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The Indian Scene - An Introduction to Screenwriting in India

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23 Jun, 2021
23 Jun, 2021

Date and time
Wed, Jun 23, 2021, 5:30 PM IST

If you are considering a UK-India co-pro this panel is a must, or if you want to discover more about India's film world check this out.

About this event

Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival & BAFTA Present:

The Indian Scene - An Introduction to Screenwriting in India

India is one of the world's largest producers of cinema and yet little is known about its screenwriters, even though these talented makers often write for global online companies like Netflix and Amazon, as well as India's huge commercial film industries and its diverse regional language and indie scenes. This panel debate offers a fascinating insight into screenwriters and the screen writing scene in contemporary India, with leading and emerging writers from around India talking about their work, challenges and opportunities.

If you are considering an UK-India co-pro this panel is a must, or if you want to discover more about India's film world check this out.

Guest speakers include:

Chair : Richie Mehta (Netflix Delhi Crime series, Writer-Director )

Richie Mehta's first feature film, AMAL, starred Naseeruddin Shah, Roshan Seth, and Seema Biswas. The film won over 30 international awards, was nominated for 6 Genie awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay, and was named one of the top ten Canadian films of the decade by Playback Magazine. He directed I'LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN, a science-fiction drama starring Haley Joel Osment, Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell, and Victor Garber.

His feature film, SIDDHARTH, a Hindi-language film starring Rajesh Tailang and Tannishtha Chatterjee, premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Siddharth has received over 25 International Awards, and was shortlisted for best foreign language film at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards.

Richie's project, INDIA IN A DAY was a Google-produced crowd-sourced documentary tracking a day in the life of India, and executive produced by Ridley Scott.

Most recently Richie wrote and directed DELHI CRIME, a 7-part true-crime drama for Netflix. The series went on to win Best Drama Series at the International Emmy Awards in 2020.


Juhi Chaturvedi is an Indian screenwriter and advertising professional based in Mumbai. Chaturvedi has written scripts for Bollywood films Vicky Donor (2012) Piku (2015), October (2018) and Gulabo sitabo(2020).

Sudip Sharma is an Indian screenwriter who made his writing debut with the 2008 movie Superstar. Sudip has since worked on movies such as Players (2012), NH10 (2015) and Udta Punjab (2016). His 2019 release includes Sonchiriya.

Anjum Rajabali is a veteran Indian screenwriter and teacher. He has written films like Drohkaal (1994), Ghulam (1998), The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) and Raajneeti (2010). He is also known for his leadership and lobbying for the rights of Indian screenwriters, as a senior activist of the Screenwriters Association, India.

Anjali Menon is an Indian film director and screenwriter who predominantly works in Malayalam cinema. She made her directorial debut with the film Manjadikuru. She won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay (Dialogues) for Ustad Hotel at the 60th National Film Awards. She was one of the founding members of the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC), an organization that focuses on gender equality in the Malayalam film industry.

Arati Kadav made her cinematical debut as the writer and director of Cargo (2020). Before Cargo, she directed and co-wrote the short films: Time Machine(2014) and 55 KM / Sec(2020)

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