"Live Life, Exhale Cinema Was My Maxim" - Mahesh Bhatt On How To Pitch Your Story To Producers!

By Srikanth Kanchinadham. Posted on March 22, 2016

"First of all, there's no compass, there's no map. So anybody who sits on a platform and says this is how you should do it, kick him on his backside. Each one does it his own way," Mahesh Bhatt advises the newcomers in his signature unabashed, bold and straightforward way. One of the leading voices in Bollywood over the last 3 decades at least, he has always drawn extreme reactions to his work and comments, due to his upfront ways of saying things that he wants to say. Love him or hate him, you cannot be indifferent towards him or his work.

Though he made his debut with the Vinod Khanna starrer Lahoo Ke Do Rang, Bhatt gained initial recognition with Saaransh (1984) which featured a power packed performance by Anupam Kher. Bhatt's repertoire which boasts of films such as Arth (1982), Naam (1986), Daddy (1989), Kaash (1987), Tamanna (1997) and Zakhm (1998) have found the right mix of commercial and artistic sensibilities. As a producer, he's created a powerhouse that continues to churn out mainstream successes one after the other.

Having been on both sides of the game, he's best equipped to advice young writers on how to go about pitching their story ideas to producers. With Frame Your Idea, the leading industry event for writers to pitch their ideas to the biggest producers of Bollywood, just a few days away, here's Mr. Bhatt sharing tips with writers.

While talking about writing stories based on a structure you loved in another films, he says, "It's very difficult to create a good structure. But when you take a good structure from outside, you need to inhale it, to metabolize it. And then it'll have your own perfume on it. Just a cut & paste job won't do."

He also talks about writing personal experiences into stories. "I have sourced films from my own life, movies which came from my life burns and they're the ones that have made me a force to reckon with. Live life, exhale cinema was my maxim." Giving another immensely important piece of advice when it comes to narrating your script, he says further, "Whenever I'm discussing a script passionately, I always go to my memory bank and if I have a quote, say by Jean Renoir, I relate that quote to my understanding of my own life and I mix those two- the alien source and my understanding and I try and communicate what I mean to my associates."

The initiative Frame Your Idea (FYI) was launched last year with an intent to provide a platform to connect people who've stories & ideas with producers and film studios. The platform is open to anyone with an idea for a film or a TV or web series or even a video game. This year even filmmakers with ready films can pitch their projects to content buyers. If you haven't registered yet, make sure you do so now - register here.

This year's event will see the likes of Dharma Productions, Disney, Rajkumar Hirani Films, Kabir Khan Films, Balaji Motion Pictures, Drishyam Films, Fox Star Studios, ROMP, RSVP (Ronnie Screwvala), Salman Khan Films, Shemaroo Entertainment, Tips Industries, Trinity Pictures - Eros International Media & Viacom18 Motion Pictures who will be looking out for interesting stories, screenplays and ideas.

Jamuura is the official promotional partner with Frame Your Idea this year & we've got exciting tips from industry veterans on how to go about pitching your story. Make sure you follow the Frame Your Idea Facebook page for regular updates & interesting stuff around the event.

If you are an aspiring writer-director looking out for an opportunity to get your script or idea  funded, there could be no better opportunity than this year's edition of Frame Your Idea. And if you want to know how to make a successful pitch, then watch the below video in which Mahesh Bhatt share some valuable pointers on what makes for a good pitch. And when it comes an industry veteran like Bhatt, one surely must take note of the same.

So what are you waiting for? Watch these videos and get ready to give the pitch of a lifetime. Also, check out other FYI videos, where experts like Kabir Khan and Nikhil Advani would advise you on how to pitch your idea, here on Jamuura's YouTube channel.

The deadline ends on 27th March 2016. So rush in your entries now.


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