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Rupam Talkies – the last single screen theatre of Ahmedabad is going to shut down. With this an era comes to an end. An era that I have witnessed as a child – a beautiful time that, sadly, will only remain in the memories of a generation. Ahmedabad was bubbling with theatres when I was a child. There 100+ single screen theatres in the city. Yes! More than 100! And I’ve seen movies in most of them.
There are two sides to this question and I’ll try to cover both.
1. Does going to a film school or taking a screenwriting class improve someone’s writing?
2. To work professionally as a screenwriter in the industry, will I need a degree / certificate in screenwriting?
Why is it that there is a different music director and a different background scorer for the same movie in Bollywood?
First things first. Scoring Background Music (BGM) for a film is a different craft than composing songs because the entire thought process is reversed.
How important is screenplay formatting? What are the best tools to assist a writer in producing a document in line with the industry standards?
A film script has a big function beyond just the content. It’s a document that is shared with all the technicians and the talent working on the film. It should be formatted so that it’s easy for everyone to make their own notes and remarks on the script. That’s why in a professional set up, formatting becomes very important.
How did you sell your first screenplay?
My first credited screenplay ‘Mere Yaar Ki Shadi Hai’ (2002) was a commissioned script. My name was proposed by Sanjay Gadhvi, the director of the film, who I had assisted on his first film.
Aditya Chopra, the head at Yashraj Films and one of India’s most successful directors, met me once at the behest of Sanjay Gadhvi and apparently told him immediately after I left : ‘The boy is an asset. Take him.’