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5th GPIFF Official Selection


The School Bag

Dheeraj Jindal

The bond between a mother and her son is indeed a special one. It was the same between Farooq and his mother, who live 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… Set in the context of the tragic 2014 Peshawar school massacre, which took away lives of 141 people, including 132 school children, The School Bag is a heart-touching and thought-provoking short film that touches upon family bond, terrorism, and modern conflict.

INDIA, 2016
15 minutes


Dheeraj Jindal

Dheeraj Jindal is a film director based in New Delhi, India. He started his career as an assistant director in 2009 working on documentaries and later started exploring the diversity of the films linked to the corporate world. His film credits include The School Bag (16), Faith Revisited (11) and The Musalman: Preservation of a Dream (11).

Executive Producer:
Dheeraj Jindal

Shashi Prakash Chopra

Anshul Agarwal

Satchith Pulose

Neil Sehgal

Yousuf Hussain
Anindit Roy

Yousuf Hussain

Rasika Dugal
Sartaaj Kakkar