Sankalan has come up with a first of its kind initiative called ‘Ideas to Screen’ workshop, which is being held in Mumbai. Sankalan brings together Anurag Kashyap, Anjum Rajaballi and Sriram Raghavan to select and mentor fresh ideas from contestants into feature scripts over a period of nine months.
Sankalan is an initiative of Baiscope Entertainment, one of the first NGOs of and for the Indian entertainment industry with a vision to evolve an independent filmmakers’ movement in the country. This workshop will give an opportunity to writers to develop their projects with guidance from some of the reputed writers and directors in the business. These scripts will then be further developed and produced by Mahindra Media and Entertainment Business.
Sankalan is also organising a talent hunt, which began on May 19 and would continue till July 29. Contestants are required to send in their concepts for feature films, which include live action or animation. Twenty-four best entries would be selected for one to one pitching sessions with a panel comprising Mahindra, Baiscope Entertainment, writers and directors.
“Supporting Sankalan is our way of saying that the script comes first, second and third, and we, at Mahindra, intend to give scripts and script-writers the importance they deserve in order to create really good, entertaining and meaningful cinema,” said Andrey Purushottam, CEO, Mahindra Media and Entertainment Business.
According to writer and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, “This is the first time that a ‘Script Lab’ structure is being set up in India. Baiscope Entertainment has also factored in stipends for the finalists so that they can concentrate only on developing their scripts and their expenses are taken care of.”
“Sankalan is a very highly needed relationship between producers on one hand expecting good scripts and raw talent on the other hand wanting to develop their ideas into scripts which can be turned into films. All they need is a little push and mentoring. This will provide them that,” added writer Anjum Rajaballi.
Writer and filmmaker Sriram Raghavan said, “Hopefully, this initiative will help attract new ideas and writers. There must be so many people all over the country who have stories to tell, but perhaps don’t know how exactly to go about it. ‘Thelma and Louise’, ‘Rocky’, ‘Salaam Bombay’ and ‘Juno’ were scripts written by first time writers. So, I’m very optimistic.”