Film industry has huge dearth of scripts: Kabir Khan
Filmmaker Kabir Khan says despite having access to rich literature, the film industry fails to have good scripts because not enough writers are nurtured. In an interview in Mumbai, Kabir said, "We are still depending on the original scripts written by the writers we have. We have a huge dearth of scripts, dearth of material that can go on screen." Here's more.
Kabir believes enough adaptations are not happening in the industry
Kabir, who adapted Hussain Zaidi's book 'Mumbai Avengers' for his 2015 Saif Ali Khan-Katrina Kaif starrer 'Phantom', believes there are not enough adaptations happening in the industry. "In Hollywood, an A-list director is usually confused between ten scripts, as to which film he should do in a year. Here, we are dying to get that one script that excites us," he said.
Most of the times films are just proposals: Kabir
"We have to look into the quality in most of those films. Story is not really the backbone in most of those films. Most of the times a lot of those films are just proposals. Some actors come in together with a director trying to make a spectacle out of it," Kabir said. He was speaking on the sidelines of 'Word To Screen Market'.
Adapting a book into a film needs specialized skills: Kabir
Kabir says adapting a book into a film is a "huge process" and needs specialized skills to perform the task. "The process of taking it from the book and bringing it on screen is the responsibility of the industry. The industry needs to devote resources and finances in developing screenplay writers who have the ability to convert a book into a screenplay," he said.
Hollywood excels at adapting a book into a film: Kabir
"Conversion of a book into a screenplay is a huge process. One has to make sure it moves you on screen as it did while reading it on paper," Kabir said. "Hollywood is able to do it so well because they have a pool of screenplay writers who have that skill. The film industry should take charge of converting books into films," he added.