Allah-Rakha Rahman has the honour of single-handedly catapulting Indian Film Music on to the world stage. Considered one of the world’s most influential people by Time Magazine, his prolific body of work, over 120 film scores worldwide in a career spanning two decades, makes him one of the world’s all-time top selling recording artists. The Film explores the evolution of his style of music – a fusion of Eastern sensibilities and Western technology. Through various turning points in his life and significant milestones, the Film celebrates an Indian icon who is no less than a global phenomenon.
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.
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 & technologies, about two thirds of our film makers are starting out talents from accross India, fifty percent are starting out talents.
We have been/are primarily funded by Prasar Bharati, India’s national public broadcaster via its television wing Doordarshan (DD), the Films Division, External Publicity and Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs and private Foundations
PSBT is today managed by a core programme team that includes Executive Producers Tulika Srivastava & 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.