Sixth Happiness

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Sixth Happiness
Directed by Waris Hussein
Written by Firdaus Kanga
Based on Trying to Grow
Produced byTatiana Kennedy
StarringFirdaus Kanga
Souad Faress
Khodus Wadia
Nina Wadia
Ahsen Bhatti
CinematographyJames Welland
Edited byLaurence Méry-Clark
Music byDominique Le Gendre
Distributed by Regent Releasing
Mongrel Media
here! Films
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Sixth Happiness is a 1997 British drama film directed by Indian director Waris Hussein. It is based on the 1991 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.


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