No one can fail to be moved by Jillian’s story and such is the appeal, this film is now being made. Much of the story was previously told in Jillian’s memoir Indian.English. but a new book, with a new title and extended text, is being written. This will have the same title as the film once this is known.
The essentials of the story…
Born in 1970 in post-colonial India to parents with British ancestory, Jillian Haslam overcame a childhood of abject poverty, racial abuse and hardship, including the loss of infant siblings through malnutrition, and took on adult responsibilities while still a child herself. Despite these obstacles, she carved out a highly successful career, raised her younger siblings, and never lost sight of her purpose in life—to give back to those who still suffer like she did.
After spending close to twenty years in the banking industry, both in India and the UK, Jillian felt a compelling need to change direction and devote her energies to helping other people improve their lives. After some time in training and supporting self-development, she is now a highly sought-after motivational speaker, using her own experiences to inspire others to do as she has: To develop mental resilience and never give up on their life goals.
Jillian’s story recounts how she learned to look for the positives embedded in the wholly daunting challenges she encountered. It explores how she has used the morality and forgiveness learnt from her upbringing to overcome extreme adversity and this rich story vividly illustrates how and why this woman of deep compassion inspires everyone she meets.