Monday, September 04, 2006

Women Writing (Bollywood) Scripts

The recently held All India Screenwriters Conference held at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) sought to publicize the "plight of screenwriters and the quality of screenwriting in India" (story here). All the big names got together and made the right noises (Shekhar Kapur, Javed Akhtar, Anjum Rajabali, etc.). None of them talked about how the scene is changing in what has been a largely male-domainted domain.

In the world of Salim-Javed, there has been one Honey Irani (of Lamhe fame) and a few women directors like Tanuja Chandra and Leena Yadav who have written their own films. Writing another man's film is a difficult nut to crack. So are Bhavani and Venita and the half dozen other women now writing Bollywood scripts making any difference, or is it just more of the same?

Full story here. And go here to read about a screenwriter's adventures in Bollywood!


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