The Daman Dash

Gajanan Khergamker | DraftCraft

Daman’s most unassuming, unsung heroes, at the call of India's Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi for demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8th 2016, hurtled in a race against time to meet the December 31st 2016 target laid down by the government to clean the system.

Almost all of Daman's common, shop-keepers, fruit-sellers, modest middle-class families even school-going children rose to the occasion. Interestingly, even as the illiterate struggled despite their best of intentions, to figure out the way ahead in the cashless scenario, it were the school-teachers armed with Generation Next who rose to the occasion.

In The Dock

In The Dock - a DraftCraft Initiative - documents the travails of a section of the lakhs of Banjaras, Kolis, Kannadigas, Tamilians and North Indians residing in South Mumbai's slums, whose lives are fully dependent on Sassoon Docks.

The documentary on the subject, issued in Public Interest, is a bona fide attempt to document the agony of the migrant labour. A monsoon closure of the Docks, as is a norm, sends everyone dependent on the place for a living, scurrying for alternate means of living during the period, year after year.

Should Sassoon Docks close down for good, as is widely feared will be the outcome of a series of litigations, it will be a sheer disaster for the poorest of poor working at one of Mumbai's oldest docks.

The Right To Walk

The Right To Life as provided in The Constitution of India through Article 21 assures all an associated Right To Walk. Over the years, it has become nearly impossible for the common man to walk in public places, along public spaces and exercise a right that is intrinsically associated with your very Right To Life. Your Right To Walk is associated with an inbuilt guarantee of safe passage without risk of injury or threat to life and property. But, are you assured of your Right To Walk?


DNA Profiling - Inherent risk of arbitrariness and presumption of guilt - A DraftCraft Report

A DNA test is popularly considered as 'conclusive evidence' but sadly tends to charge the accused with a 'presumed guilt' until the findings arrive which may go on to prove innocence albeit a wee late. There's an urgent need to monitor arbitrary DNA testing which if done frivolously causes irretrievable harm to the reputation of a suspect and loss of work, affects quality of life and credibility.

It's an outright violation of human rights if committed arbitrarily or in excess. In the case of the triple Cuffe Parade rape-murders, the police have embarked on a manhunt of sorts and, in the bargain, undertaken 916 DNA tests till date. With about 200-odd results having arrived, the police maintain that it's the slow pace at which the DNA testing labs have been providing results that has stalled investigations.


The state of Goa is known best for its beaches, churches and cheap liquor. Tourism is its primary industry. This relatively small state, situated on the western coast of India, between the borders of Maharashtra and Karnataka, is better known to the world as a former Portuguese enclave.
European tourists mostly arrive in Goa in the winter months. Tourism, the backbone of Goa's economy, registers an annual spurt during five months towards the end of the year i.e., October, November, December, January and February before trickling off almost to a naught during the rest of the year.

Apart from its beaches, churches and cheap liquor, Goa has a lot more to offer. The Patto Bridge, the Latin Quarter and...the nearly 30,000 year-old rock carvings at Usgalimal are reasons to visit Goa even after the 'season' is over.

Save Backgarden

"Whether a swimming pool on South Mumbai's Backgarden has legal sanction or not isn't the important thing. What matters is that there should be proper public consultation in the regard. And, the interests of weaker segments should be safeguarded," feels DraftCraft founder Gajanan Khergamker.

"'Save Backgarden' - A documentary produced by DraftCraft (Films) Productions - has been created only to put all the parties' perspectives in one place making it easier for anyone to understand the issue," he says.