As we have done in the past, this year too we are trying to source the scripts of some of the best bollywood 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.
To read the scripts of best bollywood films of last few years, click here. We are starting this year’s series with Ram Madhvani’s Neerja.
Not many remember that Neerja isn’t Ram Madhvani’s debut film. He made his debut in 2002 with a small underrated film, Let’s Talk. It’s good to have him back after more than a decade.
The film broke an important bollywood myth – a Hindi film with a solo heroine in the lead that can work wonders at the box office and can get critical acclaim too. Yes, it’s possible. And there is lot to learn from the film’s writing and direction. Ram’s direction and Saiwyn’s story/screenplay showed us how to build a 2-hour film revolving around a single incident. Everyone knew the story, the act of bravery, and even the climax. But still how do you hold audience’s attention? This one did the magic from the opening scene. Sanyuktha’s dialogues in just one monologue (by Shabana) showed us the power of the words that made us reach for the tissues. So here it is, the script of Neerja.
Film : Neerja
Director : Ram Madhvani
Story & Screenplay : Saiwyn Quadras
Dialogues : Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh