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Lekhak 2015


Lekhak 2015″ TV Scriptwriting WorkShop


Astute Forums  in association with  Film Writer Association (FWA) is organizing a TV Scriptwriting workshop called “Lekhak 2015”.

Our objective is to train and educate participants on foundations of developing &writing teleplays and also give them an opportunity to work in the professional world of Television.

Please visit our websites to know more about us:
Astute Forums –
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Workshop Outline

Participants will be trained on key elements required to write a teleplay through 4 days interactive workshop. All the TV script writing fundamentals will be taught by the main faculty – right from concept to story development till writing a scene with dialogues for a teleplay. The workshop will include screening of some noted/award winning TV serials where the main faculty will highlight the strength contained in the writing and practically explain the art of good writing. The workshop will also invite writers of some key TV serials as guest speakers who will talk on certain important topics of TV writing and will also interact with the participants through a formal session. The workshop will also include a session on the protection measures to be undertaken by the writers to safeguard their intellectual property and will also include points on other areas governing the TV writing profession. The workshop will run a writing competition where in the first ten winners get a chance to make a Pitch in front of leading Channels . This will give them an opportunity to take their first step into the professional world of television writing. All participants will also be issued a certificate recognizing their participation and the training obtained.

Workshop Fees & Inclusions / Workshop Venue

Rs. 10,000/- for General Participants
Rs. 8,000/- for members of  Film Writers’ Association
Following are included in the fees:
Buffet Lunch, Tea/Coffee with cookies (twice daily)
Writing Materials
Hotel Karl Residency, 36, Lallubhai Park Road, Andheri (W), Mumbai – 400 058., Tel: +91 22 4236 21 21 (Just within One Km from Andheri (W) Railway station)

Main Faculty

Shri. Vinod Ranganath

Profile Snapshot

Written close to 4000 episodes on television in the last 23 years

Prominent amongst them are: – Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi, Kittie Party, Swabhimaan, Sarkarr, Itihaas, Kituu Sab JantiHai, Laagi Tujh Se Lagan, Kya Hua Tera Vada, Sea Hawks, Saaya.

Currently on Air :- Mere Angne Mein on Star Plus
Key Feature Films written are:
Mast – Story, Screenplay & Dialogue (Directed by Ram Gopal Varma)
IshqVishq – Screenplay (Directed by Ken Ghosh)
Do Rahaein – Story & Screenplay (Directed by Lekh Tandon)
Vibhatsa – Screenplay (Directed by Jayaraj)
Khap – Story & Screenplay (Directed by Ajai Sinha)
Millenium Stars (Malayalam) – Screenplay (Directed by Jayaraj)

Visiting Faculty at prominent Film Schools such as FTII Pune & Whistling Woods, Mumbai

Proposed Guest Speaker

  1.  Copyright & benefits of being a FWA member – FWA Secretary, Shri. Kamlesh Pandey , FWA President, Shri Jalees Sherwani
  1.  Guest Speakers with Main Faculty includes:  Rajesh Dubey, Robin Bhat, Rajita Sharma & Zama Habib


For Registration fill in the last page of the Brochure / Call on +91 22 4236 5959/+91 9930 282 040, or email at

Need for Trained Television Writers

As per FICCI-KPMG Indian Media and Entertainment Industry Report 2015, Television has grown by 12.5% in 2012 over the year 2011. It is projected to grow by 13.5% in 2013 and is expected to achieve a growth rate of 102% by the year 2017 (over 2013 projected). Television is the biggest segment in the Indian Media and Entertainment Industry and is growing extremely fast. The total number of TV channels increased from 623 in 2011 to 845 in 2012 (source: FICCI-KPMG Indian Media and Entertainment Industry report 2013). Highest viewership share is still enjoyed by Hindi General Entertainment channels which was reported at 30% viewership share in 2012. Second highest viewership is enjoyed by Regional Entertainment channels which stand at 20% viewership share. Together they both account for 50% of the viewership share.(source: FICCI-KPMG).

Indian Media and Entertainment Industry report 2013). General Entertainment channels are content driven – Content as they say is ‘King’ and in Television the King is the WRITER!

Unlike feature films where a project is green lighted mostly when a star is signed on, in Television the projects get green lighted by a concept developed by a writer. The pitch session in a channel hence becomes extremely vital. Only a trained, experienced writer is able to pull off a pitch session in a satellite channel. Channels and Producers are always on a lookout for fresh new trained writers who can take an idea from the concept level and develop it into full-fledged proposals or expand an idea into 100-200 episodes story. Normally for every show of a daily soap there is a team of writers, namely, story writer, 2 teleplay writers and 2 dialogue writers. Currently there are approximately 60 daily soaps running on Hindi General Entertainment channels, which means, there is a current need of almost 300-350 writers for these daily soaps. Now to add to that – weekend show writers, kids channel writers, non-fiction series writers – the current need for writers can reach anywhere between 550-600 numbers. However, currently there are only a small number of core writers who can be called genuine professionals as they have been in the industry for a long period of time. Thus the majority of the writer population appears to be a floating population who may be novices and may largely be untrained. They lack basic training in writing fundamentals and are not prepared to face the demands of professional TV writing. Presence of large population of untrained writers are also due to lack of special institutes and organizations that could train students to become full time TV writers. Thus the need for trained TV writers who can not only fill the continuing gap that is being created by the untrained floating population of writers but to also fill the fresh positions that is being constantly created by the robust year-on-year growth witnessed in the Television Industry.

Thus the need for such workshops – Lekhak – 2015, to churn out trained fresh talented TV writers!

For Registration fill in the Registration Form / Call on +91 22 4236 5959/+91 9930 282 040, or email at

Day 1

Time Subject Topic Speaker
9:00 am to 9:30 am Registration
9:30 am to 9:45 am Introduction Speech About the workshop, speakers etc workshop Director






9:45 am to 11:30 am




Introduction to TV Writing

How is TV Different from films? How do TV

stories/ ideas differ Film? What constitutes a good idea/concept for TV? What is a concept/idea?




Main Faculty




Concept to Story Development


How is a concept/idea developed into a full fledged story? What elements are required in creating a good story? The Plot: its importance, twist in plots.




Main Faculty

11:30 am to 11:45 am Tea/ Coffee Break


11:45 am to 1:30 pm



Character  Development – Part 1


How to create interesting characters? What makes characters tick? Different kind of characters, the protagonist, subsidiary characters, relief characters.





Main Faculty

1:30 pm to 2:15 pm Lunch Break


2:15 pm to 3:30 pm


Character Development – Part 2


Exercise on Character Creation and the learning’s from the same


Main Faculty

3:30 pm to 3:45 pm Tea/ Coffee Break



3:45 pm to 5:00 pm




Graphing of a Story

Creation of mile stones/ plot point in the story. Running parallel tracks or subplots along with main story. Interweaving of subplots with mile stones of main story and plot points  



Main Faculty


End of Day 1



Lekhak 2015″ TV Scriptwriting WorkShop

Day 2








9:30 am to 11:15 am


Graphing of Story (contd.)



Topics to be continued from the previous day



Main Faculty

11:15am to 11:30 am Tea/Coffee Break


11:30 am to 1:15 pm



Elements of a Teleplay

What is a teleplay? How to weave story into an interesting teleplay? How is it different from Story? What is a sub plot? How is it important to the story and teleplay?  


Main Faculty




1:15 pm to 2:00 pm




Lunch Break



2:00 pm to 3:15 pm



Elements of an Episode

What constitutes episodic teleplay? Creating of parallel tracks and its importance in teleplay of episodes. How to create cliff hanger ends to episodes? Its importance.  


Main Faculty



3:15 pm to 3:30 pm



Tea/Coffee Break


3:30 pm to 5:00 pm


Teleplay Screening


Screening of some noted TV Serials for

Discussion/ explanation


Main Faculty


End of Day 2

For Registration fill in the Registration Form / Call on +91 22 4236 5959/

+91 9930 282 040, or email at

Download Registration Form


Dear FWA member

This is a programme that FWA unhesitatingly recommends for you.

Asia Society has announced its third season of the New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters. This edition’s theme is: MAKING HEROINE THE NEW HERO! NVFS is looking for scripts which are gender sensitive and driven by well-defined female characters.

For now, you have to submit a 3000-4500 word story, with the first three pages of the proposed script. More details available on the website.

Salient features of the fellowship

– No lien on your copyright or any other rights
– A fellowship stipend of Rs. 2, 00, 000/- to every selected writer
– Intensive mentoring over an 8-month period when you go from first draft of the story to final draft of the full script
– Two 5-day residential screenwriting workshops, with intensive feedback on the story, and on the step-outline from peers, mentors and advisors
– If the final scripts cut the grade, according to the advisors, then they promise to make some phone calls to fix pitching sessions for those writers with studios, producers and director.

For more information and clarification, please write to or to newvoicesfellowship@asiasociety. org

Their website:
We wish you all the best in your efforts.

Kamlesh Pandey
Hon. General Secretary




 Dear Members,

 The new fee structure and charges for registration as decided by the Executive Committee in its meeting dated April 25, 2015 are as follows:


                                                                   EXISTING FEES                                  NEW FEES

FELLOW ADMISSION FEE                        RS.  2,500/-                                           RS.  2,500/-

ASSOCIATE ADMISSION FEE                  RS.  2,500/-                                           RS.  3,700/-

REGULAR ADMISSION FEE                      RS.  2,500/-                                           RS.   4,700/-

LIFE ADMISSION FEE                                RS.10,000/-                                            RS.21,000/-

(The admission fee for FELLOW MEMBER  remain unchanged)


 When a Fellow Member upgrades to Associate member, he/she shall pay Rs.1000/- as upgradation fee and from Fellow or Associate to Regular shall be charged Rs.2000/- upgradation fee.

                                                                NEW REGISTRATION FEES

Registration in the office

                                       ng fee                                                                 New fee

Upto Five pages       Rs. 10/-                                              For the 1st page          Rs.20/-

Additional page        Rs.1/-                                                 Additional page        Rs.2/-

Per Song                    Rs. 10/-                                              Per Song                      Rs.15/-

Per Mukhada            Rs.5/-                                                 Per Mukhada              Rs.10/-

Registration on the website:-

 Upto Five pages       Rs. 25/-                                             For the 1st page            Rs.40/-

Additional page         Rs.1/-                                                Additional page           Rs.2/-

Per Song                     Rs. 25/-                                            Per Song                         Rs.40/-



Kamlesh Pandey

Hon. General Secretary