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Svati & Satyajit Bhatkal
SVATI CHAKRAVARTY & SATYAJIT BHATKAL
Co-creators of Satyamev Jayate, part of the founding leadership of Paani Foundation
Activists who spur action. Master storytellers with a mission to move mountains of jaded misogyny
Journalist, writer, instructional designer, researcher and film maker, Svati Chakravarty Bhatkal began her professional journey writing on civic issues, gender, politics and culture -- telling stories that mattered.
She co-directed and headed field research for Satyamev Jayate, among the most credible and widely-watched shows in the history of television. She researched and directed a documentary on female foeticide that went on to become a defining foundation for the show. In 2016 she began filming Rubaru Roshni (Where the Light Comes In), a feature length documentary researched and directed by her and produced by Aamir Khan Productions, dubbed in six Indian languages; which released on January 26, 2019.
An abiding interest in issues related to gender issues and social justice have also helped Svati craft lyrics for half a dozen songs on subjects as varied as sexual abuse, climate change and mental health.
Having donned the development lens as a young lawyer who was actively involved in and wrote about important social and causes; Satyajit’s desire to explore and expose the deep-rooted disablers to India’s progress led him to create Satyamev Jayate in 2010. Encouraged by the show’s response but more convinced of the need to now start acting for mitigating social issues beyond speaking about them, he co-created Paani Foundation that aims to make Maharashtra drought-free.
Before Satyamev, Satyajit was part of the core production team of Lagaan, directed the National award winning, India’s first theatrically released documentary, Chale Chalo (entitled Madness in the Desert, in English) wrote and directed 'Bombay Lawyers', a critically acclaimed mini-series and directed a children’s film, Zokkomon, produced by The Walt Disney Company.
As Influencers, the Bhatkals lend their passion, knowledge and ability in favour of meaningful communication aimed at positive mobility in the development space.