By RAHUL RAUT
Bollywood scriptwriters are often heard complaining about not getting the remuneration they and their stories deserve. While the lead male and female actors bag crores of rupees, the man behind the script which is considered the most important part of filmmaking process doesn’t get paid even 10th of the amount of the lead actors.
Hindi film industry is suffering from the dearth of good writers. Good writers have long left the industry and the current writers have no option but to accept what money is offered to survive or quit. Production houses which spend crores on making movies offer 6-10 lakhs to writers for story, screenplay and dialogues. Producers are happy to pay 70-80 lakhs for the remake rights of other language movies but they aren’t ready to pay the same amount to scriptwriters who give their heart and life for the project.
Besides this remuneration issue, there is also a lack of an appropriate platform for aspiring scriptwriters. Lots of good stories are ready and waiting to be told but the film industry hasn’t been able to find them. There is a serious deficiency of a bridge that would reduce the distance between filmmakers and good scriptwriters.
Considering all these issues, Cinestaan Digital Pvt Ltd. which is an internet media firm focussed on building cinema-related products for Indian audiences has come up with an initiative that will help the aspiring scriptwriters and filmmakers get closer. The company has launched “Cinestaan India’s Storytellers Script Contest”, a nationwide hunt for five best scripts that can be taken to the big screen.
Bollywood’s Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan and director Rajkumar Hirani (3 Idiots, PK, Munna Bhai series) along with scriptwriters Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku, Vicky Donor, Madras Caf and Anjum Rajabali (Satyagraha, Rajneeti, Aarakshan) have come together to judge this contest which is probably India’s biggest ever scriptwriting competition.
The competition which was launched on 15th October 2017 will be opened till 15th January 2018. The interested writers can submit their scripts in that period which will later be evaluated by the jury. The results will be announced sometime next year with prize money ranging from 3 lakhs to 25 lakhs and the opportunity to pitch their winning stories to leading production houses.
“The total cash prize for this contest is R49 lakh. While the winner shall take home a prize of Rs 25 lakh, the first runner-up and second runner-up will get a prize money of R10 lakh and R7 lakh respectively. The third and fourth runners-up will round off the top five with prize money of R4 lakh and R3 lakh respectively,” reported a leading daily.
“We have incredible talent in this country. However, they have been facing immense difficulty in making their way to the Indian film industry. I feel that good writers don’t have enough opportunities and this is where the contest will help tremendously,” said Aamir Khan who believes that this competition will provide a platform to the reservoir of talent outside the industry.
Although such one scriptwriting contest won’t help much and solve the problems of creatively excruciating industry, it’s definitely a good first step towards moving the Indian screenwriting to the next level.
Visit https://scriptcontest.cinestaan.com to enter the contest and for additional details.