Kumar (Sanal Aman), a bachelor in his thirties, leaves his corporate job in Kochi to become a graphic novelist. He embarks on a new life as an Uber driver in Kochi while working on his graphic novel titled ‘Pixelia’.
One day a transgender passenger named Mandakini (Gowri Savithri) gets into his cab… and that day changes Kumar’s life forever.
Kumar and Mandakini spend the whole day, wherein they open each other’s minds and slowly start to cross meaningless societal boundaries. Mandakini shares stories of her past life and her desire to adopt a child while Kumar narrates the story of his graphic novel to her. Gradually, a bonding ensues between the pair, leading Kumar to realize the truth about his queer identity.
As they start a relationship, Kumar gets into deeper conflicts regarding adopting a child, as adoption by queer parents is still realistically difficult in a country like India.
Made on a shoestring budget with a small crew thanks to the help of Filmocracy Foundation, an organization that supports and promotes Indian filmmakers, Pixelia blends documentary and fiction to tell and intimate story about relationships and identity. Watch the trailer below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD in August.