Short Films

Rajesh has made several short films and documentaries on human trafficking, HIV/AIDS and communal riots that support the media advocacy initiatives of the United Nations and NGOs, national and international. His most recent film for the United Nations, One Life, No Price for social sensitization against human trafficking was well received by civil society organizations internationally. Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta and John Abraham appear in the film as spokespersons for the cause.

The Sacred Face, a short film on child sexual abuse, sent the audience back home unsettled at its screening in Hyderabad. Rajesh himself writes the screenplays for most of his documentaries.


14 mins,
Hindi (2013)

This short compelling film is on identity crises. A city taxi narrates its frustrations and pain in dealing with human beings. The Film traces how many people lose their own identity because they were silent spectators to a wrong happening. In the mundane world of wants and desires the question of ‘who I am?’ raises serious issues regarding our own existence. Born Identity is an attempt to search our own identities.



14 mins, ,
Telugu (2009)

Needalu presents the tale of a victim of oldest form of sexual slavery-prostituion that thrives in the shadows of the night. The film traces the journey of a victim of trafficking -from an insider's perspective. The protagonist shares with the audience the world of prostitution - highlighting the organized crime, the perverse clientele, physical and mental torture... It subtly points out the degradation of human dignity... The film is directed at the women in prostitution, an opportunity for them to re-look at their own lives, get motivated to break the shackles of exploitation and consider alternatives that will restore their faith in themselves and in humanity


The Sacred Face

13 mins,
English (2006)

Chid sexual abuse is a global menance. Across the world every country reports sexual exploitation of children. But the worst form of exploitation and abuse of trust is ‘incest’ . Although everybody knows it exists social shame and stigma continues to hide this issue below the carpet. ‘THE SACRED FACE’ is a bold film that has bought out this reality. Based on a real life story which happend in India the film for the first time looks at this


Main aur meri sachaein

13 mins,
Hindi (2009)

'In my case, the ultimate destination is an ignanimous death'. Main Aur Meri Sachain is a film about a young woman in prostitution questioning the society on a highly pertinent issue-Who is the cause for my being here? Questions to wives and families who scorn them... to the society at large which sustains flesh trade Addressing the stigma, discrimination that women in prostitution are subjected to, the issue of male demand for prostitution is raised The film leaves the audience with profound and thought provoking messages-where progress for women in prostitution is sysnonymous to with rapid degradation of soul, mind and body, which belies the normal prosperity associated with career progression. Should we then legitimize this trade as the oldest profession?


One life no price

9 mins,
English (2007)

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Touchriver Pictures present One Life, No Price, a gripping docu-fiction presented by Bollywood actors John Abraham and Priety Zinta with a compelling concluding exhortation by the legendary Amitabh Bachchan. The film introduces the tragedy of human trafficking in South Asia with a special focus on India where thousands of young girls and boys are into modern-day slavery. It features six independent stories: There is Radha (12) from Andhra Pradesh, who is sold into a brothel in Mumbai by her ‘husband’. There is Jyothi (14) from Jharkand who is auctioned off as domestic worker in Delhi. We watch Rahul (8) and Rajib (10) from Kolkata as they are trafficked as labourers in a brick factory. Annamol (16) and Bina (18) from Kerala are duped into sexual servitude under the guise of ‘ayurvedic massage’. Tina (20) from Shillong dreams of a better life in Mumbai but is forced to perform at dancing bars. Finally, Nagesh (7) from Tamil Nadu is offered job with a tourist guide and ends up being exploited by sex tourists. The modus operandi adopted by traffickers is vivdly portrayed in the film. The vulnerability of these children as young adults caused by their different socio-economic conditions is clearly depicted and the consequences of this vulnerability are explained. The film concludes with hope in the form of responses from various government, non-government and international agencies such as UN on a wide spectrum of anti-trafficking interventions following rescue such as providing education, counselling, shelter, training and employment for the rehabilitation of rescued victims. One Life, No Price provides a compelling look into the dark, inhuman, and exploitative world of human trafficking and invites each one of us to join the growing response against human trafficking.