Archive for April 3, 2013

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An interesting trailer of Ajay Bahl’s debut film “BA Pass” came out online recently. If you still haven’t seen it, click on the play button.

The cast includes Shilpa Shukla, Shadab Kamal, Rajesh Sharma, Dibyendu Bhattacharya and Geeta Agarwal.

And here’s the official synopsis of the film –

A young small town boy moves to Delhi to stay with his aunt and finish his college. Soon a mysterious married woman seduces him known to him as Sarika ‘Aunty’. Set amidst the neon-lit by lanes of Delhi’s Paharganj unfolds an erotic human drama between the two. A relationship based on lust, lies and deceit is forged. As the young boy gets more and more entrenched into his surroundings he discovers a city that thrives on corrupting even the most naive and innocent.

– The film is based on Mohan Sikka’s story “The Railway Aunty”, which was part of the anthology “Delhi Noir”. The story is available online. If you haven’t read it yet, click here.

– Click here to read an interview of the director on

– The film will have its next screening at New York Indian Film Festival which is scheduled from April 30th to May4th, 2013.

– To know more about the film, you can follow its Facebook page.

(from official release)


MAY 1-5, 2013

Ashutosh Gowariker (Lagaan) and Sriram Raghavan (Johnny Gaddar) : On what they expect from screenwriters

– Zoya Akhtar (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) and Reema Kagti (Talaash): On being writers and writer-directors

– Urmi Juvekar (Shanghai): On how to grow as a screenwriter

– Sanjeev Datta (Barfi): On writing lively, character-specific dialogue

– Anjum Rajabali (Drohkaal, Ghulam, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Raajneeti): Heads the screenwriting departments at Whistling Woods Mumbai and FTII Pune. Regularly conducts screenwriting workshops and seminars in India and abroad. According to him, “The really exciting phase of Indian screenwriting is about to begin!”

VENUE : Auditorium – Whistling Woods International, Film City, Goregaon (East), Mumbai 400065.

DATES : May 1-5, 2013 (both days inclusive)

TIMINGS : 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm (Film viewing: 5.30pm – 8pm on May 1, 2, 3)


FEE : For FWA members: Rs. 5600/- (Inclusive of taxes, tea/coffee and lunch on all days)
For non-FWA members: Rs. 8500/- (Inclusive of taxes, tea/coffee and lunch on all days)

– If you wish to become an FWA member, please visit

To register for the workshop, please call 30916003 or email:

– No other creative process requires an equal combination of art and craft, as does screenwriting. And, while art (driven by creative urges and ideas) comes entirely from within, the craft (form, structure, narrative design) needs to be learnt. The writer needs to know the craft to convert those ideas into a cinematically written, gripping script. After all, the producer is going to bet crores of rupees on it!

– A substantial five-day workshop can go a long way in putting you on the road to screenwriting.

– Through interactive lectures and with the aid of many examples, participants will be educated about all the elements needed for a well-written script. The workshop will also outline the advisable steps in the construction of a script.

– On the last day, a senior copyright lawyer will educate participants about writers’ rights, including the amended copyright act, royalties, and the minimum basic contract that FWA is negotiating with the producers.