“PIXELIA”— Realization and Acceptance



Realization and Acceptance

Amos Lassen

Kumar is a 30-year-old bachelor who leaves his corporate job in Kochi to follow his dream of being an artist. He begins a new life as an Uber driver while working on an original graphic novel, ‘Pixelia’. One day a passenger, a transgender woman, Mandakini, gets into his cab and changes Kumar’s life forever. Kumar and Mandakini spend the whole day together and as they do, they opening each other’s minds. Mandakini shares her past life and desire to adopt a child, while Kumar tells her the story of his graphic novel. They develop a special bond and Kumar realizes his own queer identity. Their story is told to us with a stylized blend of documentary and magical realism and we understand that it is about the fragmentation of daily life and the longing to connect.

It really comes across like a documentary in that it feels so real but that could also be because we want the story to be real. We gain pleasure from beautiful stories and often want to include them in our own lives.

Ratheesh Ravindam beautifully directed this heartwarming story that resonates since we have all looked for connection and connection brings acceptance. We also see that there is such a thing as love at first site. Kumar and Mandakini in the course of just one day share their dreams, hopes and aspirations.

Kumar, a corporate employee turned graphic novelist meets a transgender named Mandakini and they share their hopes, views and dreams. As they enter into a relationship they find hardships to fulfill their desire to adopt a baby so we also see the hard realities of life.

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