A 15-minute Indian short film based upon a Pakistani mother-son duo is bound to leave you at a loss of words.
Based in Peshawar, the plot of the short film, The School Bag, revolves around a six-year-old boy named Farooq and his mother, enacted by Sartaaj Kakkar and Rasika Dugal, respectively.
The film already has swept up 22 awards and has been receiving appreciation worldwide.
A night before his birthday, Farooq requests his mother to get him a new school bag. Though his mother initially talks him out of it and acts like she doesn’t know which bag he is talking about, after much persistence on his behalf, she scolds him for not being more responsible.
Finally, he threatens to not go to the school the next day if she doesn’t get him the bag.
As the narrative progresses, one gets to witness a heartbreaking change of events that leaves us numb. Beautifully picturised with amazing performances by both the child actor and Rasika Dugal, the film is directed by Dheeraj Jindal and is inspired by a true incident.
You can watch The School Bag here: