SIMRAN KALER

SIMRAN KALER

SIMRAN KALER(Simranjit Singh) Well Known name in Children Literature and in Documentary Films, worked in ZEE Entertainment Network, CHANNEL PUNJAB U.K and has done many Govt. Project. Has made 34 Films before. Coming up with Feature Film very soon.

As a student, many classmates dismissed him for his unconventional ideas. But, Simran Kaler - a young boy from Mohali chose to take the road less travelled. He has made a niche for himself as an independent documentary maker and writer.

Soon after finishing post graduation in journalism and mass communication from Panjab University in Chandigarh, he decided to follow his heart by doing something different. He picked up a job with Parvasi - a news-weekly meant for Punjabis in Canada. Later he shifted to Channel Punjab UK - an international TV channel - as research head-cum-executive producer.

The channel gave him the opportunity to produce several documentaries and highlight social issues particularly concerning marginalised sections. He produced several documentaries but Saade Hisse Di Zindagi (Our Share of Life) is closest to his heart. The film documents the plight of bonded labourers. Another of his favourite is Punjab Versus Pesticide: Time to Act is Now, a film on chemical misuse by farmers. He also attempted to establish that Lord Budha visited ancient Punjab in his documentary, Buddism in Punjab, the Ancient Era.

He also made documentaries on the importance of water conservation and the fading legacy of rural sport and wrestling. The film became extremely popular in neighbouring Pakistan and on the web after he uploaded it on YouTube. Simran suffered a major setback after Channel Punjab closed down. He picked up some odd assignments in TV and radio, but, the work did not stimulate his genius and he finally decided to become an independent filmmaker. He set up his own film production house Raging Bull though he did not have means and money to sustain himself.

Kaler - who has made a niche but "no money" in documentary making - always looks for unusual issues as his themes. He wants to put these issues in perspective against a modern materialistic backdrop. He earns a little money through biographical documentaries but invests the profit into the films produced for a cause.

He worked relentlessly for weeks and got up early in the morning to understand the life of newspaper hawkers before producing Early Hawkers - a documentary that depicts their misery.