Vishal has even referenced the Vittorio De Sica classic, Bicycle Thief, in his film, as a character yells out, "Cycle daku pakda!" Bhardwaj grins when this is pointed out, and says that the De Sica film is his absolute favourite, and this is a humble tribute.
Just how did he chance upon his irresistible child star, Shreya? "I was auditioning, and she turned up in her school uniform. It was almost an instant decision to cast her," he says.
The talented girl has handed in an inch-perfect performance, and when asked about her acting experience, she reveals, "I acted in a skit in my school, and have done a bit of work on radio." Her head nods happily in the affirmative when asked if she wants to continue acting.
Vishal's first film, Makdee, was about two little children and a witch. His next, Maqbool, could not have been more different, juxtaposing Shakespeare's Macbeth and Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather.
Blue Umbrella is yet another children's film. The director explains: "I have promised myself to keep making films for children. I feel that is a very neglected genre in Indian cinema. I want to ideally make every alternate film for children."