What started casually with a wine and olive commercial became formal with the 2018 launch of David and Goliath Films, a production company focused on creating stories. The company’s focus of creativity often revolves around the marginalized within the community, as reflected in Every 68 Minutes, Suno Na Papa, and Panah. The misunderstood as shown in A Separate Sky and Chal Sathiyan. Social service with Covid awareness campaigns through Umeed, Samjho Bharatvasi, to the downright remarkable and commercial Tera Mera Rishta.
In just three years, D&G Films has won more than 36 awards and accumulated approximately 50 more laurels. With hits at Cannes World Film Festival, 11th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival – 2021, California Music Video and Film Awards, Istanbul Film Awards 2021, White Unicorn International Film Festival, London Music Video Festival and Global Music Awards, to name a few.
“It has always seemed to me that people who are considered different from others have enlightened people, but if you know them, we could not be more similar if we tried,” says Lal Bhatia, president of David & Goliath Films.
“We choose to use our creative expression to reflect on this reality at every opportunity. That has been our DNA in almost every project. Normality does not exist, it is an illusion and often it is our differences that unite us the most, ”said Lal Bhatia.
And you can be sure that the Company certainly lives by that “DNA.” His film Every 68 Minutes was a hard-hitting short film that exposed the bitter truth that domestic violence and bigotry are an important part of Indian marriages. Co-produced by one of the most prominent figures in Bollywood and the international film industry, Adil Hussain, who also appeared as the father of the protagonist, Vaidehi, the film portrays the torment that a woman must endure because of dowry. A Separate Sky believes that freedom of expression should not be selective and that even films that are critical of the prevailing dispensation should be made. Deeply inspired by the poetry of Aamir Aziz, Sab Yaad Rakha Jayega, this was the first Bengal film to talk about the Citizenship Amendment Act.
David & Goliath’s social awareness effort featuring some of the Bengali film industry’s most famous faces on domestic violence during the lockdown racked up 5 billion views on YouTube. The issue of domestic violence during the confinement was clarified in a timely manner to maximize impact. “Panah,” a short film that will encourage you NOT to remain silent in the fight against domestic violence, was supported by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in New Delhi, India.
His Umeed music video, an inspirational number on COVID-19, won the Best Music in the World category at the California Film and Music Video Awards. Another music video of his, “Samjho Bharatwasi”, was a public service announcement urging people to uphold COVID protocols. It was supported by the Ayush Ministry, Government of India. The music video made many headlines and reached 1 million views in 48 hours! The organization is constantly trying to help people by exerting its influence in the media as a weapon of change. Through an initiative to give budding singers a platform, they also produced a music video, ‘Tera Mera Rishta’, based on an unconditional love story, sung and composed by a 16-year-old girl; racked up 1 million views on YouTube.
Lal Bhatia believes that “David and Goliath will continue to be known for bringing cinematic adventure and propulsion to a story, even in difficult times.” As for what follows, you will not see Lal Bhatia looking into a crystal ball. “I’m not thinking about the future,” he says bluntly. “I think about now. And I’m just getting started.
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