Directors pick the mighty pen, scriptwriters wonder why!
New Delhi: A war over words – that`s what it is between Bollywood directors and scriptwriters! Directors, tired of complaining about lack of good scriptwriters, are readily picking up the pen to script their own films, while scriptwriters crib about lack of opportunity and inadequate pay.
Directors like Aditya Chopra, Prakash Jha, Karan Johar, Ashutosh Gowariker, Imtiaz Ali and Farhan Akhtar are some of the directors who prefer writing their own scripts.
Adman-turned-movie director Abhinay Deo, who has helmed films like “Game” and the yet to release “Delhi Belly” – both based on someone else`s story, notes that the reason for directors to write is “a dearth of good writers”.
“The fact is that because of the dearth of writers, directors are taking to writing, and that is not the healthiest of things for the industry. But I won`t deny there are some directors like Ashutosh Gowariker, Rensil D`Silva, Mani Ratnam, who are fantastic at writing,” Deo told reporters.
If Deo blames the lack of writing talent in the country, other directors feel they can do complete justice to their film only when they write and direct it themselves.