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Intellectual Property For The Intellectuals

Intellectual Property For The Intellectuals

January 05, 2011

When will Indian screenwriters get their dues?



I was browsing through the list of highest grossing films of 2010, when I decided to write this article. The highest grossing films of the year are Housefull, Dabangg, Golmal 3 and Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. I felt disgusted. I need not elaborate how pathetic these films are. Our film industry tends to completely disregard the fact that the script is the very foundation that a film is built upon. No matter how ironic it may sound, our industry has no respect for the screenwriters. When was the last time you saw the writer’s name on a film’s poster? One film I can instantly connect with is Black Friday. The film had no exceptional performances, yet many critics claim it to be the best film of the decade. The film was inspired by a book. Yes, it was the script that drove the film. Let's have a look at the process of scriptwriting in India-

  • Writers in India are paid even less than the playback singers and choreographers.
  • Director, Actors, assistant directors, even junior performers tend to modify the script whilst the film is shot.
  • Writers in Hollywood are duly paid during the time they spend developing the script. Even when a script is not accepted, the writer does not lose out. A writer here is paid after, and only if, his script is approved.
  • Writers are often forced to rip off or lift off a Japanese horror, a Hollywood thriller, a Korean love story, or a South Indian action flick.
  • Our legal system has done very little to help writers. Producers often steal a writer's work and the writer remains unpaid.
  • Once bought and paid for by a producer, the writer has no rights whatsoever over the script he has written.


Will it all be the same in the decade to come? Is there something being done to improve standards within Indian cinema? The answer is 'Yes'! Very recently, the copyright amendment bill, 2010 was presented in the Indian parliament by our respected Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal. People like Javed Akhtar, Aamir Khan, Prasoon Joshi and Vishal Bharadwaj came together to draft this wonderful bill. The bill encouraged creativity in the music and film industry and proposed greater rights to the writers and lyricists. It also suggested joint ownership of a film’s copyright between the producer and the director, thereby empowering the directors. The country was celebrating. At least I was happy about the bill, until something happened... The Film Federation of India (FFI) protested against this bill. Mukesh Bhatt, Ramesh Sippy and other prominent film producers were unhappy to see the intellectual property rights being given to the actual 'intellectuals'. They even went on to ban Javed saab and called for a bandh on Jan 6th in protest. Actor and producer, Kamaal R Khan, wrote on Twitter-

“Now Javed sahab we will show you our power on 6th jan. 2011 in Delhi. And i request 2 all the producer to not work with trouble makr writers.”

Javed ji's reply to all these protests was-

They can ban an individual but not an idea whose time has come. I don’t care. Honestly I don’t care, it’s almost not important. At most they will not give me any work. But that’s not the issue. Alright, so I won’t be there. So what? Whoever else is there you have to pay royalty to that person. That is important.”

Well, the good news is that the ban has now been called off, possibly due to internal pressures and criticism within the national and social media. It is disheartening to see such drama carrying on while most of my countrymen, in and outside India, are still unaware and enjoying 'horror films” like Tees Maar Khan! How long will we tolerate the moneymaking capitalists and criminals of our country who consider art as the media of filling their own coffers? Isn't it high time we stand up for the 'real intellectuals' of our country?


52 Comments

  • GANDHI
    By
    GANDHI
    21.08.13 06:23 PM
    Taking "inspiration" from a published story or film comes cheaper for our producers than honestly paying the fair price to the author! Until such time when the story writers and script writers form a union/association like they have in HOLLYWOOD, this degenerate practice will not stop!
  • Akash Joshi
    By
    Akash Joshi
    02.09.12 07:23 PM
    Thanks Sourav for this information.

    I have just write a script along with screenplay and dialogues. I would like to know how and at what cost can I get my script, screenplay, dialogues and title copyrighted. It’s very essential before I actually approach any producer/ production house with my hard work so as to avoid plagiarism.

    Please help me with the information.
  • avdh
    By
    avdh
    16.07.12 10:21 AM
    allright bro, best of luck to you as well.
  • absurd
    By
    absurd
    15.07.12 12:45 PM
    i was just trying to find line between fact and truth
  • avdh
    By
    avdh
    14.07.12 06:50 PM
    thanks bro ,but please tell me. why would you say so about ideologies?
  • absurd
    By
    absurd
    14.07.12 04:32 PM
    all the best buddy
  • avdh
    By
    avdh
    13.07.12 05:50 PM
    "absurd" I could not understand what you are trying to say.Why would you say that?
    I am also a writer and would possibly go to Mumbai as soon as possible as i have a good story to sell.
  • absurd
    By
    absurd
    25.06.12 09:56 PM
    thanx all for sharing your experience i am an aspiring writer and i two have two scripts under my belt but i am confused to how to begin and as along as i recollect my experiences all the ideologies with which we are born seem to be ideal fantasies and truth is way beyond looking hopelessly at me and i feel it is is confused about its existence in front of facts lol
  • Sanked
    By
    Sanked
    25.04.12 08:03 PM
    @ashu - u could figure out that copyrighting ur material is important but u cant figure out where to do it from? il help u out. i know of this website called WWW.GOOGLE.COM - check it out.
  • Ashu
    By
    Ashu
    25.04.12 04:53 PM
    Thanks Sourav for the valuable information.

    I have just drafted a script along with screenplay and dialogues. I also have an apt title so as to make a Hindi movie out of it. I would like to know how and at what cost can I get my script, screenplay, dialogues and title copyrighted. It's very essential before I actually approach any producer/ production house with my hard work so as to avoid plagiarism.

    Please help me with the information.
  • ujwal
    By
    ujwal
    18.01.12 03:36 PM
    I want ..how to get the copyright to the script written by an normal individual.......
  • shine
    By
    shine
    15.12.11 06:14 AM
    Great Post. You actually right.
  • Zahoor Afridi
    By
    Zahoor Afridi
    09.12.11 01:23 PM
    Have any one got contact to producers via this platform????? and promote their scripts???
    I think every1 just post about his scripts, that i have written hundred and thousands
    stories. . . . .
    But nothing got n real.
  • parveen
    By
    parveen
    28.11.11 10:14 PM
    i am completle script writer my mind cricket ground played is 1oo story
  • sachin
    By
    sachin
    28.11.11 10:09 PM
    great platform
  • D
    By
    D
    26.09.11 06:54 PM
    @SunilS - Excellent post. For years I've been trying to talk sense into these star-crazy people who turn a blind eye to criminal activities when committed by a superstar. This goes beyond any criminal activity. This was treason against the country and still people seem to love him and crowd the theatres to watch his silly films. Only in India this happens because of the number of uneducated idiots we have here. In no other country is status more than actions. It's ridiculous how this terrorist continues to live freely and continues to earn respect from everywhere. And anyone who thinks he still doesn't have ties with the underworld is really stupid.
  • SunilS
    By
    SunilS
    26.09.11 01:27 PM
    I wish the best. Don't obsess about Bollywood .

    THE SANJAY DUTT COVER-UP

    HOW THE STAR
    ESCAPED TADA

    His other co-accused have all been convicted under the stringent anti-terrorist law on evidence much less damning. Ashish Khetan and Harinder Baweja unearth court records that point to Sanjay’s exact role

    It was probably the most difficult moment of his life. A moment when he stood on a one-way street. There was nothing, nothing at all that he, Sunil Dutt, could do to save his son Sanjay Dutt from being arrested. The Mumbai Police had found that the actor had acquired deadly AK-56s from Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Anees Ibrahim, and had even had one destroyed after the serial blasts in Bombay that left 257 people dead.

    At that moment, there was only one thing Sunil Dutt could do. He picked up the phone and informed the then Police Commissioner AS Samra that his son was returning that night — April 19, 1993 — from Mauritius.

    The police picked up Sanjay from the airport, allowed him to sleep on the sofa in one of the officers’ rooms, and at 10am the next day, the then Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) MN Singh and his deputy Rakesh Maria started the interrogation. Sanjay broke down and narrated the entire story. The same evening, Sunil Dutt and his daughter Priya Dutt met Sanjay in the presence of the police officers.

    Sunil Dutt was still not ready to believe that his son could have been involved in the blasts conspiracy.

    Maria told Sanjay to tell his father the truth, and Sanjay conceded that he had been in possession of an assault rifle and some ammunition that he had got from Anees Ibrahim. Sunil Dutt wanted to know the reason why. He was not prepared for the answer: “Because I have Muslim blood in my veins. I could not bear what was happening in the city.”

    A crestfallen Sunil Dutt left the police headquarters. It was a moment almost worse than the shock of the previous day.

    Hingora, Salem and Chauhan confirmed Sanjay personally supervised the removal of the arms concealed in the car
    Quite in contrast to what he felt in 1993, Sanjay’s forehead was smeared with a long red tilak on judgement day — November 28, 2006. The air inside the TADA courtroom was heavy with tension and fear. An ashen-faced Sanjay sat head down next to his friend and co-accused Yusuf Nullwala, whom he had called from Mauritius and asked to destroy one of the AK-56s in his possession. A few rows behind them was 64-year-old Zaibunissa Kazi, another co-accused.

    Thirteen years after he was arrested on charges of acquiring three AK-56 rifles, nine magazines, 450 cartridges and over 20 hand grenades — weapons and explosives associated either with terrorists or counter-insurgency forces — the fate of the filmstar was finally to be decided and Sanjay was nervous. Judge PD Kode walked in to a packed courtroom and first summoned dismissed customs officer SK Thapa to the witness box. As customs officer, Thapa had winked while a cache of arms and explosives was smuggled into the country in 1993 for acts of terrorism. Thapa, the judge said, had been found guilty under different sections of TADA — the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, passed in 1987 to counter acts of terror.

    Kode then called out Zaibunissa Kazi’s name. Two of the three AK-56 rifles, some ammunition and 20 hand grenades returned by Sanjay had been kept at her house for a few days. The judgement was as severe as the previous one. She was held guilty under Section 3(3) of TADA. The sub-section defines a convict as one who “conspires or attempts to commit, or advocates, abets, advises or incites or knowingly facilitates the commission of a terrorist act or any act preparatory to a terrorist act.”

    Tension was visible on the face of Satish Maneshinde, one of Sanjay Dutt’s key lawyers. He was later to say this to a Tehelka spycam: “The moment she was convicted, I thought Sanjay too would be convicted under TADA.” (See box on Page 12) He had reasons for admitting this. Unlike his client Sanjay, who had asked for the weapons, stored them, asked for them to be destroyed and even admitted to his association with Anees Ibrahim, Zaibunissa Kazi had only stored them for a few days. Her role was in no way comparable to Sanjay’s and nobody knew it better than Sanjay’s lawyer.
    At least three witnesses testified that Sanjay Dutt kept assault rifles and hand grenades.

    How does this justify his ‘self-protection’ theory
    ?

    http://www.tehelka.com/story_main28.asp?filename=Ne240307How_the_CS.asp
  • SunilS
    By
    SunilS
    26.09.11 01:18 PM
    Dear Beloved Readers,



    Bollywood got funds from gangsters: WikiLeaks

    Press Trust of India, Updated: September 06, 2011 17:05 IST


    Washington: A leaked US diplomatic cable has said that Bollywood welcomed funding from gangsters and politicians, known in India as "black money."

    While there is no direct reference of Dawood Ibrahim which allegedly financed a number of movies, the cable said that in recent decades, the Bollywood film industry has been associated with the notorious Mumbai underworld, at the nexus of gangsters, money, and politics.


    Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/bollywood/bollywood-got-funds-from-gangsters-politicians-wikileaks-131763&cp
  • TENDULKAR
    By
    TENDULKAR
    26.09.11 12:26 PM
    Dear readers:

    I am a California based NRI. I agree that 1) script writing could be one of the biggest selling element besides other 2) Hindi Movie scripts most are BS. 3) Writers should be given due credit.

    I luckily found this site in my research to find an assistant screen writer. I promise creativity gets due credit and am confident if you were to work with me you will not regret.

    Please write to me at lawangeles@aol.com with your detailed w-mail how you can help me and remuneration you expect as a consideration.
  • zahoor afridi
    By
    zahoor afridi
    06.09.11 11:26 AM
    How much a good indian movie writer earns per story.??
  • Amlandeep Bhattacharya
    By
    Amlandeep Bhattacharya
    28.06.11 01:35 AM
    Well well Javed Sahav has really taken a bold step. film storywriters must be given much more importance as they give in Hollywood because it is actually good stories that make good movies and not trash stunts and glamour. There cannot be any star power without good scripts.
    Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was protrayed as an angry young man by the writings of Salim -Javed .
  • Jolly Uncle - Writer
    By
    Jolly Uncle - Writer
    26.06.11 06:29 PM
    I am also suffering a lot...........KASAK KALAM KI.............
    Jolly Uncle
  • Aryan reddy
    By
    Aryan reddy
    03.05.11 01:32 AM
    Hi friends am a software engineer frm iim bangalore ,i hav written a awsum script for bollywood, all my frnds said its a awsum script, few producers approached me to sell it but iam not much happy by ter offer, i am confused & i even dont know the procedure to sell the script in mumbai . So plz frnds guide me
  • pavan kumar kota
    By
    pavan kumar kota
    02.05.11 09:47 PM
    i have a good script at present and i am confident enough on it. i want to know whom can we approach in Hollywood or Bollywood to show them the script.....if u can help me i will owe u a lot for that.
  • K
    By
    K
    27.03.11 07:18 PM
    @Sunil: For a writer, you really have trouble forming coherent sentences. I think you should use the 'study it' advice on yourself.
  • Sunil Shibad
    By
    Sunil Shibad
    27.02.11 08:37 AM
    @Sinha: Kindly dig up the Web beyond the smoke and mirrors. You should know the world laughs at us. But they are polite to a fault.

    And I ask all, do you knwo in Bollwyod and Hollwyod? yes. Ddi you deal with them? Nit as some fans?

    Do you know Bollywood bough down to ist knees by facing IP infringement overseas?

    Study it!
  • Sinha
    By
    Sinha
    27.02.11 01:35 AM
    My question is if someone copies a hollywood movie to bollywood, there is no law in this world that sue them.

    Like mememto to Gajini etc
  • Sunil Shibad
    By
    Sunil Shibad
    27.02.11 01:18 AM
    @Sorav Roy: I invite you to mumbai . take you around and meet insiders. And decide. In fact it is sad that old from the film industry are shabbily treated.
    Till we make a noise:

    AK Hangal's ill and broke


    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/AK-Hangals-ill-and-broke/articleshow/7324706.cms




    @anonymous: I normally never reply to Anon types but anyway, here goes:

    a) What IP right? How can you enforec the law?

    b) Quit writing scripts for Bollywood and writer fro Holwyod, Franec , Span or Poland.

    All NRIs are now laughed at as "filmis" (star struck ) or into religion. Why some of my dear and brilliant childhood friends are into Bollwood or religion.


    The pathetic is NRis care two hoost about what is going on in India.

    Jus ggogle Bollwyod and see NRI websites!

    How about say Naxal issue? None!

    Americans donate more than NRIs and get involved into AIDS, school education, Kashmir and so many burning issues.

    isn't it ironic?
  • anonymous
    By
    anonymous
    27.02.11 12:10 AM
    Is this true, that a script cannot have a copy right in bollywood. which means if a hindi movie is a ditto copy of a hollywood movie, or a copy of a south indian movie, no one can file a law suit against the writer or producer???

    Pls Advice
  • Sourav Roy
    By
    Sourav Roy
    09.02.11 09:59 AM
    @ Sunil Shibad
    Thanks for your comments. I read your article. Good one. Painful but true that Bollywood has its own problems. But don't you feel good times are coming? This bill trying to make it big is a live example of it. The way our music industry has recovered from the age of remixes and the age of Himesh is another example. Today actors like Abhay Deol are in mainstream trying to create good cinema. Better something than nothing. :) Bollywood is on a journey upwards...

    @ Venkat

    Thanks for your valuable comment. It's an honour that people like you who are directly affected by the bill have found my article worthwhile.
  • Venkat
    By
    Venkat
    07.02.11 09:56 AM
    Yes. Thanks a lot to the blogger for his efforts to bring out some of the hard-core realities that are bieng rising in the today's film industry. Being a writer I fully agree with this blogger's comments and appreciate him for all his eeforts in this regard. Hope the Parliament should pass the Copyright bill 2010 soon and make the writer's community happy for ever.

    May God bless all.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Venkat Nemana.
  • Sunil Shibad
    By
    Sunil Shibad
    28.01.11 07:35 PM
    PS: I made typos. Sorry.
  • Sunil Shibad
    By
    Sunil Shibad
    28.01.11 07:35 PM
    Saurav,

    I applaud. In Truth Lies Victory. Bollwyodo ( vis-vis Hindi film pre-ecomomic reforms around 1994).

    Bollywood is a clear and present danger to India

    Don't debate with any mindless Bolwyiid manaics. What are my credentials do I have?

    I grew up in Mahesh Bhatt's same buliding. Let him argue on Twitter with other idiots.

    My late, great boss, Ravi Gupta, of Trikaya Grey and we all made her as Lakme woman in 1993/94 and projected her as Miss World.

    NRIs and diaspora contribute to 40% of market share of revenue and star struck!

    The fact is from 2004 to 2010 worldwide films share has gone down from 4% to 2% of world film revenue!

    I just wrote for a fun few scripts in 1996 and many said move to Hollywood.

    I also Javed Akhtar to stop being a poseur and ask his very son for ripping off films.

    I also ask all how Hollywood are launched tactics as they are sick and tired of IP infrigenment .
    Do read this:


    How to be a great Bollywood scriptwriter.

    I wrote it as humor but how true.

    http://www.sunilshibad.com/2010/10/how-to-be-great-bollywood-scriptwriter.html

    They hog 24/7/365 of media who are equally lazy and moral idiots.


    Sunil
  • Amit Joshi
    By
    Amit Joshi
    19.01.11 08:06 PM
    See Siddharth the thing is you need to cultivate a taste in audience, audience won't cultivate it self. And in absence of any such effort the audience sticks to age old taste which in Bollywood's case will be Entertainers with lots of rona dhona. And see what happens in Bollywood is that nobody is really interested in trying to take off beat movies in Mainstream. If you make Bhagatsingh try to portray Bhagat Singh as he was, don't try to add any masala otherwise nobody is gonna go to see it cause it'll end up as neither pure art movie nor pure entertainer. As far Hollywood is concerned as you mentioned for them quality of script matters much more than actors who gonna act in the movie, in India as long as you've huge star no matter how lame storyline you have, you'll get producers willing to put money in it and produce it. It's just blind faith and star power and although it's business it's really not very wise business cause the ratio of hit movies in Bollywood as you can see in past years has been really low. And as far business before art is concerned you need to know how to sell movie. For example Black Swan is pure art movie from any angle you look at it, not much of an entertainment value, but this movie has till date made 6 times of it's production cost. So don't say you've to put business before art, if you don't have art to sell art that's another problem which sadly our Bollywood has. And as you said you weren't aware of Udaan, that's was my exact point that audience have good movies given to them to watch but most of them don't even know that they exists cause they never take a little pain to find out about such films.
  • Siddharth
    By
    Siddharth
    18.01.11 09:24 PM
    Thanks for the comment Amit. You ve brought up a good point.

    But before I go any further on this. We are talking about well made movie or the movie which grossed up some mega millions.Because if you are saying that then its not necessary that well made movies will do good business(this happens in Hollywood too).Because when we are doing business then there has to be a process and formula , expertise in touching the nerves of people.Movies are for entertainment , if anybody wants to get informed , there are other mediums. Regarding movies like Udaan (even thou I didnt even knew about such a movie , I just know read the story line ) well before Udaan we had made movies on similar story line and we have made movie like those before in the past , whereas you cannot do that in this business ,Subject should be all the time be Unique , leave alone the publicity(not referring to "Sheela Ki Jawani") , we have made so many movies on Cricket , but its seems only one movie on cricket touched the masses (I dont have to mention the name here ;-) ).Unlike in Hollywood any movie is made a good solid analysis is done on the subject for AIS (Ass on Sit ) leave alone the storyboarding and all , so there are like 2 or 3 iteration are made through documents and storyboarding before real stuff is made.And regarding Singh is King(thou I kinda liked it there was some element of Innocence and bravery was involved ) and Dabaang(was all about Salman's Style and Muscles and Publicity of "RobinHood Pandey") , well Dabang only was able to fare in the first week only due to publicity , most of the films these days do business like this only and they dont want to take chances and why it should be its business before its art. Well if you are in the movie business you ve to do all such things , because people like to see some thing larger than life.There are so many subjects in this country which you can pick , there so many ancient , historical good thing happened , but tell me one thing Now! Hollywood is making a movie on Ramanujam , they have already were succusfull in Ghandhi , but you see they(Bollywood) made movie on Bhagat Singh and see what they did , no body bothred to watch only , but I am sure if Hollywood make such a movie it will be grossing millions.For example Watch Adam Sandlers movie its all simple subjects but see how good it is to watch so entertaining. And I am sure if Udaan was in Adam Sandler's hand it would be whole lot of different story.

    Anyways we have started doing it. We used to do it before , watch all Black and White movies Chalti ka naam Gaddi , All Guru Dutts movies , All old devaannad movies , that was the era when our literacy rate and the exposure towards modern day life was pretty less but , all those movies used to Gross and they were all Good entertaining Movies.

    If you are saying Audience is bad then you are limiting yourself as a story teller , because your story should be appeal to everybody thats the challenge and beauty of this profession.
  • Amit Joshi
    By
    Amit Joshi
    17.01.11 10:33 PM
    @Siddharth For sake of argument take box office collection of Udaan and Singh is King or Dabaang for that manner. Udaan is really wonderful movie given to Indian audience to watch. What happened it barely recovered it's cost and made some money. On percentage term its profit may look high but in actual term it isn't. Now take Singh is King somehow no story at all and it grossed over 68 cr just in India. Dabaang was better than it but it's story isn't some marvelous stuff and it went on to became 2nd highest movie in India BO history. So don't say that Indian audience can't be blamed or they'll only watch what is given to them.
  • Siddharth
    By
    Siddharth
    17.01.11 05:31 PM
    Indian Audience are not to be blamed , for they will only watch what , is given to them. There were few script writers in the past , its the link got broken somewhere
  • Sourav Roy
    By
    Sourav Roy
    16.01.11 06:30 PM
    @ The Sorcerer

    I totally agree with you. I being a writer myself, can understand what you have gone through.
  • The Sorcerer
    By
    The Sorcerer
    16.01.11 09:12 AM
    Its not just movies or serials. Writers in any field suffer the same problem. PC hardware reviewers (the genre of writer I belong to).

    Reviewers for magazines and websites don't get paid properly despite doing a lot of hardwork compared to the counterparts in the western region. Not only that, reviewers are looked down as another ways to get press coverage and they pay them for writing reviews in a colourful way. I didn't join any such tech review websites/magazines (and their testing methodology is as good as non-existant), that's why I ended up clearing my hall and using it to start my own Review site.

    As far as what the company head say, they always depend on review sites for feedback so that they can take it back to the Taiwan head- and they did do the same when I given a feedback for the hardware companies that I reviewed so far- and acted on it. But sadly, PR agencies don't know how review funda works and media companies take advantage of it.

    We're surrounded by spin doctors. You can be a good (famous is over-rated) writer if you're working in a company that caters such lot- or if its feasible to start your own.
  • Sharath Babu
    By
    Sharath Babu
    09.01.11 08:41 PM
    Great post buddy. I think Once Upon a Time in Mumbai protrayed the true side of Mumbai, again decision here is very subjective it would be nice if you give your views for claiming it to be pathetic buddy because my outlook might also be wrong na. No doubt that the other mentioned movies are pathetic :)
  • Amit Joshi
    By
    Amit Joshi
    08.01.11 06:54 PM
    Thanx to Saurav and Rajiv for appreciating my comment. I guess as far as open source ideology goes, the ever lingering question is that there are many people who create software, music or write articles, novels, poems for living. Now the question is that although people want all these things free as long as possible, we have to make sure that these creators/innovators do make a decent living and should be paid appropriately for their efforts. Knowledge I guess is meant to be accessible to all rather than free cause after all there should be some incentive for me to share my knowledge or creation with you. Means no body expects a teacher or professor to teach for free at institutions than why do we expect people to share knowledge for free on net??? And I guess people who do share information for free on net have one or other stable income source which makes it affordable for them to share it. Otherwise if your life depends on it, I don't think even you or me will be ready to give our creation for free to anyone.
  • Rajiv
    By
    Rajiv
    08.01.11 04:16 PM
    @Sourav Nice read, last time i heard about this was during 3 idiots controversy.I was aghast by the very basic changes that movie was built upon, it was completely different from the book. moreover Bhagat was sidelined as if he was nothing.
    @ amit, really the example you quoted, made me think a while, if i'm doing it right.
    @tina best of luck for ur career in mumbai :)
    thank you all
    cheers
    rajiv
    http://rrajiv.wordpress.com
  • Sourav Roy
    By
    Sourav Roy
    07.01.11 09:50 PM
    @ Nandita Prakash

    Thanks!

    @ TinaMina

    All the best! Do keep me posted...
  • Sourav Roy
    By
    Sourav Roy
    07.01.11 09:42 PM
    @ Amit Joshi

    Thanks for your comments. Your comment left me thinking...

    From a different perspective, I really don't see a need to have IP laws. I strongly believe in the Free and Open Source ideology and feel that knowledge is meant to be shared.

    Well, I don't believe in cops either but when there are thieves in a society, there automatically arises the need for cops and law. On the same note- to safe guard the interests of some genuine intellectuals, we need to have better laws!
  • TinaMina
    By
    TinaMina
    07.01.11 09:19 PM
    Thanks Sourav - will keep you posted with further developments.
  • nandita prakash
    By
    nandita prakash
    06.01.11 01:58 PM
    Thnx Buddy for such a useful post.
    i think the new generation is getting more intellectually inclined than the money makers in the industry. with some patience & time, the situation of writers will surely improve. gen x is definately going to have a better taste as far as films are concerned. but it will happen gradually.
    regards
  • Amit Joshi
    By
    Amit Joshi
    06.01.11 03:33 AM
    I guess Indian public as whole has never really cared about giving due credit to writers and to large extent any creative individual. Our Indian culture is filled with lots of folk songs and in case of most of the folk songs nobody even remembers that who wrote them in first place.

    And I guess since then nobody really gives a damn about what happens to lyricist, screenwriter and so on. All they want is a 2-3 hours filled with nonsense comedy, sexy female actor, macho male actor and if there are few kissing scenes it's icing on the cake.

    And the sad thing is that most of people don't give a damn about people getting their due recognition. Means for a small example how many of us will shamelessly copy and paste funny or normal quotes of someone for our Facebook status update without giving a due credit to their writers. I've even seen people passing someone else's poem on FB as their own and still being shamelessly while confronted about it.

    I guess new copyright law is really good for writers and lyricist, the real change in Industry will only happen when we as people will start respecting them and their work.
  • Sourav Roy
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    Sourav Roy
    05.01.11 09:49 PM
    @ TinaMina

    I understand your agony. We from the-NRI wish you a wonderful career in the new decade. Maybe the bill will get passed or some mutual compromise between the writers and the moneymakers will open gates for you... Let's hope for the best.

    I'll go first day first show when your script turns into a film. That's a promise!
  • TinaMina
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    TinaMina
    05.01.11 06:03 PM
    Your post really struck a chord with me. I am a closet Hindi movie script writer with over three completed scripts that I have written over the last decade. Recently when I moved to Mumbai thanks to my hubby's career I felt that the stars were alighning to make me fulfil my destiny of actually selling these scripts. The only problem is where do you start? There are no formal avenues of marketing your work and no guarentee that somebody will not just rip of your work and give you no credit. Unfortunately, this explains the dearth of well written scripts in Bollywood!
  • Sourav Roy
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    Sourav Roy
    05.01.11 05:50 PM
    @ Jassi

    I appreciate your claim- "The time to appreciate and reward writers (and lyricists) in the Indian film industry is long over due."

    In fact, Lata Mangeshkar and Rafi had a small controversy on a similar issue. Lata Mangeshkar, recognising Rafi's position by 1962-1963, had wanted him to back her in demanding a half-share from the 5 percent song royalty that the film's producer conceded to select composers. Lata's contention was that, there was no way producers and music directors could deny this singing duo, one-half share in that 5 percent song royalty to the composer. Rafi's stated that his claim on the film's maker ended with his being paid his agreed fee for the song.

    Lata viewed his stand as a stumbling block on the royalty issue. Lata said she would no longer sing with Rafi. Later, at the insistence of S. D. Burman, the two decided to reconcile and sing duets back again...

    If the same thing had happened now, maybe the story would have been entirely different :)
  • Sourav Roy
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    Sourav Roy
    05.01.11 05:38 PM
    @ Jassi

    Thanks for your valuable comment. I appreciate it :)

    Well, hope our writers get their due recognition...
  • Jassi
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    Jassi
    05.01.11 05:17 PM
    Great posting Sourav, and points well made. The time to appreciate and reward writers (and lyricists) in the Indian film industry is long over due. As a film journalist I've interviewed more actors, directors and producers than I care to remember. It's rare I get the opportunity to meet, let alone speak with a writer. They are sadly never considered part of the talent when the filmi bandwagon comes to town on a press junket. It's appalling - PRs in the UK always offer or at least try to get you in touch with the writer if requested. With Indian film companies it's like getting blood out of a stone trying to get hold of the writer - unless they are the director themsleves. Even then its likely the director has put his name to someone else's script. About time for this change. With people like Javed Akhtar and A R Rahman standing up to protect their creative rights, maybe the change isn't too far off.

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