Fifteen children were each asked to watch a Bollywood movie prominently featuring a child character. During the shoot that followed, each child was asked to verbally portray the child character in the movie that s/he had watched, to describe the role and plight of that character within the movie's narrative.
As they evoke fifteen fictional children from well-known Bollywood movies, the fifteen children portrayed in "The Character" offer a range of insights into the role played by the child (as character and spectator) in mainstream Indian cinema. It becomes apparent that their own values, views of the world and attitudes to life are at times closely related to those celebrated on screen. The children discuss their dreams and priorities in relation to those of the fictional children, their philosophies regarding persevering in life against all odds, and the importance of happy endings.
The edit avoids specific reference to particular movies or particular characters, instead weaving the fifteen interviews into a composite portrait of "the child" within the Bollywood imaginary, as told with the input of fifteen young Mumbaikar cinemagoers.