A Drop of Sunshine


A story of Schizophrenia. Of Hope. Beyond the conventional. Beyond medications and of embracing the uncertainty.

A Drop of Sunshine
Directed by Aparna Sanyal | 39 min. | 2011
Producer & Commissioning Editor - Rajiv Mehrotra

Schizophrenia. It may be one word, but conjures up multiple connotations - Mad. Incurable. Violent. Suicidal. Chemical imbalances. Crazy. A lifelong condition. Inevitable dependency on Medicines. Dark. Terrible. The Film takes us through the story of Reshma Valliappan, a 30-year old Indian woman, and charts out her journey of eventual triumph over her condition. It takes a controversial and contrarian view towards recovery from Schizophrenia, proposing that the only treatment method that can work in the condition is one where the so-called ‘patient’ is encouraged and empowered to become an equal partner in the process of healing.

Awards and Screenings

Best Educational Film, 59th National Film Awards, 2011
Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA) Awards, 2010: Gold Award for Best Film: Theme; Best TV Non Fiction Film; Best Sound Design: Non Fiction and Certificate of Merit for Non Fiction Film and Cinematography 
New Jersey Independent South-Asian Cinefest, 2011
Afghanistan Human Rights Film Festival, 2013
Sydney Intercultural Film Festival, 2013
6th John Abraham National Awards, Signs, 2012
4th International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala, 2011
17th Kolkata Film Festival, 2011

EDITOR: Pooja Iyengar
SOUND DESIGN: Pratik Biswas
MUSIC: Manas Baruah

Aparna Sanyal has worked extensively on documentaries and TV shows for both Indian and international television. Over the years, her work has taken her through a wide variety of subjects - including the Indian polity and economy, sexuality, women’s issues, the Indian youth, the partition of India, environment, development and now, mental health.


Tedhi Lakeer – The Crooked Line, co-directed by her, was one of the first films to be made in India to protest the criminalisation of homosexuality in the country. Aparna is one of the jurors for the UNICEF ABA CASBAA International Child Rights Films Award. She is also the Co-Founder and Creative Director for Mixed Media Productions and Oasis Television.

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About PSBT

The Public Service Broadcasting Trust, India, commissions, produces and mentors 60+ independent documentary films a year. Our library of 600 docus have been screened at more than 750 film festivals worldwide, winning close to 200 awards. 50 percent of docs are made by women and two thirds starting out filmmakers.

We are a not-for-profit based in New Delhi that works to create and sustain a credible space for public service broadcasting in India, nurturing a media that is independent, participatory, pluralistic and democratic. 

PSBT empowers independent Indian filmmakers to make movies that explore both personal narratives and social issues. The films are screened on national public television in India and used as educational tools to cultivate public awareness on issues ranging from the challenges of diversity and development, democracy and gender to the right to education and food; from interpreting the relevance of Indian’s rich civilisational heritage, its history, religion and traditions to exploring contemporary culture. PSBT has been supporting video journalism of passion and integrity through its documentaries for 15 years. 

We are primarily funded by Prasar Bharati, India’s national public broadcaster via its television wing Doordarshan (DD), the Films Division, External Publicity and Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, UNESCO and the Ford Foundation, amongst others. 

PSBT hosts the annual Open Frame Film Festival to celebrate its commitment to freedom of expression, screening works from around the world that embody the highest standards of Indie filmmaking.

PSBT is managed by a core team led by the Managing Trustee, Rajiv Mehrotra (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajiv_Me... ) supported by Executive Producers Tulika Srivastava & Ridhima Mehra and a small team of three others. It is overseen by a distinguished Board of Trustees who include Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Aruna Vasudev, Fali Nariman, Kiran Karnik, Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal, Sharmila Tagore, Sunita Narain, and Jawhar Sircar ( Ceo Prasar Bharati).

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