Anjum Rajabali

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Anjum Rajabali
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at Gujarati Literature Festival, Ahmedabad, December 2016
Born (1958-08-07) 7 August 1958 (age 58)
Talaja
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Alma mater University of Pune
Occupation Scriptwriter, Actor
Years active 1994-present

Anjum Rajabali is a prolific Indian screenwriter. He has spent over 20 years in the Indian film industry with films like Drohkaal, Ghulam, The Legend of Bhagat Singh and Raajneeti to his credit. He is also known for his leadership and contribution to various writers’ rights initiatives in India, most notably recognized for lobbying with other prominent writers and activists for amendments in the Copyright Act in favour of writers. [1]

Career[edit]

He began his career in the film industry as an associate scriptwriter for the critically acclaimed Drohkaal (1994). In 1998, Anjum wrote the screenplay for the film China Gate along with writing the story and screenplay for the hit crime-thriller Ghulam, starring Aamir Khan and Rani Mukherji. In the following years, Anjum is credited with writing for prominent films across a variety of genres, including the action film Kachche Dhaage (1999), the drama Pukar (2000), the biographical film The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) and the horror Naina (2005). He was the script consultant on Prakash Jha’s crime-drama Apaharan (2005) and Anjum’s association with him extended for the next four successive films that Prakash Jha directed, with Anjum writing for Raajneeti (2010), Aarakshan (2011), Chakravyuh(2012) and his latest release Satyagraha (2013).[2]

He is the Head of Screenwriting at Whistling Woods as well as the Honorary Head of Screenplay Writing at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII),[3] a course that he founded in 2004. Apart from being a script consultant on several films, he also conducts coveted workshops, seminars and conferences on screenwriting that have helped writers in India and abroad. In mid-2014, he joined hands with Mumbai Mantra as Convenor for their new initiative, the Mumbai Mantra CineRise Screenwriting Programme - 100 Storytellers A Year - a detailed step-by-step process of nurturing screenwriting talent, planned with 8 defined stages[4] of creative intervention, which invited applications from enthusiastic and determined Indian screenwriters from any part of the world, including non-resident Indians and even those with mixed Indian parentage.[5]

As an active leading part of the 'Progressive Writers Group' (PWG) India, Anjum has been working tirelessly for improvements in writers’ rights in the Indian film industry. PWG has been steering the Film Writers Association (FWA) since 2008, with one consistent goal: Empower the writer. In these years, the FWA has become increasingly proactive and has lobbied together with noted writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar for amending the Copyright Act in favour of writers and has also fought several cases against producers to get justice for their members.[6] Under Anjum’s guidance, they have strengthened the Dispute Settlement Committee which protects exploited writers and have initiated negotiations with producers and broadcasters for a standard contract that would protect writers’ rights. For improved management and record-keeping, they have created a website where writers can conveniently register their work online. The PWG has also helped form a National Solidarity Front for Indian screenwriters and has made the FWA prominent on international screenwriting platforms.

Filmography[edit]

Writer[edit]

Year Film Notes
2013 Satyagraha
2012 Chakravyuh
2011 Aarakshan
2010 Raajneeti
2005 Apaharan Script consultant
2005 Naina
2002 The Legend of Bhagat Singh English Dialogue / Screenplay writer
2000 Pukar Dialogue / Screenplay writer
1999 Kachche Dhaage Screenplay / Story writer
1998 Ghulam
1998 China Gate Screenplay writer
1994 Drohkaal Associate script writer

Actor[edit]

Year Film Role
2014 Time Machine Chetan Kanodia (Older)
2011 Turning 30 David- Publisher
2008 Ghajini Dr. Debkumar Mitra
1996 Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love Madho singh

Producer[edit]

  • Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One (2010) (executive producer)

Thanks[edit]

  • Int. Cafe Night (2014) (Special thanks)
  • Hrid Majharey (2014) (Special thanks)
  • Rab da Vaasta... (2013) (Thanks)
  • Dum Maaro Dum (2011) (Acknowledgment)
  • Turning 30 (2011) (Acknowledgment)
  • Der Andher (2011) (Very special thanks)
  • Read My Silence (2011) (Special thanks)
  • Via Kargil (2011) (Special thanks)
  • Khakee (2004) (Acknowledgment - as Mr. Anjum Rajabali)
  • Sarfarosh (1999) (Grateful thanks - as Shri. Anjum Rajaballi)
  • Godmother (film) (1999) (Acknowledgment)

Miscellaneous Crew[edit]

  • Valmiki Ki Bandook (2010) (Script supervisor)

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