Shrikanth’s Os­car mo­ment

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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

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