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Films are all the same – Long or Short

Mr. Cyrus F. Dastur The anxiety on the eve of your feature film’s release is pretty similar to giving birth to a child! In fact a little more I would say because if the child is mischievous or has any problem, you have a lot of time for course correction but with a film it’s pretty much become like a do-or-die over the opening weekend. Gone are the days when you would release a film and in case it didn’t do well on the Friday-Saturday, you could give it some time and expect it picks up by word of mouth ...
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Kiran Juneja Sippy

Scriptwriting in the new generation

Kiran Joneja The art of scriptwriting has changed a lot over the years in our country. Back in the 80’s and the 90’s, actors were not given a bound script beforehand.. It was common to narrate a one-line story to an actor before he signed on and then improvise on the sets during the shoot.Even the dialogues sometimes, were given to them on the sets, right before the shot. But today, the scenario has changed, wherein any actor of repute, will ask for a bound script and thoroughly go through it in order to even consider doing the film. This ...
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suchitra krishnamurthy

Song and dance- are they the brio or death of Indian cinema

Suchitra krishnamurthy It’s a distinct culture that fascinates the whole world- the song and dance routine of Indian cinema. Originating from Nautanki – the musical folk theatre art form especially popular in northern India, the song & dance narrative of Indian cinema is a style of story telling that has endured through the 100 odd years since its inception. But does it deserve to last? Can it? While the original stars of early Indian cinema are said to have sung their own songs it is around the 40’s 50’s and 60’s that playback singing came to the fore. So singers ...
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Charudutt Acharya

Aural writing

Charudutt Acharya ‘Tell a story in pictures’. ‘Write visually’. ‘Show, don’t tell’. These are some of the cardinal tenets of screenwriting that are repeatedly impressed upon buddingscreenwritersand rightly so. But rarely does anybody stress on writing aurally, caring for the soundtrack as much for the visuals. There is a pressing need to encourage a way of thinking where the sound and visuals are treated as complementary to each other right at the beginning – THE SCRIPT. Sure, the script is a skeleton upon which several departments of movie making add muscle, skin and a host of specialized elements to create ...
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Be Ready To Forget Who You Were, To Become Who You Want To Be

Bhagyashree BE READY TO FORGET WHO YOU WERE, TO BECOME WHO YOU WANT TO BE. This line holds true in more in this field than any other. Acting, the pursuance of the world of imagination. Were you not as a child, oblivious to the people, place and time of day once you got into your own dream world? Well, think how it would be to discover that child in you again. Live another life, be another character, give it different emotions than what you would normally feel, be another you. I often tell people that this is one place where ...
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