Sakharam (Sarthak Bhasin, India, 18mins)

Set in a tiny, tribal village of rural Maharashtra (India), this non-fiction film documents the life of Sakharam Mangya Bhagat. Water is in severe scarcity in Sakharam’s village. So, Sakharam has devised an ingenious solution to this grave water problem- He keeps three wives. The Director notes that SAKHARAM is his third year documentary film exercise at FTII, Pune. It is shot in a small tribal village called Dengalmal in rural Maharashtra over the course of six days and the film was a great learning experience for him as a director and a screenwriter.

About the Director

Sarthak Bhasin is a third year Film Direction student at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII, Pune). He pursued his graduation in Economics from Delhi University and his post-graduation in Mass Communication from AJK MCRC, Jamia Milia Islamia. He has also acted in two Bollywood feature films namely Percept Picture Company’s “MP3” (2005) and UTV Motion Picture Company’s “Aagey Se Right” (2007). His previous student films at FTII, Pune have been the official selections at various film festivals in India and abroad. Directing films is his passion and he intends to continue doing it for the rest of his life.


This screening will be followed by the screening of I Cannot Give You My Forest