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2016 can be called the year of the Indian screenwriter! With a slew of films powered by some scintillating scripts blazing new trails, the scramble for good scripts gets a shot in the arm. Writers’ visions seem to be driving storytelling in the Hindi film industry. Those who were part of this trail-blazing year are happy to share their knowledge, experience and guidance, via interactive masterclasses in the workshop!

With the aid of new examples, references and illustrations, the Workshop Instructor will cover all the useful principles of screenwriting, the navrasa theory, Indian mythology, copyright law, writers’ contracts, and offer professional guidance.

WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR

Anjum Rajabali (Drohkaal, Ghulam, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Raajneeti): Head of Screenwriting at Whistling Woods, erstwhile honorary head of Screenplay Writing at FTII, and an activist of SWA. Conducts workshops, script labs, seminars and fellowships for screenwriters in India and abroad.

Guest Speakers

Jaideep Sahni (Chak De India),  Shakun Batra (Kapoor & Sons), Nitesh Tiwari (Dangal) (TBC), Gauri Shinde (Dear Zindagi), Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku), Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari (Nil Battey Sannata), Sriram Raghavan (Badlapur), Shridhar Raghavan (Dum Maro Dum), Nikhil Mehrotra (Dangal), Shreyas Jain (Dangal)

FEE

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

For non-SWA members: Rs. 11000/- (Inclusive of taxes, tea/coffee and lunch on all days)

*If you wish to become an SWA member, please visit www.fwa.co.in

VENUE

5th Veda Auditorium, Whistling Woods International, Film City, Goregaon East, Mumbai – 65

– For more information and to register for the workshop, please call 30916003 or email: kanchi.parikh@ whistlingwoods.net

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NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab, a 2-part workshop is designed to prepare screenwriters’ with original Indian stories for working with the international filmmaking market place. It aims at improving a completed screenplay in its final stages and to increase the international marketability of the same.

ELIGIBILITY
  • Open only for Indian citizens residing in India
  • Open only for feature length fiction films
HOW TO APPLY
  • Create a MyFilmBazaar Account.
  • Use this ID to access the online application form.
  • The Regular Deadline for applications is 3 March 2017 (6 pm IST).
  • The Extended Deadline for applications is 13 March 2017 (6 pm IST).
  • Applications will not be considered complete till the payment has been processed.
  • Email/hardcopy applications will not be accepted.
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Before you begin, please make sure you have the following:

  • Logline
  • Short Synopsis (500 – 600 words)
  • Writer’s Statement (500 words)
  • Updated Bio

In addition, you have the option of submitting either

  • Full Screenplay

OR

  • Story Synopsis (6 -10 pages | 12 point font, single spaced, 1” margin)
  • First 20 pages of the Screenplay ( in industry accepted format)

Shortlisted applicants will be called for an interview, either in person or on Skype (in the month of April)

DATES FOR THE LAB
  • Session 1 – end of May 2017
  • Session 2 – 6 weeks after Session 1 concludes
  • Session 3 – 8 weeks after Session 2 concludes
  • 20 – 24 Nov, 2017 – Film Bazaar
FEE
  • INR 3000 for applications submitted on or before the Regular Deadline, 3 March 2017 (6 PM IST).
  • INR 5000 for applications submitted after the Regular Deadline from 4 March to 13 March 2017 (6 PM IST).
CONTACT
  • For further clarifications, write to screenwriters-lab@filmbazaarindia.com.
  • For more details, and to apply, click here.

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. From 2016, script of Neerja is here, Kapoor & Sons is here, Pink is here and Raman Raghav 2.0 is here. And sharing Udta Punjab in this post.

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Abhishek Chaubey’s Udta Punjab was easily one of the best films of the year. It captured the wide spectrum of the dark and depressing world of Punjab’s drug scene. The script written by Sudip Sharma and Abhishek Chaubey didn’t pass any judgements on the scenario of the characters but made them humane by looking deep into their environment. And yet, they smartly packaged it well to keep it in the space of mainstream bollywood.

Happy  reading!

Film : Udta Punjab

Director : Abhishek Chaubey

Written by :  Sudip Sharma & Abhishek Chaubey

 

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. From 2016, script of Neerja is here, Kapoor & Sons is here, and Pink is here.

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After the disaster of Bombay Velvet, Anurag Kashyap was back in form with this quickie, Raman Raghav 2.0. The film had everything that Kashyap excels in – a smart title, black humour in abundance, terrific atmosphere, quirky characters and punchy dialogues.  Inspired by the true story of Raman Raghav, Vasan and Anurag’s screenplay, which was divided into chapters, was one of the smartest spin of the year.

Happy reading!

(Please do note that this is not the final shooting draft of the film. This is the script of the international version of the film, the one which played with the title, Psycho Raman.  We thought this will be a good learning exercise – to compare the notes between this draft version and the film we have seen)

Film : Raman Raghav 2.0

Director : Anurag Kashyap

Written by : Vasan Bala and Anurag Kashyap

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. From 2016, script of Neerja is here and Kapoor & Sons is here. Here’s the script of Pink.

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In bollywood trade terms, this was not a pre-release or weekend-numbers film. The title was Pink and the poster had three actresses who are really not big names. But apart from turning out to be one of the most profitable films of the year and receiving universal critical acclaim, it also gave us this year’s most powerful cinema slogan – No means no. Ritesh Shah’s writing and Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s direction made sure that the audience remained glued to the screen.

Happy reading!

(Please do note that this is not the final shooting draft of the film. Some dialogues were changed during the shoot. But we thought this will be a good learning exercise – to compare the notes between the film and the script)

 

Film : Pink

Director : Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury

Story : Shoojit Sircar, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Ritesh Shah

Screenplay & Dialogues : Ritesh Shah

 

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. For this year, so far we have posted the script of Neerja. And here’s the script of Kapoor & Sons.

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Shakun Batra’s Kapoor & Sons was not just commercially successful and critically acclaimed, but it scored a rare achievement. His sophomore feature better was than his assured debut, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. Most filmmakers in bollywood falter after making an impressive debut.  What’s also praiseworthy is the way the film presented its stars and characters. A leading character in mainstream bollywood film was gay without being caricatured and a leading star was seen in a supporting role.  No wonder that this film is in everyone’s list of top films of the year.

Film : Kapoor & Sons

Director : Shakun Batra

Written by :  Ayesha DeVitre and Shakun Batra
(Shoot draft – July 2015)

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.

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.

Happy reading!

Film : Neerja

Director : Ram Madhvani

Story & Screenplay : Saiwyn Quadras

Dialogues : Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh