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Sixth Happiness (1997)

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The unusual story of a boy who will never grow. Born with a disease that makes his bones brittle, Brit, as he is appropriately named by his mom, will be four feet tall for life. But he ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Firdaus Kanga ...
Brit Kotwal
Souad Faress ...
Sera Kotwal
Khodus Wadia ...
Sam Kotwal
Dolly Kotwal
Cyrus (as Ahsen Bhatti)
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal ...
Nisha Nayar ...
Tina (as Nisha K. Nayar)
Father Ferre
Sabira Merchant ...
Madame Maneckshaw
Noshirwan Jehangir ...
Dara Madon ...
Old Parsee Man
Viju Khote ...
Wagh Baba
Dina Chinoy ...
Musical Daughter
Vijay Damania ...
Bank Clerk (as Vijaysen Damania)


The unusual story of a boy who will never grow. Born with a disease that makes his bones brittle, Brit, as he is appropriately named by his mom, will be four feet tall for life. But he doesn't think small. He has his own spirited way of dealing with the world, and the cast of characters that surrounds him helps ensure that life is never dull: an eccentric mom, a dad with movie star looks, a doting sister, and numerous other mentors, lovers (both male and female), and charlatans who come in and out of the picture. Written by Anonymous

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Lust for Life
6 November 1999 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Once in a while a film comes along that fills you with such hope that by the time the final credits roll you feel that nothing in life is impossible. I was reluctant at first to see THE SIXTH HAPPINESS. But the glowing reviews in the New York Times and Newsday made go out anyway. Kanga does an amazing job playing a character not unlike himself from the ages of 8 to 18. All this at the age of 38! He is so charismatic, charming, disarming, and funny that his stage presence carries you through this tale that is touching, heart wrenching, and ultimately uplifting. I thought "Why would I want to see a film about a gay, disabled, Parsi? I would have nothing in common with him." But I was so wrong. The problems we all face: dealing with parents and siblings, finding love, potential marriage, and dealing with a cruel harsh and unforgiving world are universal. Seeing the problems that the character Brit surmounts made me realize how much I have in life and how easy it is to take certain things for granted. Knowing that he could find happiness - his sixth happiness with all the strikes he had against him filled me with a lust for life.

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