Workshop on screenwriting

Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan  

Special Correspondent

Kamal Haasan organising international event at IIT-Madras

CHENNAI: Kamal Haasan is organising an international workshop on screenwriting at, and in association with, Indian Institute of Technology-Madras between May 29 and June 3, 2009. The process of selecting 250 participants for the Chennai International Screenwriting Workshop is on: the deadline for applications is May 5.

“It’s a strictly instructional event. Basic education is compulsory and candidates need to demonstrate their seriousness to get selected,” says the writer-filmmaker-actor.

Writer Jean Claude Carriere will lecture students in video-conference mode. The workshop will be conducted by K. Hariharan, director of the L.V. Prasad Film and TV Academy; Anjum Rajabali, professional screenwriter and the head of the departments of screenwriting at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, and Whistling Woods, Mumbai; and Atul Tiwari, professional screenwriter and playwright.

“We will be approaching screenwriting from two angles,” says Hariharan.

“How to turn words into images that you see on screen and also how to do the opposite — putting in words what you see as images in your mind.”

“While all good writing is essentially intuitive, it is essential to understand the basic principles of storytelling and the form of the screenplay to be a competent screenwriter,” says Mr. Rajabali.

For long, screenwriting has been a neglected discipline even in film schools. “But even then, we have seen that the pedagogy of screenwriting has not taken roots in India,” adds Mr. Tiwari.

The event is an initiative of Raajkamal Films International to bring screenwriting to the fore.

Candidates should send their resume and a passport-size photograph with a 200-word synopsis on their favourite film, and a list of their five favourite films to > Details are available at

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