The School Bag

The bond between a mother and her son is indeed a special one. It was the same between Farooq and his Mother. They reside in the small town of Peshawar, Pakistan.

Farooq, a child with a simple demand, wants a new school bag on his birthday. But his mother, who in spite of her love and affection seems to be unfazed by her child’s plea.

Unknown to Farooq, there is something waiting for him on his birthday.

  • Dheeraj Jindal
    Director
  • Anshul Agrawal
    Writer
  • Shashi Chopra
    Producer
  • Films Rajendraa
    Producer
  • Rasika Duggal
    Key Cast
  • Sartaaj RK
    Key Cast
  • Satchith Paulose
    Director of Photography
  • Neil Sehgal
    Editor
  • Yousuf Hussain
    Music
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Children
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 5, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Film Language:
    Urdu
  • Shooting Format:
    Red
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Filmingo International Short Film Festival
    Mumbai
    India
    November 4, 2016
    South India
    Best Performance (Female) & Special Award
  • Free Spirit International Film Festival
    Mcleodganj, Dharamshala
    India
    October 31, 2016
    Indian
    Special Mention & Best Cinematography
  • IndiEarth XChange
    Chennai
    India
    November 27, 2016
    Non Competitive
  • Children’s Film Festival Seattle
    Seattle
    United States
    February 11, 2017
    Non Competitive
  • Santa Fe Film Festival
    New Mexico
    United States
    December 10, 2016
  • Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival
    Vancouver
    Canada
    November 27, 2016
    Best short film International
  • The Great Indian Film & Literature Festival
    Gurgaon
    India
    December 3, 2016
    Best Short Film
  • Sand Dunes International Short Film Festival
    Bikaner
    India
    December 26, 2016
    Rajasthan Premiere
  • Dieciminuti Film Festival

    Italy
    January 28, 2017
  • Smita Patil Documentary and Short Film Festival
    Pune
    India
    December 11, 2016
    Best Director (Fiction)
  • Allucinema Fest
    Puebla
    Mexico
    November 19, 2016
  • Khajuraho International Film Festival
    Madhya Pradesh
    India
    December 13, 2016
    Non Competitive
  • Cinequest Film & VR Festival
    California
    United States
    March 12, 2017
  • Cineframe International Short Film Festival
    Calcutta
    India
    December 28, 2016
  • International Children Film Festival Bangladesh
    Dhaka
    Bangladesh
    January 31, 2017
  • Filums International Film Festival
    Lahore
    Pakistan
  • Muestra Internacional de Cine de Palencia
    Palencia
    Spain
    February 19, 2017
  • Silk Road Film Festival
    Dublin
    Ireland
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival
    Pune
    India
  • Chittogong Interntaional Short Film Festival
    Chittogong
    Bangladesh
    January 21, 2017
    Best Short Film (International)
  • Cleveland International Film festival
    Cleveland
    United States
    April 9, 2017
  • Independent Days International Film Festival
    Baden-Württemberg
    Germany
    April 9, 2017
  • Piélagos en corto" Festival Internacional de cortometrajes de ficción
    Pielagos
    Spain
    May 13, 2017
  • Festellen
    Banglore
    India
    March 14, 2017
  • International Short Film Festival Kolkata
    Kolkata
    India
    March 7, 2017
  • FilmSaaz
    Aligarh
    India
    March 27, 2017
    Best Film
  • ClujShorts
    Cluj-Napoca
    Romania
    April 9, 2017
  • Asian pacific American Film Festival
    Washington Dc
    United States
    May 21, 2017
  • Salem Short Film Festival
    Chennai
    India
  • Winnipeg Reel to Real International Film Festival
    Winnipeg
    Canada
    Best Short Film
  • IFFSA - Toronto
    Toronto
    India
    May 22, 2017
  • Fajr International Film Festival
    Tehran
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    April 28, 2017
  • Ark Film Festival
    Pune
    India
    April 2, 2017
  • INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL (ICFF)
    Lucknow
    India
    April 13, 2017
  • New York Indian Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    May 5, 2017
  • Berumda International Film Festival
    Hamilton
    Bermuda
    May 10, 2017
  • Pune Short Film Festival
    Pune
    India
    June 14, 2017
  • Harayana International film festival
    Kurukshetra
    India
    April 17, 2017
    Best Performance (Female)
  • Inonu University 10th Short film festival
    Malatya
    Turkey
    April 28, 2017
  • ENFOQUE International Film Festival

    Puerto Rico
    June 18, 2017
  • Vinaros 'Agusti Comes' Short Film Festival
    Castello
    Spain
    July 29, 2017
  • Fastnet Film Festival
    Cork
    Ireland
    May 27, 2017
    Best film in Drama Category
  • SorsiCorti Short Film Festival
    Palermo
    Italy
    August 20, 2017
  • Indian Film Festival Stuttgart
    Stuttgart
    Germany
    July 23, 2017
  • Delhi CG Animation Awards
    New Delhi
    India
    May 8, 2017
    Best Live action film
  • Link International Film Festival
    England
    United Kingdom
    July 9, 2017
  • Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards
    Ottawa
    Canada
    May 21, 2017
  • International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala.
    Kerala
    India
    June 20, 2017
  • GIIFFA 2017
    New Delhi
    India
    June 11, 2017
    Best Story
  • Bengal International Short film Festival
    Calcutta
    India
    May 17, 2017
    Best Actress, Best Child Actor, Second Best Film
  • Wular Lake Internationl Short Film Festival
    Shrinagar
    India
Director Biography - Dheeraj Jindal

Dheeraj Jindal, at a very young age got attached to questions. Questions about the measures of good and bad, the society and its inequalities. Questions that hit the prism of curiosity but got lost in its colors. Not too enthusiastic in academics, he soon got introduced to his favorite quote “travelling is the best way to get educated.”

He travelled, observed and looked for his answers, and soon a sheer coincidence introduced him to an art of telling stories, filmmaking.

He first entered the film scene around seven years back as an associate director, after his formal training in Masters degree specialized in film making, and very soon he moved on to directing films independently and got a number of social, commercial, corporate and documentary films to his credit, that won awards, and more importantly, hearts of his audience.

Immensely creative, disciplined and slightly quirky Dheeraj is a rare blend of talent and humility. His work reflects his vision, his perseverance and technical knowhow. Carrying along his habit of living the moment, he makes each and every frame in his films striking and memorable.

His small experience as an actor at the age of seven, is one of the dots that connects him to where he is today. Courageous moments, out of the box ideas and his dedication are few more.

While he continues to connect the dots, he continues to look for his answers.

Add Director’s Biography