New Delhi: Film producer and promoter Jitendra Mishra’s ongoing co-production film “Buried Seeds” on the life journey of Celebrity Chef Vikas Khanna directed by Russian film maker Andrei Severny, has been selected for one of the most prestigious 74th Venice Film Festival this year. The film had a special screening in Venice-Days , at Giornate degli Autori on 6th September, 8pm followed by Q&A. The chef himself showcased 70 dishes from India to celebrate 70 years of the country’s Independence. The first look of the film was released earlier during Cannes Film Festival this year.
Master Chef judge Vikas Khanna is an award-winning Michelin starred Indian chef and cookbook writer based in New York City. He has been named as the Sexiest Men Alive and “The Hottest Chef of America”. Comes from a humble background, he was born with misaligned feet and wasn’t able to run until he was 13 but always dreamt to fly high and finally achieved his dream. He has written a 1,200-page book ‘Utshav’ that’s taken 12 years to compile. The book is described as the “world’s largest compilation of festivals, ceremonies, rituals and foods that symbolise India and its resplendent heritage” . They have been presented to world leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former US Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, religious leaders like the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis and celebrities like Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
“Buried Seeds” is a timeless inspiring story of struggle, passion, willpower, failure and rise shown through Vikas Khanna’s eyes, the film is the celebration of the journey of an ordinary man from an ordinary man born in a small town in Punjab to the United States. The maker of the film ‘Andrei Severny’ is an award winning Russian contemporary filmmaker, screenwriter, photographer and visual artist know for films like Inside Risk: Shadows of Medellin, Gravitation: Variation in Time and Space, Condition, Teaching to See, Disparaît, v and Tom on Mars.
Odisha born Jitendra Mishra is one of the few Indian film producers & promoters who have been able to create a benchmark in ‘Alternative method of Film Production, Distribution & Promotion’ at international level. Known for path breaking films like I am Kalam, Desires of the Heart, Gattu & Kajarya, Mr Mishra has also designed & currently serving as the festival director of the unique film festival SIFFCY for Smile Foundation. Committed towards meaningful cinema, Jitendra has been associated only with socially relevant films which are a balance of the right content and creativity, with an objective to get meaningful cinema out there for everyone and to encourage such filmmakers. He has already been associated with the production, distribution and promotion of more than 110 films in all categories. Many of them have got worldwide acclamation and recognition. Awarded with the prestigious ‘Son of Odisha’ , ‘Young Jury’ & many other awards, Mr Mishra has been a member of Cannes Producers Network for last many years and selected as Jury to many leading international film festivals & forums.