11-year-old Hari Aziz lives a blissful life in Mumbai with his parents, a pair of Bohemian filmmakers whose optimistic views have been embedded into their son’s DNA. Hari approaches the world with refreshing openness and curiosity, but soon the social realities of a country in crisis pose a challenge to his family’s gentle existence. Financial hardships force the family to move out of their beloved house, and Hari’s mom and dad – a Hindu woman and a Muslim man, neither one particularly observant – face a sort of religious intolerance from both sides that they had long hoped would disappear from India.
First-time feature director Paddy Narasimhamurthy has gathered accolades from across the festival world with this inspiring story, a clarion call for mutual respect and understanding. Armed with the hopeful notion that there is much more to unite than divide us, A BILLION COLOUR STORY fascinatingly argues that perhaps the issues that cause so much turmoil could find their solution within the innocent ideas of a child.
Q&A to follow with director and producer “Paddy” Narasimhamurthy and Satish Kaushik
- Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy
Paddy quit a job as creative head of Y&R Advertising, India to pursue fiction and film, choosing a creative journey that would be meaningful in the human context. He is a poet, writer and photographer, and considers himself a “Momenteer.” An idealist, his stories aspire to build bridges across differences.