Archive for December 30, 2015

As we have done in the past, this year too we are trying to source the scripts of some of the best films of the year. As most of you know, the scripts of Hollywood films are easily available online, even the unreleased ones. But we don’t have any such database of Hindi or Indian films. So that has been the primary reason for this initiative. And it has been possible only because some of the screenwriters and filmmakers have been very supportive about it. It’s only for educational purpose and much like the spirit of the blog, is a complete non-commercial exercise.

In our “Best of 2015” series, earlier we shared the script of Neeraj Ghaywan’s MasaanMeghna Gulzar’s Talvar, and Navdeep Singh’s NH10.

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Yashraj Films produced 2 kickass films this year – Kanu Behl’s Titli and Sharat Katariya’s Dum Laga Ke Haisha.

Titli was one of the best debuts of the year. Violent, brutal, of people on the fringes whom we hardly notice otherwise, and a family film unlike any, at least in bollywood. And still, at its core, there’s a beautiful love story about two doomed people who can’t escape their fate and are forced to be together. With some excellent performances by its ensemble cast, this is what an assured debut looks like.

Film : Titli

Director : Kanu Behl

Writer : Kanu Behl and Sharat Katariya

 

 

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The other film is Sharat Katariya’s Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Interestingly, Sharat also co-wrote Titli. A over-weight lead actress is a strict no in bollywood. Sharat turned it into a novetly factor for his film. Dipped in Kumar Sanu’s 90s nostalgia and flavours of small town’s lazy life, it felt like riding a time machine while you kept smiling at the love story of the unlikely lead pair.

Film : Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Director : Sharat Katariya

Writer : Sharat Katariya

Here’s the script of Sharat Kataria’s Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Like other scripts we have shared, this one is also a pre-shooting draft. Some scenes here are missing from the film and a couple of scenes in the film are missing from this script. Especially one scene I loved while reading (the very first scene!) is not in the final-cut of the film. One of the most fun scripts to read this year, in my opinion – Varun Grover

 

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Among the many ways the Censor Board (CBFC) butchered Pan Nalin’s film Angry Indian Goddesses, this one was priceless. They had objection to the entire opening credits of the film. For us, a good opening title sequence is a thing of beauty. And lot of effort goes into making it. How to explain it to the board which believes that any reference to Gods should be wiped out. The makers had no option but to blur all the Gods in the entire film and the opening title sequence. So if you saw the film in the theatres, all you saw was the credits with a completely blur background.

Anyway, here’s the good news. The opening credit which was blurred is now online. Also, Art Of The Title site, which is great resource for title sequences of films/tv show, has featured it in their Top 10 title sequences of the year.

Click here to watch it on full screen or click here to go to Art Of Title page and scroll down to number 5.

Here is the credit list for the sequence

ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES
Studio: Plexus
Creative Director / Motion Graphics Artist: Vijesh Rajan
Associate Motion Graphics Artist: Yashoda Parthasarthy
Music by: Ram Sampath
Edited by: Shreyas Beltangdy