‘We Are Not Your Parents’ is a viral film about the journey of a girl who grew up in the city of Mysore and became a celebrity after her family moved there from Kerala.
‘Our mother died when I was four, but we still went to her funeral and we were there in full force.
I was a very happy child, I went to the cinema every night,’ says the film’s heroine, Gita.
‘When I was young, I always wanted to become a singer and that was my dream.
Then I got married and moved to the city and my husband left me.
My husband is my only child.
I didn’t have any friends, I was alone and I was lonely.
I felt like I was being abandoned by my family.
It was like I didn\’t belong anywhere.’
Gita became a singer, performing with the likes of the Spice Girls, who in turn, became friends with Gita and began recording songs together.
The film is narrated by Gita, who has been working in a hair studio since she was six years old, in a world where most girls in the country have never gone to school.
‘I started performing as a child, playing music in my room,’ she says.
Gita’s voice, which is in full swing, makes it hard to understand how this girl who became famous as a singer is able to navigate the world, but the film is filled with a deep sense of longing.
Gilda Jones was born in 1930 in New Zealand and is the only surviving member of the Jones family.
She was a singer who sang for the Spice Boys.
In the late 1970s, she moved to New Zealand to study in the United States.
‘My mother died before I was born, but I was still there, working and singing,’ she recalls.
‘At the age of 11, I started to sing and was doing music for free.
I wanted to be famous.
I could sing like any girl and my parents would support me.’
At 12, Gilda went on to play in a local pop band called The Little Sisters, who also included the Spice Brothers.
‘As a child you learn to sing, but as an adult, you learn not to sing at all,’ she explains.
‘You can do whatever you want to do but it has to be for the good of the music.’
It took some time for Gilda to become accepted in the music scene, but she soon started recording her own songs.
The Spice Girls were among the first bands to support her.
‘A lot of girls in New South Wales had no idea who Gilda was.
My parents used to say, “We have never heard of Gilda.”‘
But they were like, “Oh, Gia, Gya!
We are so happy to see you.”‘
I remember one day, I had a song that I wrote, and it had lyrics about me singing in my bedroom and singing.
My mom was in tears.
‘We thought it was a good idea to invite her to sing.
When I came home, she had to tell my dad.
“You know, I don’t know why you are singing but we are happy to welcome you,”‘ she says with a laugh.
Gia and Gilda have a long and happy relationship and Gia has become a star in her own right.
She has also made it her mission to help children of all ages achieve their dreams.
In her film, Gisa has the chance to meet many of her former students and their families, and she also interviews other famous celebrities who have had a similar story.
‘One of the celebrities is the Spice Girl, Grit.
She sings and performs in the studio, but her daughter is a star, she is the girl that everyone thinks of when they think of Gia,’ says Gita who says that she has been asked to sing for the girls, and the Spice Sisters, but no one is prepared to give her the chance.
The filmmakers hope to make Gita a star on the international stage, and also make her into a national hero, and they are determined to make it happen.’
There is something about the way Gita is dressed that I really like,’ says Raghuram Rajan, the director.
‘It reminds me of the way I dress myself.
It reminds me, as a young girl, of my mother.’
Gia was born to an Indian-American family in Mysuru in the early 1980s, and her father worked as a hairstylist and his mother was a domestic help.
Gida was very much a girl at that time, but it was her parents who encouraged her to pursue her dream of becoming a singer.
‘She wanted to go to college and she would sing on the radio in the middle of the night.
That was her way of saying, “I want to sing.”‘
My mother wanted to work so much, so that she could help me.
She would say, if you want something