The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (J&MC) organized a guest lecture on Screenplay Writing for Hindi Cinema. The lecture was delivered by renowned writer, lyricist and screenplay writer Mr. Ramkumar Singh. Mr. Singh has written the stories of films like Zed Plus (2014) and Sarkar 3 (2017), directed by Chadraprakash Dwivedi and Ram Gopal Verma, respectively. He has also written the lyrics of Avinash Das directed movie, Anarkali of Aarah (2017). The lecture was conducted on 27/02/2020 from 12:00PM to 2:00PM in room no. 28(2AB).
More than 104 students of BA(J&MC) and MA(J&MC) participated actively in the lecture. The lecture was started with the brief introduction about writing. The speaker then explained the various processes of constructing characters. He drew his examples from Ramayana and Mahabharata, and with the help of these two epics he established the importance of character building in any literary story or a film story. The speaker also talked about few books related to writing. Important books like Joseph Campbell’s “Hero with a Thousand Faces,” Joseph Vogler’s “The Writer’s Journey” and so on were mentioned and discussed.
Mr. Singh concluded the session by saying that the characters need to be motivated and there should be a catharsis in the life of the characters, whether it is Ramayana, Mahabharata, Sholay or any other story. He welcomed questions from students and a healthy interaction session took place in which students asked a good number of questions.
Prof. (Dr.) Amitabh Shrivastava, Dr. Rayaz Hassan, Dr. Subhash Kumar, Dr. Chandana Kumar, Dr. Avneesh Kumar, Dr. Vaishali Kapoor and other faculty members of the department also attended the lecture. The program was moderated by Ms. Yasshasvi Pandita, a student of BA(J&MC) IV semester. Vote of thanks was given by Dr. Lakhan Raghuvanshi.
Report by Mr. Rao Deerghayu, BA(J&MC)