From A Participant To Mentor: Sharat Katariya On How The NFDC Screenwriter's Lab Helps Participants!

By Aditya Savnal. Posted on December 01, 2015

Director Sharat Katariya came into limelight earlier this year, with the release of his debut film, Dum Lagaa Ke Haisha. The film was warmly received at the box office where it struck a chord with the audiences due to its fresh writing, brilliant execution & fine performances.

Katariya's script for the film was part of the inaugural edition of the Romance Screenwriter's Lab at the NFDC Film Bazaar in 2014. The film eventually found its way into the hands of filmmaker Maneesh Sharma, who loved it & got Yash Raj Films to produce it.

And life came a full circle for Katariya, when he returned to the NFDC Romance Screenwriter's lab as a mentor at this years' edition. Besides writing Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Katariya has also written for films like Bheja Fry, 10ml Love & Titli.

We met Sharat at the recently concluded NFDC Film Bazaar where he spoke about his experience of mentoring scriptwriters and what he learnt from being a participant at the Bazaar. He also gave us an insight into the functioning of the lab & what the mentoring process was like.

Katariya said that being a mentor at this year's lab was his way of expressing his gratitude towards the labs which helped him write a better script and get it made into a feature film.

In Sharat's opinion, a screenwriting lab questions and tries to understand the writing processes, technique and content of the script with an intention to help the writers improve their script. Based on the feedback given by the mentors, the writers are then asked to rewrite their scripts.

He believes that continuous rewriting and developing the discipline to sit & write for at least a few hours a day is what is needed to help writers improve their writing process.

If you are working on a script & in two minds about applying to a script lab, then this is a video you need to watch.


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