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Sixth Happiness Dvd

Moving and humorous story about a boy suffering from brittle bone disease who will never grow, adapted from Firdaus Kanga’s fictionalised autobiography. Set in the colourful and unpredictable world of a close Parsee family in Bombay, in which tremendous blows of fate are accepted with wry pragmatism, the tale is a poignant story of sexual awakening and self-discovery.


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Sixth Happiness is a 1997 British drama film directed by Indian director Waris Hussein. It is based on the autobiography of Firdaus Kanga entitled Trying to Grow. Kanga played himself in this film about Britain, India, race and sex.

Sixth Happiness also features performances from Souad Faress, Nina Wadia, Indira Varma, and Meera Syal.


Sixth Happiness is about Brit, a boy born with brittle bones who never grows taller than four feet, and his sexual awakening as family life crumbles around him. It is also about the Parsi or Parsees – descendants of the Persian empire who were driven out of Persia by an Islamic invasion more than a thousand years ago and settled in western India. Parsees had a close relationship with the British during the years of the Raj. Brit is named by his mother, both after his brittle bones, and in tribute to his mother’s love of Britain.

Brit’s family is non-stereotypical: his parents are ardent Anglophiles with fond memories of the Raj and World War II. Brit is bright, spiky, opinionated and selfish with a razor-sharp wit, never a martyr or victim. He prefers the Kama Sutra to Shakespeare and does not allow gender or disability to come in the way of his desire for sex and love.


Firdaus Kanga as Brit Kotwal
Souad Faress as Sera Kotwal
Khodus Wadia as Sam Kotwal
Nina Wadia as Dolly Kotwal
Ahsen Bhatti as Cyrus
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal as Jeroo
Nisha K. Nayar as Tina
Indira Varma as Amy
Pratima Kazmi as Brothel Madam


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