Through various turning points in A R Rahman’s life and significant milestones, the Film celebrates an Indian icon who is no less than a global phenomenon.
Director – UMESH AGGARWAL; Producer & Commissioning Editor – RAJIV MEHROTRA, PSBT
• Busan International Film Festival
• Los Angeles Film Festival
• Houston Film Festival
• Imagineindia, International Film Festival, Madrid
• Film Festival of Stuttgart, Germany
• Melbourne Film Festival
• 3rd i Film Festival, San Franciso
• Prague Film Festival
• Tokyo International Film Festival
• John Abraham National Film Awards, SiGNS, Kerala
• International Film Festival of India, Goa
• CMS International Film Festival, Lucknow
• Edinburgh Festival of Films and Documentaries, Edinburgh
• National Film Festival on Art and Artists, Bhubaneswar
Umesh has been producing and directing television shows and documentary films for almost twenty years. His show Kiran – Joy of Giving, on Doordarshan, has won the Indian Telly Award a record five times and the Indian Television Academy Award twice. His films have been screened and awarded at various national and international film festivals. His film on pesticides in bottled water and soft drinks, The Whistle Blowers, for PSBT, won the National Award for Best Investigative Film. More recently, Brokering News, his film on paid news, also for PSBT, was awarded the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Rajiv Mehrotra, is an independent filmmaker and Managing Trustee of PSBT. His work has won more than two hundred awards and has had more than fourteen hundred film festival screenings. He is Trustee and Secretary of The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of HH the Dalai Lama established with the Nobel Peace Prize. Rajiv’s nine books have been published in 50 editions/languages.
PSBT (The Public Service Broadcasting Trust)
The Public Service Broadcasting Trust, India, commissions, produces and mentors 50+ independent documentary films a year. Our work wins international critical claim. Thus far, on an average, for every film we support, there are two film festival selections by professional juries around the world and we win an award for every two to three of them.
We are a not-for-profit based in New Delhi that works to create and sustain a credible independent niche space for public service broadcasting in India. We work with extremely modest budgets and technologies, about two thirds of our filmmakers are starting out talents from across the country, fifty per cent are women.
We have been/ are primarily funded by Prasar Bharati, India’s national public broadcaster via its television wing Doordarshan (DD) and before this, the External Publicity and Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, the Films Division and private Foundations.
PSBT is managed by a core Programme Team that includes Executive Producers Tulika Srivastava and Ridhima Mehra with Sandeep Bhatt and others . It is overseen by a distinguished Board of Trustees who include Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Fali Nariman, Kiran Karnik, Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal, Sharmila Tagore, Sunita Narain, and CEO, Prasar Bharati.
CAMERA: Alphonse Roy, Vijay Karthik, Anu Gunn, Bipin Anand, Madhav Salunke, U Shekhar Naidu
EDITING: Naveen Samhotra
SOUND DESIGN: K J Singh, Vijay Ratham
Produced by PSBT and The External Publicity & Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India