Hindi Cinema has a humongous fan following all over the world and among the many legendary actors, directors, musicians and comedians there have been some great and prolific screenplay writers who contributed tremendously in this success. Renowned screenplay writers like Vijay Tendulkar, Nasir Hussain, Satyajit Ray, Chetan Anand, Shyam Benegal, Ritwik Ghatak, Gulzar are few examples who were responsible for the growth of the Hindi Cinema.
For every budding screenplay writer it is important to know what kind of cinema is emerging currently in our country. Thus, the following list of screenplay writers can help a beginner to a great extent.
7. Anurag Kashyup
This famous director of the films like Black Friday, Dev D, Gulaal, Gangs of Wasseypur etc. also writes screenplays and has written for the Filmfare Award winning film Satya and the Academy Award nominated Canadian film Water. His films are realistic and with a strong theme; often due to its boldness get caught in the controversies. He is one of the most influential writer directors in India at the moment.
6. Vishal Bhardwaj
A film director, screenplay writer, producer, music composer Vishal Bhardwaj has written some commercially as well as critically famous films like Makdee, Maqbool, Omkara, Kaminey, Ishqiya, 7 Khoon Maaf, Dedh Ishqiya and others. In his major works he presents the Shakespearean tragedies in the Indian backdrop which makes it worth reading. His films are generally dark shaded, dealing with the violent side of human beings. One should read his screenplays to have an idea about how dark characters are build.
5. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Another ace screenplay writer and a brilliant filmmaker, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has a style of his own but as the essence of the story remains closely linked with the realityhe doesn’t find any difficulty in connecting with the audience. His most famous film Rang De Basanti gave him not only national but also international acclaim, as this film received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. He has written and directed critically approved film like Aks, Delhi-6, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
4. Rajkumar Hirani
When Rajkumar Hirani told everyone that ‘ALL ij WELL’ the entire country followed this motto. It was the impact of his recent film ‘3 idiots’ which well-deservingly became the highest grossing Hindi film of that year. A director and screenplay writer, Rajkumar Hirani has worked as a film editor as well. His Munna Bhai film series also gained success at large scale. The simplicity of his screenplays with credible characterisation, he gives his audience full entertainment and something to think about after leaving the theatre.
3. Vidhu Vinod Chopra
A film director, screenplay writer, producer, Vidhu Vinod Chopra has written and directed some great films like Khamosh, Parinda, 1942: A Love Story, Mission Kashmir, Parineeta, Ferrari Ki Sawaari and shares credit with Rajkumar Hirani for the Munna Bhai film series and 3 Idiots as well. All his films present a grand mixture, mixture of routine life and something heroic, of individuals like us and the society like the one we live in, of questions we rarely talk of and answers we rarely act upon. There is always an underlying theme in all his films which echoes the reality.
2. Prakash Jha
Known for his socio-political films, Prakash Jha is a writer-director-producer who has written path breaking films like Damul, Gangaajal, Apaharan, Raajneeti, Aarakshan, and Satyagraha. His films don’t only mirror the society but digs deeper in the social problems bringing the common man’s real world alive through the reel world. The screenplays of his films present the psychology of the entire social system which can help the budding writer to deal with such serious topics.
1. Javed Akhtar
A poet, lyricist and screenplay writer, Javeed Akhtar has given the Hindi cinema many tremendous and remarkable films, which has now become classics. He shares his achievements with writer Salim Khan till the year 1982. Every budding screenplay writer must go through his scripts like that of Zanjeer, Deewar, Sholay etc. as these has been the biggest hits of their time and are still accepted as masterpieces. It is his ability of being simple and yet being impactful, being subtle and majestic at the same time that makes his films a stunning success.