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You want to be a screenwriter, but you don’t know where to start.

Bombay is expensive. Is it worth going?

And on top of that, you don’t even know anyone. Even if you are in bombay, you don’t know whom to call for writing work.

These are just some of the basic questions that we all have grappled with at some point or other. There are no straight answers. Everyone finds a way.

But one thing is for sure now – it was never this easy if you have heard about AIB’s First Draft Programme. I wish there was something like this when we were starting out. It looked too good to be true – there is no fee, they take care of all the tuition expenses, and they even take care of your stay in Bombay. I have always felt that Bombay kids have an advantage. Not for anything else, but just for the rent. It’s fucking expensive! Whatever you earn, it goes in rent.

So when they started last year, it made me quite curious. Let’s see how it pans out. Been part of few script labs, i have experienced that nobody gets you till the last mile. Writing, feedback, learning, polishing – all that is good. BUT ARE YOU GETTING HIRED FOR WRITING?

Last i checked, out of the 10 writers that AIB selected, 7 of them are already writing commissioned work (film/web) for AIB which is in various stages of production. This is great. This is what all writers want.

So this year, we got one of the selected participant, Pulkit Arora to write about the whole experience.

Read. And Apply. Or Apply first, then come back and read. Last date for registration is Dec 5th, 2017. Click here for more details.

Falling In Love With Cinema / How I Learnt To Stop Worrying And Love The Screen

Last month, I went to my first film festival. As I swiftly discovered, festivals are exercises in cinema gluttony, with people catching as many as five films a day and ruing the absence of a sixth. But I felt oddly at home in queue for my next course.

18 months ago, this wasn’t the case. I’d maybe watch a film if the ticket price was less than Rs 2o0 and the run-time was under 100 minutes – that’d be about a film a month.

Most people around me at the festival had fallen in love with the movies when they were children. Stories told to you on a 50-ft screen as you chewed popcorn and slurped coke – what’s not to like? The leap from loving cinema to making cinema is substantial, but natural.

But as a vocal detractor of sitting still for more than 4 minutes, I had missed that honeymoon. I don’t think I even made it to the altar.

No one in my family had worked in art since a distant alcoholic uncle in the 80s ran production on a film with Asrani in the romantic lead. The casting choice was only slightly worse than the film itself; to this day at the dinner table, the conclusion is folks in arts are lazy drunks who didn’t score well in Science section.

On pure whim on an especially boring weekend, I stumbled onto a course called AIB First Draft, with no information on what writing for films entails. A whole Saturday off, and only a few tasks in the application – why not?

That application was a revelation. Playing around with characters can be pure fun, as if someone had given you a playground with a sandbox as big as human experience itself. The tasks took a lot longer than just that Saturday, but I did not resent it for a moment.

Upon what I continue to maintain was a miraculous selection, I sort of packed my bags and showed up expecting decent shelter and knowledge. I was fortunate to receive both.

While the course focused on writing stories for film, it throws you into a whirlwind romance with the medium of film itself.

Every day of every week was spent reading screenplays, watching cinema & writing. A lot of writing. I used my imagination more in six months than I had in every semester in college combined, especially with nine other people to imagine with.

But the biggest value of the First Draft framework was the predictability it brings – by Monday, we’d know the scheduled writing/reading/watching ratios of each day until Friday. Freed from the usual constraints of rent payments and deadlines, the only task was to learn.

But once the course spat me out of its comforts and straight into writing a high-stakes project, I found myself dwelling more and more in this sudden appreciation for an art form. I used to be a utility-and-function guy who scoffed at anyone “not contributing to making our world better” in the ways that I defined it; now I spent my days figuring out conflicts and emotional graphs for imaginary people. I was on my own little second act, figuring out how to reconcile this new job with my values.

But now that there was infatuation, I sailed into indulgence, consuming a film a day and a screenplay every week. Every film pored over, every screenplay marked with notes. All the “do what you love” posts that I cringed at all these years ended up coming true.

Somewhere in this process, I found something that I had lacked my entire life – an understanding of the value of creating cinema, and creating art itself. We throng to theaters to feel something our lives do not provide us, and that catharsis is more important than any of our institutions teach it to be. “Story is equipment for living” is how Kenneth Burke put it, and I have stumbled upon the honor to manufacture equipment. (That analogy has worked spectacularly with the family.)

A year in, cinema and I are doing quite well together. I think about it in the day and spend time with it in my evenings. I think in frames and scenes, I see people as characters. I have a feeling this may be more than just a fling.

Pulkit Arora

(Pulkit used to run a non-profit in Delhi before First Draft. He had no experience in fiction writing before he applied for the course. He is currently writing a feature film for AIB with a course-mate from the programme)

We also asked Pulkit to give us details about stay/course/schedule. More here –

– Our accommodation was spread over three houses in Versova. One of those houses was the venue for all the lectures and screenings. We would converge there for all the group work and then split up into our own houses for writing individually.

– The curriculum was a mish-mash of several screenwriting books, guest lectures as well as Satyanshu’s personal lessons. Everything was up for discussion – we would discuss exceptions as much as the rules.

– Every Monday, we would get a schedule that lays out the week for us. It would include watching films, plays and music, reading screenplays and writing our own draft. It made life super simple, because I now knew what I’m doing five days in advance.

– As for food, AIB paid for a cook that would make three meals for all of us. We would pay for the ingredients, but that was about it)

WTF! XXX Rated Adult Sex Comedy!

Posted: February 4, 2015 by moifightclub in News
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The headline is just to grab your attention. Because we are the #clickwhore generation. What else do you expect? And to see if sex still sells. And hopefully it will get Panditji’s attention too.

(The video links in this article are on an adult nature)

 A few weeks ago, All India Bakchod, a group of stand ups who also have a highly popular Youtube channel decided to organise a celebrity roast, hosted by Bollywood’s darling Karan Johar, the AIB team and a few invitee roasters.

The main guests to be roasted that night were actors Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor.

The evening was a sellout crowd of 4000 people, all tax paying adult citizens of Bombay who laughed their guts out and came back home.

A few months later AIB put a censored version of this roast online on their channel and served up 4 million views in a matter of a few days.

From its very inception everyone who went to the evening and everyone who clicked the link knew it was a comedy of a highly adult and risqué nature.

Today some unknown Brahman Sena head got up and filed a complaint against Karan Johar, Ranveer and Arjun and AIB.

The government of Maharashtra’s minister for culture is now ‘probing’ criminal charges against this group.

Before they embark on this highly moronic venture, I would like to point out why AIB is very much part of Indian culture and actually show you the proof.

I will not talk about Khajurao, Konark and Kamasutra etc as that is too passé.

I shall talk about comedy or ‘vyang’ as it is called in Hindi, which is the ‘national’ language.

Many centuries ago people realized civilized society is not the true face of its people. It is only a mask of civility that they wear and sometimes that mask needs to come off where everyone let out their true feelings and be themselves and then life went back to being normal the next day.

It started as Madanotsav where people would crack highly sexual jokes as well as indulge in extremely sexual behavior, let it all out off the system and go back home. This later became Vasantotsav and today it is known as Holi.

Then and today you have people singing loudly Kabira and Phag (Holi songs) with clear sexual innuendos. I am everyone has heard one of them sung by Amitabh Bachchan in Silsila ‘Rang barse bheegi chunarwaali rang barse’

‘Hasya Kavi Sammelans’ are held al over India were poets regale pubic with humour ranging from very civil to bawdy.

Here is an example from our prime minister Mr Modi’s contistuency of Varanasi

In fact stand up is big in Mr Modi’s hometown of Ahmadabad too, here is a young lady reciting some sexually laced funny ones

In Haryana, women aren’t any less this is a small sample

Also specially for our Maharshtraian custodians of culture a lovely double meaning qawalli in Marathi and I am sure you have heard of the huge local stand up talent that exists whose brilliant stand up in the Marathi language has had audiences holding their sides for years now as well as the Lavani performances.

Weddings are as Indian as it can get I am sure you will agree. Please ask your wives or any women in the family about the culture of sangeet especially in the North, where the ladies from the girls side during sangeet sing out the choicest abuses and laced songs about every member of the boys family and let out steam.

The minister of culture knows this for a fact because he must have read Tulsidas’s Ramayan which talks about the songs actually referred to as ‘gaalis’ which the women were singing during Lord Rama’s marriage.

I am sure you have heard of the famous Tepa Samelan held every year in Ujjain. This is the complete video for your perusal of the howlarious event in 2013.

We used to have a poet called Chirkin who used to write civilized shers but when that didn’t sell he decided to write about sex and everything that was best left in toilets. Here is an example of Chirkin shayari famous all over India.

The AIB roast that took place had Karan Johar headlining it and his mother sat in the front row. I have a question for our governmental machinery, are you bigger than his mother? Or has the state taken on the role of parents to govern the behavior of its adult citizens?

Each and every member on the stage and of the audiences was an adult who went in knowing what they were about to experience and they had no complaints.

But Akhilesh Tiwari, president of this organization called the Brahman Ekta Seva Sanstha decided to watch it on Youtube knowing its adult nature and decided to press criminal charges, like cockroaches who crawl out off the woodwork every time there is a political or financial opportunity or simply scapegoats of their masters who have decided to don the mantle of protectors of Indian culture and values.

If the government is really bothered about saving Indian culture then stop the culture of rape, stop the culture of corruption, stop the culture of goondaism, stop the culture of burning churches and mosques, the state has no right to come into our homes and teach us lessons in moral science and Indian values.

But this time I hope this case goes to court and I hope the lawyers of all accused shame these so called moral guardians who know nothing about Indian culture or history and it is time that they got a tongue lashing in public by the courts so that the next time a Tiwari sees something that offends him he stays home.

To all those who have a problem with things that offend you, I have only one thing to say…Don’t watch it!

Suparn Verma

 (The article was first posted on Rediff)

Or for that matter any bollywood film? Spoofing is a serious art and a good one needs much more than the combined acting talent of Uday Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan and Katrina Kaif. That’s a big problem with bolllywood – they don’t know how to take a joke. As me and many of my friends have faced similar situation many times in the past because of our tweets or blog posts, it’s hardly surprising anymore. Here’s the latest story. This one is about YRF and Dhoom3.

Here’s the kickass video by AIB guys which completely pwns YRF.