.

Watch the trailer here!

And here's why you shouldn’t miss out on watching this inspirational story!

Vikas’ passion for human interest stories: From cooking to writing to directing, the 51-year-old wears different hats. While his personal mission is to elevate Indian food at a global level, people who know Vikas closely know his passion for human interest stories. He is a true-blue humanitarian and is always looking for stories that drive a social impact.  Vikas’ debut feature film, The Last Color was heavily awarded and received immense adulation, and now with Barefoot Empress, he aims to inspire people further to not give up on their dreams!

True, Authentic Story: Barefoot Empress is a documentary that narrates the inspirational story of Karthiyani Amma. It depicts unwavering determination and her fighting spirit as she sets her feet firmly on a path to pursue education at the ripe age of 96. The documentary captures her journey, struggles, and how there is no expiry date on dreaming! Karthiyani Amma will inspire the next generation with the stroke of her pencil. 

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An Ode to all dreamers: A story of courage, determination, and perseverance, Barefoot Empress will inspire and motivate everyone to follow their dreams. Since the story drives conversation regarding girl child education, it will encourage young women and girls around the world to pursue education and become financially independent in the long run

Amma will remind you of your own grandmother and here's a reason for you to go back to her and try and fulfill any unsaid dream of hers.

Inspires you in under 16 minutes: Unlike other projects, Barefoot Empress is a short title with a run time of 16 minutes. It's a heartening story, loaded with emotions, and aims to inspire people within that short duration with Amma’s journey. 

When asked about this project, Vikas Khanna said, “Amma came from god’s own country and she has conquered not just my heart but the entire country’s. Women like Amma don't get a spotlight very often. This is an Indian story and I'm glad that she will be celebrated across the world through this deeply rooted story.  So let's support her and others like her to help them propel forward and achieve their dreams.”

Barefoot Express is now streaming on YouTube!

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