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Anjum Rajabali

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Anjum Rajabali
Rajabali at Gujarat Literature Festival in Ahmedabad, December 2016.
Born (1958-08-07) 7 August 1958 (age 65)
Talaja, Gujarat, India
Alma materRashtriya Military School Belgaum University of Pune
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, actor
Years active1994–present

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.[1]


He did his schooling from Rashtriya Military School Belgaum and 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 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 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 workshops, seminars and conferences on screenwriting. In mid-2014, he joined with Mumbai Mantra as Convenor for their new initiative, the Mumbai Mantra CineRise Screenwriting Programme - 100 Storytellers A Year - a process of nurturing screenwriting talent, planned with 8 defined stages[4] of creative intervention, which invited applications from Indian screenwriters from any part of the world, including non-resident Indians and even those with mixed Indian parentage.[5]



Year Film Notes
2021 Toofan Story / Screenplay writer
2013 Satyagraha Screenplay writer
2012 Chakravyuh Screenplay writer
2011 Aarakshan Screenplay writer
2010 Raajneeti Screenplay writer
2005 Apaharan Script consultant
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

Script Consultant[edit]

Year Film Notes
2022 Anek Script Advisor
2020 Thappad Script Advisor
2019 Article 15 Script Advisor
2018 Mulk Script Advisor
2005 Apharan Script Advisor
2003 Gangaajal Script Advisor


Year Film Role
2018 Veere Di Wedding Kishan Puri
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


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


  • 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 (1999) (Acknowledgment)

Miscellaneous crew[edit]

  • Valmiki Ki Bandook (2010) (Script supervisor)
  • Mulk (2018) (Script supervisor)


  1. ^ "Prakash Jha felt he was married to Anjum Rajabali". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Anjum Rajabali working on a biopic". 12 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Faculty | Screenwriting". Whistling Woods. Archived from the original on 26 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  4. ^ http://www.mumbaimantra.com/about1.aspx
  5. ^ "Satyagraha writer Anjum Rajabali teams with Mumbai Mantra's new initiative : Bollywood News - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. 16 August 2014. Archived from the original on 17 August 2014.

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