Versatile mega-star Aamir Khan, ‘showman’ director Raju Hirani, and ace screenwriters Juhi (‘Piku’) Chaturvedi and Anjum Rajabali are on the jury for “Cinestaan India’s Storytellers Script Contest” helmed by the dynamic Rohit Khattar.
The best script will be awarded a prize of Rs 25 lakhs out of total cash prizes of Rs 50 lakhs. Some of the best scripts shall be curated to be part of the Cinestaan Script Bank, a treasure trove that studios & production Houses can delve into and then directly liaise with the aspiring writers, who often ?nd it almost-impossible to get their writing talents curated and converted into cinema. Talent-mentor Aamir Khan justified his latest mission. “I believe we have incredible talent in this country. However, that talent has been facing immense dif?culty in reaching the Indian ?lm industry. I feel that good writers don’t have enough opportunities and this is where this Storytellers Script contest will help tremendously.”
Now that Aamir’s latest movie ‘Secret Superstar’ has released to a fabulous audience response, this andar-ki-baat can now be revealed. Both the ‘Dangal’ hero and his savvy wife Kiran Rao were not too keen on Aamir playing the crassy-yet-hilarious music director Shakti Kumar’s pivotal character.
“That’s because Aamir was not sure how his ardent fans and audiences would react to his unconventional, wacko-weirdo character. So much so that the ‘perfectionist’ Khan even sportingly ‘auditioned’ for that freak-out comic sangeetkaar’s role,” disclosed debuting director Advait Chandan, who was very keen that ‘only Aamir’ should play that character.
Now that ‘Secret Superstar’ has released and Aamir’s antics has the cine-goers applauding and laughing heartily, due credit also goes to Advait for being adamant.