Director N Padmakumar and producer Satish Kaushik spoke to Naman Ramachandran, the writer of the runway hit Brahman Naman, recently about their critically acclaimed film A Billion Colour Story.
In this video interview, Padmakumar and Kaushik talk about how the film — which had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival, its European premiere at BFI London Film Festival and Indian premiere at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival — came into being.
Padmakumar tells Naman Ramachandran he was inspired to make the film because, "I am a idealist, I believe in the goodness of people. (So I thought) what if we created something to make people get in touch with their better sides?"
Satish Kaushik tells Naman that Padmakumar (whom the former has known for a long time) first approached him for a small role in the project:
"But I was so blown away by the script, that I wanted to be a part of the film. I asked him if I could come on board as the producer."
This interview by Naman Ramachandran with Kaushik and Padmakumar took place against the backdrop of the 60th edition of the BFI London Film Festival. The festival had a spectacular selection of Indian films, including Buddhadeb Dasgupta's The Bait, Milind Dhaimade's You Are My Sunday and of course, A Billion Colour Story.
The BFI lists the synopsis for Kaushik and Padmakumar's film as:
Mumbai schoolboy Hari is a smart kid. His liberal-minded parents are from different religions and firmly believe that India will always overcome its differences. But as they face increased religious prejudice, they struggle with whether to leave the country they love. Hari hatches a plan to save the day.
A Billion Colour Story got a 4-minute standing ovation at the BFI London film festival.