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Sixth Happiness (1997)

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 »

Director:

Waris Hussein

Writer:

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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A sasea fericire See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,540, 7 November 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,540, 7 November 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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References The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) See more »

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Lust for Life
6 November 1999 | by filmatinSee 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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