Mumbai Mantra|Sundance announces Screenwriters Lab 2013 selection

By NewsDesk • Published on March 11, 2013

Mumbai Mantra_sundanceMumbai Mantra|Sundance Institute Screenwriters’ Lab 2013 announced the eight fellows of the second edition of the lab on Sunday.

The creative advisers of the Lab are: Screenwriters Bill Wheeler (The Hoax, The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Anjum Rajabali (Ghulam, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Raajneeti), Malia Scotch Marmo (Hook, Jurrasic Park), Sabrina Dhawan (Monsoon Wedding, Kaminey, Ishqiya); BAFTA award winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia (The Warrior, Senna); Mexican screenwriter, director and film producer Carlos Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Solo Con Tu Pareja); Indian screenwriter and director Habib Faisal (Do Dooni Chaar, Ishaqzaade); writer-director Joshua Marston (The Forgiveness of Blood, Maria Full of Grace) and writer-producer Marti Noxon ( I Am Number Four, Fright Night).

Selected projects:

Betamax by Terrie Samundra

Betamax is set in the summer of 1976 in London on the brink of a youth uprising. The South Asian ghetto of Southall pulses with the sounds of dancehall, punk and bhangra. Gurmel, a Sikh cornershop owner, sets aside enough money to purchase a newly released Betamax camera.

Black Freedom by Nitin Kakkar

Black Freedom weaves together five stories by Saadat Hasan Manto, one of the most well-known and controversial authors of the twentieth century.

Delirium by Abhijit Mazumdar

Delirium is a story about six people: Maqsood, a young small time real estate broker; his younger brother Qalim, an office boy in a private bank; Mr. Rao, an elderly staunch Hindu, high-ranking officer in the same bank; Nafisa, a young social activist just arrived in Mumbai for research and Rao’s neighbor; Shinde, a corrupt cop who doesn’t hide his hatred for other religions. And a nameless weirdo who loves eating coins.

Forgiven by Neha Sinha

Forgiven, set in Kerala, is a tale about a disintegrated family that is forced to come together, revisit their past and find forgiveness.

Ink by Pratim D. Gupta

Shantilal, a weather reporter at an English newspaper in Kolkata and Sofia, the reigning box-office queen of the film industry come face-to-face . Their climactic rendezvous decides whether “the story of a lifetime” finds its way in ink on a newspaper page or changes both of their lives forever.

Television by Kavanjit Singh

Television is the story of Vijay, who is about to get married and start a new life; Ravi, who wants best for his three year-old son; and Malik, who is now retired and wants to live a peaceful life. Unforeseen circumstances have put these three men at crossroads.

The Music Teacher by Sarthak DasGupta

In The Music Teacher, the life of a small town music teacher takes a sharp turn when an estranged ex-student, now a celebrity in the city, comes to visit after several years. The teacher, now lovelorn, prepares to meet her, not knowing if she still bears the same feelings about him as she did those many years back.

Tribhanga by Renuka Shahane

Tribhanga is the story of three women, from three generations of a family: Nayan, Anu and Masha. Their lives overlap each other like concentric circles, each determining the shape of each other.

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