Shrikanth’s Oscar moment
Guinness Book of World Records has called him “the youngest director of a professionally made feature length film.” Kishan Shrikanth (right), 19, whose film, Care of Footpath 2, has been nominated in the general category of the 88th Academy Awards, says that age never kept him away from following his dreams.
“I was never bothered if people thought I was too young to be a director. My first film ran for 100 days in theatres and won multiple awards. After that, I don’t think there was any question of people not taking me seriously just because I am young,” says Shrikanth, who directed his first film, Care of Footpath, at the age of 9.
Shrikanth feels that it is the emotion in the movie which will capture everyone’s interest on the international platform. “We have backed up the movie with a lot of research and content. I think it will be the emotion that the movie upholds which will grab everyone’s attention at the Oscars,” he says.
The bilingual movie, which deals with the topic of juvenile criminals, stars actors Deepp Pathak and Avika Gaur in the lead role. Although Shrikanth is elated with the nomination, he feels that talent cannot be easily measured. “I don’t think that getting a movie nominated in the Oscars is a yardstick for any director’s talent. It is only to appreciate the quality of the movie,” he says.
The film will be premiered in Los Angeles on November 6.
Actors Deepp Pathak and Avika Gaur in a still from Kishan Shrikanth’s film