Wonder why Indian screenwriters are considered lower-rung on ladder: Dinelaris
(Sourced from PTI)
Alexander Dinelaris, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Birdman, lamented the treatment meted out to writers in the Indian film industry and wondered why they are considered the lower rung on the ladder. Dinelaris is in Mumbai to attend the launch of actor Boman Irani's production banner, Irani MovieTone. He'll also conduct a day-long screenwriting workshop for budding writers, directors, and students of cinema. Read more.
"I am unfamiliar with Indian cinema and I am just learning. I am opening myself to find a bridge," said the writer. "My education on Indian cinema began with Boman. I did not know who he was and I had not seen his films. And at the same time I had not won anything or was not paid attention to either," Dinelaris added.
The 50-year-old scribe also said that he felt a connection with Boman's script. "We just connected on the story that he was writing. Here, the screenwriters are a little bit in lower packing order. That is just the way it is and I don't know why. I fell in love with his story and we just clicked immediately," Dinelaris said.
The duo met when Irani visited New York and they know each other for over six and a half years. Irani said they both have been friends since the day Dinelaris took him to a club in New York where writers and directors hang out.