|Born||18 June 1965|
|Occupation||Film director, writer|
Sanjivan Lal (born 18 June 1965) is an Indian film director and writer. He did his specialisation in Film Direction from Film and Television Institute of India at Pune. Before making feature films, he had made several documentaries on various topics for Government as well as for the Corporates. He has also made several one-off episodes for various channels like Zee and Star TV.
He was a jury member of non-feature section of Indian Panorama for IFFI, 2005 at Goa.
In 2011, he made his directorial debut with the film Bubble Gum which was a critically acclaimed film and was also appreciated all over. The film was among the 5 films you should've watched in 2011 by Rajeev Masand. The film was also listed among the best films of 2011 by Hindustan Times.
Sanjivan was also noticed and was among the best Debut Directors List of Yahoo! India.
Later he did his graduation from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, where he took part in Dramatic Society – The Players.
After graduation he pursued Chartered Accountancy in Delhi for 2 and a half years only to quit & join 6 months documentary workshop being conducted by CENDIT, New Delhi sponsored by The Indo-German Social Service Society, 1989.
Sanjivan Lal is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune with specialization in Film Direction, 1993. His diploma film The Second Page about the killing of under trails in Police lock ups was screened as part of the Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India in Calcutta in 1994.
Starting his own production house, Lumiere Films, Sanjivan directed several one offs telecast on prime television channels like Star Plus's Star Bestsellers, Zee TV's Rishtey, Saturday Suspense and Sahara TV's Raaz and Mujrim Kaun? The episode 'Khazana' in the thriller series 'Mujrim Kaun?' won the prestigious RAPA award for excellence in Radio and Television advertising.
Sanjivan has dealt with a variety of non-fiction subjects as well. From a film on Chau mask making for the Government of Jharkhand, to a film on the Electronic Voting Machine for The Election Commission of India.
His documentary film "Is God Deaf?" about noise pollution in the name of religion was selected for the International Festival of Documentary and Reality Films at New Delhi and the International Film Festival of India, 2004, as part of the Indian Panorama beside host of other film festivals.
His first feature film in Hindi was Bubble Gum which was released on the 29 July 2011. The film was critically acclaimed and was among the best films of 2011. IMDB still rates this film at 7.3/10
In June 2017, Sanjivan established his film company called Eclectic Films.
He is currently in talks with various producers for his next film.
Meanwhile, he is also line-producing and directing a feature-length documentary film for the international market titled Operation Scuttle. It looks at the international factors and the economics that dictated a hurried granting of independence to India in 1947. It is presently being scripted by Ms. Shama Zaidi, the writer of M.S. Sathyu's Garam Hawa and Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khilari.
Has attended several scriptwriting workshops by Anjum Rajab Ali, British Council and by Script Factory from UK.
Sanjivan attended Rotterdam Lab at Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 2007.
- Bubble Gum
- Chakkar [Under production] Co-writer-Ranjan Das.
- The Second Page
- Machaan- Produced by Gul Anand. Starring: Saeed Jaafry, Mohan Agashe, Amol Palekar, Peeenaz Masani, Jonny Lever, Rohini Hattangadi, Tinu Anand etc.
- Mujrim Kaun? with Nirmal Pandey
- Rishtey: Mujhe Mat Yaad Karna for Zee TV Produced by Kamlesh Pandey
- Rishtey: Shagun [Co-produced by Ashthavinayak Cinevision]
- Raaz: Shaatir with Nirmal Pandey
- Raaz: Blackmail With Nirmal Pandey
- Woh Kaun?: Sadma With Nirmal Pandey
- Star Bestsellers: The Penpal
- Chhau Mukhaute- A documentary on mask-making of Chhau dance for Government of Jharkhand
- “Is God Deaf?”- A documentary on a senior citizen fight against communalization of Noise Pollution. A true story Produced by Lumiere Films for Public Service Broadcasting Trust|PSBT]
- Vann Aur Jeevan- A documentary on the life of the forest guards and officers. Shot in the forest of Himachal Pradesh Produced by CENDIT, New Delhi
- When God Went To Sleep - for American TV. Produced by an environmentalist Dr. Rashmi Mayur
- The Painted Confession - A documentary on the Prisoner serving life term in Yerwada Jail for killing his Art College Dean. Each painting reflected his guilt / his repentance.
- Ek Boond Zindagi- Produced by FILMS DIVISION
- The Electronic Voting Machine- Produced by Lumiere Films for Election Commission of India
- Rajgir Hot Springs [Produced by LUMIERE FILMS for ZEE CHAKRA]
- Madhubani Paintings [Produced by LUMIERE FILMS for ZEE CHAKRA]
- Manjusha Art [Produced by LUMIERE FILMS for ZEE CHAKRA]
- Alternative energy-Biogas [Produced by LUMIERE FILMS for ZEE CHAKRA]
- Alternative education-Creative learning [Produced by LUMIERE FILMS for ZEE CHAKRA]
- Alternative energy: Solar Cooker [Produced by LUMIERE FILMS for ZEE CHAKRA]
- Alternative treatment: Jaundice [Produced by LUMIERE FILMS for ZEE CHAKRA]
- Operation Scuttle [Under production with his newly formed company - ECLECTIC FILMS PVT LTD.]
- Election Campaign Films
- Infomercial – Miracle Mixer
- The Makaton Language for Makaton India and SPJ Sadhana School, Mumbai
Awards and rewards
The episode Khazana in the thriller series Mujrim Kaun? won the prestigious RAPA award for excellence in Radio and Television advertising.
"Is God Deaf?" was selected for PSBT-PRASAR BHARTI-UNESCO'S INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF DOCUMENTARY & REALITY FILMS at New Delhi, 2004 and was also selected for 35th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA [IFFI 2004] at Goa as a part of the INDIAN PANORAMA.
His diploma film The Second Page about the killing of under trails in Police lock ups was selected for THE INDIAN PANORAMA at the 25th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA Calcutta 1994.
- "Bubble Gum: Cast and crew". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 17 December 2012.