Big Dreamer Sessions: Bharat Bala

It’s been a joyous moment for India with our ‘men in blue’ winning the World Cup after a long 28 years. We are still recovering from the World Cup haze and to commemorate this amazing endeavor we have an inspirational speaker for you.

In the year 1996, his father sat him down and challenged him to create a big idea for India. From then on, Bharat Bala, film-making guru, made India his passion. He takes us on his exceptional journey of creating the rousing video, ‘Vande Mataram’. He shares with us how he gave A.R Rehman his first music album, his big ‘business-class catch’ and the many hurdles he faced in the effort of selling India back to Indians. ‘Anything is do-able’, he says and in the end we felt the energy of his dream. The rest as they say, is history.

A person who breathes life into his visuals through real places and people, Bharatbala tells Indian stories with a universal sensibility to a world audience. Like Brazilian director Water Salles and Chinese director Zhang Yi Mou, who have brought stories from their countries into the world cinema space, Bharatbala too is passionately working towards showcasing stories from India to an international audience. Bharatbala has worked with different genres of film communication in his 20-year career. Over the years, he has made popular television commercials for Indian and International brands, worked on docu-features, music videos and created novel short film concepts, especially public campaigns. Bharat Bala produced the acclaimed Vande Mataram video and Jana Gana Mana Video and heads BharatBala Productions based in Mumbai and Chennai.

How would you create new meaning for your India? Tell us!