Posts Tagged ‘Saket Chaudhary’

WHAT: Asia Society India Centre announces the launch of the New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters (NVFS), a program to identify and support a group of six talented independent screenwriters to develop their feature film scripts by working in a dynamic and innovative environment with guidance from eminent filmmakers and screenwriters.

Time Warner is the Founding Sponsor of the New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters.

FELLOWSHIP: Through an open application process, six screenwriters from across India will be selected for a year-long Fellowship that will provide a creative platform to explore new ideas.

Each participating Fellow will receive:

 – A stipend of Rs.1,00,000

– Regular mentoring from noted screenwriters/directors toward the completion of a feature script

– Two week-long intensive workshops led by industry professionals and with active participation from peers in a learning community

– Recommendations on developing contacts and approaches to taking their scripts to the next phase — developing strategies and approaches to finding producers, directors, distributors, festivals, etc.

ELIGIBILITY : Indian Nationals residing in India, 18 years and above, are eligible to apply.

The Fellowship is open to Indian nationals residing in India who have written one full-length script that has been registered with the Film Writers Association (FWA).

SCHEDULE: Open for Applications – 1st July – 31st August 15th Sept, 2011

Announcement of 12 shortlisted applicants – 20th October, 2011

Interviews of 12 shortlisted applicants – 8th November, 2011

Announcement of 6 Fellows – 8th November, 2011

First residential screenplay workshop in Mumbai  -9th – 13th November, 2011

Second residential screenplay workshop in Mumbai -May 2012 (Dates TBC)

Closing Ceremony -June 2012 (Dates TBC)

STIPEND : The Fellows will receive a stipend of Rs.1,00,000. 50% of the money will be released at the beginning, 25% on completion of five months and the remaining 25% on successful completion of the Fellowship.

ADVISORY COUNCIL & MENTORS : Anjum Rajabali,  Jaideep Sahni, Dev Benegal, Saket Chaudhary, Sriram Raghavan, Ashwini Malik and Vinay Shukla.

To know more about the rules and regulations, click here.

16th Feb 2010.

To The Honorable Minister of HRD, Mr Kapil Sibal.

Dear Sir,

I would like to bring to your notice a number of articles which appeared in the media in the past few days.

One appeared on Sunday the 14th of Feb in Mid Day, Mumbai, titled “Bollywood A-List Actor Allegedly Plots Copyright Amendment Sabotage”. (this article does not seem to be available on the net so I will send you a scanned copy by tomorrow), another appeared today 16th of Feb again in the Mid Day http://www.mid-day.com/entertainment/2010/feb/160210-aamir-takes-on-javed-akhtar.htm  and the third appeared today, 16th of Feb, in Mumbai Mirror.  http://lite.epaper.timesofindia.com/getpage.aspx?pageid=25&pagesize=&edid=&edlabel=MMIR&mydateHid=16-02-2010&pubname=&edname=&publabel=MM.

(the links to the articles are attached for your reference).

Sir, it seems to me that there is an attempt by certain people to attack me in public by printing lies about me, thereby turning the attention away from a genuine debate about copyright issues.

I am grateful to you for inviting me to be part of a committee to discuss the various issues regarding amendments to the Copyright Act. However in light of these public attacks on me I don’t think I am comfortable to be part of this committee.

Sir, I take great pride in my honesty and integrity, and attach an enormous amount of value to my sense of justice and fair play. Monetary achievements have never excited me. If they had, I would have acted in many more than one film a year, thereby being financially much richer than I currently am. Had I been driven by monetary achievements I would not have produced films that challenge the mainstream and break new ground, films like Lagaan, Taare Zameen Par and Peepli Live, that most producers would hesitate to produce.

I believe that what I have earned is the love and respect of my colleagues and my audience. And this I have done through my work and through the manner in which I work. This is why such public attacks are most damaging to me emotionally and leave me crippled.

In the past 26 years of my involvement with the film industry I may have made mistakes, but never have I knowingly been dishonest or unfair in my dealings, whether as an assistant director, actor, producer or director.

I feel I have a lot to contribute to the ongoing debate but I cannot make any meaningful contribution in this atmosphere. Aggression of this type leaves me feeling very disillusioned and sad and I am unable to function.

Therefore I request you to accept my resignation from this committee and please appoint another person in my place.

I believe that amendments to the Copyright Act are long overdue and I am so happy that a person like you is spearheading this movement. I believe that the changes that you are bringing about in the sphere of education are so dynamic, progressive and positive, that I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that you will do the same in the field of copyright.

Yours sincerely,

Aamir Khan.  

(PS – Writer-director Saket Chaudhary who was also present during the meeting have been tweeting that the reports have been mostly Mid-Day/Mirror made! It was interesting discussion where every party put out their views strongly. Its the issue that matters, not the faces who are involved.)

And if you are intersted to know more about this intiative by HRD, click here.