Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films presents their latest short film ‘The School Bag’ by Dheeraj Jindal. Starring the versatile actress Rasika Dugal, The School Bag has been selected at more than 50 Film festivals across 13 countries and has won 15 awards in various categories like Best film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Cinematography and many more. Over the last 3 years, the platform, Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has gained immense popularity and has become one of the most credible and celebrated short films platform in India. It has released some of the most prodigious and award winning short films which truly reflect originality, imagination and perfection such as ‘Ahalya’, ‘Nayantara’s necklace’, ‘Interior Café’, ‘Ouch’, ‘Chutney’, ‘That Gusty Morning’, ‘Mumbai Varanasi Express’, ‘Khool Aali Chithi.’
Themed on the objective of “Make it Perfect”, The Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films is a platform for aspiring directors to feature along with mainstream Bollywood directors while still chasing their creative energy to create a niche for themselves in the industry. The platform gives a credible stage to the storytellers to showcase their artistic creativity and reach out to their target audience through the online world.
Shot in a village in Peshawar, Pakistan, this film is a drama about surprises we plan and the unexpected tragedies of life that we can’t even imagine. It is a tale about Farooq, a young boy and his mother where Farooq has a simple demand of a new school bag on his birthday, but his mother, in spite of her love and affection seems to be unfazed by her child’s plea, and unaware of what was waiting for her child. This short film is the director’s attempt at portraying the beautiful bond that a mother and her son have and the ineffable pain she goes through when her child suffers. Set against the context of the terrorist attack that took place in Peshawar, the film also features the impact that such atrocious incidents leave on the lives of innocent people and actually make us question the world we live in.
Commenting on the release, Raja Banerji, Assistant Vice President, Marketing, Pernod Ricard India, said “Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films is extremely delighted to present Dheeraj Jindal’s short film “The School Bag” starring Rasika Dugal. We are truly motivated to see the rapid growth and success of short films in India and seeing Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films at the helm of this evolution makes us extremely proud. In line with the brand’s objective of make it perfect, we have always believed in encouraging and motivating young and talented directors to perfect their skills and showcase their work along with known directors.”
This short film is Dheeraj Jindal’s poignant take on a tragic incident that took place in Pakistan. He first entered the film scene around seven years back as an associate director and very soon moved to directing films independently. He has a number of TVC’s, social, corporate and documentary films to his credit. Some of his old films have won awards and screened at different festivals globally.
Talking about the film, director, Dheeraj Jindal said “This film shows the special bond between a mother and her child and how it is irreplaceable and incomparable. I am extremely thrilled to be associated with Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films, it is certainly an incredible platform for aspiring filmmakers which allows them to showcase their work as creatively as possible.”
The beautiful and talented lead of the film, Rasika Dugal said, “I am proud to be associated with Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films. After Chutney, this is my second association with them and it has indeed been a great experience. The platform truly encourages and motivated both actors and directors to exhibit their work perfectly.”