GOA: Film Bazaar 2010’s Knowledge Series, organised by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), saw director Rajkumar Hirani and writer Abhijat Joshi talk about script writing.
Hirani and Joshi threw light on some homemade recipes and the dos and don’ts for script writing.
Hirani began the session by saying that the most important thing was to find a unique story idea. The duo said that anything that has been done before has absolutely no chance under their scrutiny. “No matter how clever the scene is – but if it even remotely seems done before then Raju rejects it,” said Joshi.
Hirani added, “We are going to be celebrating 100 years of cinema soon so whatever you do, you feel that it has been done before. However, if you strive hard you will find something unique.”
Some of the other points they touched upon were: Pick triggers from life, Make the film for yourself, Never Lock The Script, Don’t Discard Any Idea and Narrate your story to non-film people.
The concluded the session saying that the formula for a good script is – ‘Don’t Follow The Formula.’
“How are formulas made? They are made when someone makes a film and they see that it worked. So you may want to incorporate that idea in your film. But it may not work because by then the idea has lost its innocence,” said Joshi.
The duo also screened some of the scenes from Munnabhai MBBS and 3 Idiots and gave some insight on how the scenes were developed and how the idea for a particular scene was formed.