'The Blue Umbrella' is a heart-warming adaptation of the beloved
novella of the same name by Ruskin Bond. It is a film about desire, about
the zealous attempt to fulfill it and finally its conquest.
The story unfurls with the discovery of a vibrant blue umbrella by
Biniya (Shreya Sharma), an eleven-year-old girl from an idyllic mountain
village in North India. She has never seen anything more striking and
Neither has Nandkishore Khatri (Pankaj Kapoor).
Nandkishore Khatri runs a small tea stall in the village. He is a miserly
old man who has a fondness for pickles and swindling kids off their little
possessions. Nandkishore is smitten helplessly by the beauty of the
umbrella and goes to remarkable lengths to acquire the Blue Umbrella but
fails miserably. He has given up all hope and declares that he will forsake it
and move on?
However Nandkishore is not the only one to covet the umbrella. The
umbrella's arrival disturbs the tranquility and harmony of the village.
Biniya's secret weapon gives her an enviable power over the small town, as
the umbrella assumes mythical status.
One fine day the umbrella goes missing! The villagers are sympathetic
to her misery but are convinced that Biniya's carelessness has resulted in
the loss. Alone and betrayed Biniya decides to take matters into her own
What follows is a journey of Biniya and Nandkishore to a discovery,
which is bitter sweet and wisdom far beyond the Blue Umbrella. 'The Blue
Umbrella' is a metaphorical tale yet also contemporary. It questions the
basic premise of mankind's quest for superiority over others. It also raises
pertinent questions on the concept of material happiness and futility of the