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Here’s why good screenwriters are the need of the hour

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By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 26, 2017 1:20 pm A still from Newton

2017 has been full of ups and downs in Bollywood. A film might have had Bollywood’s biggest superstar playing the lead but that did not guarantee success at the box office. With films like Newton, Hindi Medium, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Bareilly Ki Barfi, Naam Shabana and Lipstick Under My Burkha leaving a mark at the box office, it was proven once again that content is king.

All these films have one thing in common – an interesting storyline. Over the years, there has been a dynamic change in the kind of Hindi films the audiences are consuming. With the popularity of streaming websites and global films on the rise, Indian audiences have got access to great content. The filmgoers are saturated with the routine commercial films and want more. They are looking for good content and gripping stories.

There was a time when writers were not receiving their rightful due both monetarily and in terms of recognition. This, in turn, affected the morale and motivation of several writers. Today, producers are willing to shell out much more for a good script. There is a hunt for good content in the industry today and thus a hunt for good screenwriters.

Commenting on the same, Anjum Rajabali stated, “The script is the heart and soul of a film. More often than not, factors such as direction, acting and music are played up a lot but we have to remember that the script is the basis of the film.”

Cinestaan has come up with India’s Story Tellers Contest that gives aspiring writers a platform to submit their synopsis of a script they have written or intend to write. Following a rigorous reading and assessment process, the shortlisted ones will be asked to submit a complete script. The final shortlisted writers will be invited to make pitch videos, which will receive online public voting. And, their shortlisted scripts will go to the jury where Aamir Khan, Rajkumar Hirani, Juhi Chaturvedi and Anjum Rajabali will assess and deliberate on who the five winners will be. The last date of submission is January 15, 2018. For more details, log on to http://scriptcontest.cinestaan.com/

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New Black Panther clip features stunning visuals and slick action

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Written by Kshitij Rawat | New Delhi | Published: December 26, 2017 12:21 pm Black Panther will release on February 16, 2018.

Black Panther will begin 2017 for Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the hype surrounding the film is rising. Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, whose real name is T’Challa, debuted in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War (fighting from Tony’s side) and even before the film was released, a standalone film on the character was announced.

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Marvel Studios have released a TV spot as part of promotion of the film. The short 30 second clip showcases a lot of action and the astonishing visual quality of the futuristic but fictional African country Wakanda that we also saw in the trailer. The action and CGI too look slick.

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This would be a crucial test for the young king and his alter-ego. For those who have read the comics, Killmonger is a deadly enemy and more than a match to Black Panther with his fighting skills. Assisting Killmonger is Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, a black-market dealer. As far as foes go, this duo is going to be more than a handful for Black Panther.

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Black Panther will release on February 16.

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