Hunt for budding screenplay writers

Staff Reporter

The response at the talent hunt organised by the producers was overwhelming both in Kochi and the State capital.

KOCHI: Malayalam film producers, Sureshkumar G. and Sabu Cherian felt as if they were hearing the dialogue straight out of potboiler.

A wannabe script writer, who turned up at the talent hunt organised by producers, said that he was ready to narrate the story but with a few conditions. First, he wanted either Mammootty or Mohanlal to portray his lead characters on screen.

Second, the youngster demanded a guarantee that his idea would not be dumped once they finish hearing his storyline.

“We could not give them any assurances, as the idea could be accepted only after hearing the entire story,” said Mr. Sureshkumar. “Many had turned up for the talent hunt held in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram with some prior notions like the feeling that only superstars could act in their movies,” he said.

Mr. Cherian agrees: “They were taking the names of Mohanlal and Mammootty rather than the names of the characters while narrating the story. We had to remind them that not to be in an imaginary world and think differently”.

The response at the talent hunt organised by the producers was overwhelming both in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.

More than 300 aspiring writers turned up in Kochi.

“The search was for fresh and daring ideas. But many stuck to the oft-repeated themes. It was not Mohanlal and Mammootty alone that they picked up for their films. Some started narrating the story saying that Prithviraj would play the key role,” said Mr. Sureshkumar.

In the end, nearly 10 fresh ideas found in the Kochi leg of the talent hunt were shortlisted for further screening. And the youngsters would be given a chance, if producers finalise their plans to go ahead with the project.

Director Lal Jose said there was no dearth of good stories in the Malayalam film industry. “But we lack good screenplays. The story might be interesting but many are not able to translate it into a good script,” he said. The director also reminded the youngsters that they should be able to condense the story ideas into an effective screenplay to catch the attention of the audience.