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JAVED AKHTAR fits in with any generation - be it the young or the old. His versatility is amazing. His early scripts with Salim Khan made headlines. His lyrics fetched him accolades. He did not hesitate to pen lines for the Gen X (for example Viva).
His return to script writing with Lakshya revolving around a youngster who is unable to decide on what to do was filmed well by his son Farhan Akhtar. In the pipeline are lyrics for Swades, Kisna, The Rising and Yash Chopra's films (where Madanmohan's tunes are being used) At the same time he is busy taking up social issues. Since he is one of the illustrious script-writers in the Hindi film industry he shares what it needs to script stories...
Be passionate: Films should be an important part of your life. You should have a genuine interest in films and not treat cinema as the path to success.
Literary acumen: A knowledge of literature helps develop styles and skills.
Be a raconteur: A talent for telling stories, jokes and anecdotes to captivate the attention of the people is necessary.
Facility in language: A flair for writing, understanding of language, phonetics, style of talking of people enables easy scripting of lines.
Good sense of visual: Cinema is an audio-visual medium. So many things can be said through visuals. The writing should have a cinematic quality.
Perseverance: Writing is a lonely job. In other forms there is interaction and one gets immediate gratification. As a writer you should be able to face disappointment and continue, not lose self-esteem and display tenacity. Be focused, work on your craft and style and gradually things will come your way.
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