Monthly Archives: September 2018

SWA Elections 2018 – Results

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The 62nd Annual General Body – Election Meeting of the Screenwriters Association was held on September 30th 2018 (Sunday) at The Celebration Sports Club, Andheri (W), Mumbai.

The following are the results –

OFFICE BEARERS (All elected unopposed)

President: Robin Bhatt

Vice-President: Jyoti Kapoor

Vice President: Rajesh Dubey

General Secretary: Sunil Salgia

Joint Secretary: Atika Chohan

Joint Secretary: Debashish Irengbam

Treasurer: Dhananjay Kumar



Ishita Moitra

Richa Singh Gautam

Manisha Korde

Anjum Rajabali

Abhijeet Deshpande

Vinod Ranganath

Danish Javed

Shailendra Singh Sodhi

Satyam Tripathy

Suman Mukhopadhyay

Sridhar Rangaihn

Bikas Mishra

Sanjay Sharma

Deepak Venkateshan

Ghazala Nargis

Shahab Allahabadi

Manoj Hansraj

Shanti Bhushan

Suhana Bhatia

Sonal Ganatra

Manaswini Lata Ravindra



Ketki Pandit

Jagriti Thakur

Parakh Chouhan


Finalists of MPA-APSA Academy Film Fund


The list of Finalists of the MPA-APSA ‘Launch Your Script’ Program (supported by SWA) is now out. SWA had received an overwhelming response for this outreach program for script development, more than 600 entries to be precise. Out of these, 38 titles were shortlisted (based on One Page Synopsis) in the last week of July 2018, and asked to submit 8 Page Treatments, by September first week. These entries were then evaluated by by SWA’s esteemed panel of APSA members to be submitted to the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund 2018 – namely, Mr Rajit Kapur, Ms Leena Yadav, Mr Rajan Khosa, Mr Mayank Tewari, and Ms Meenakshi Shedde – who were members of our selection committee. 

The following are the Titles of the entries that were evaluated and shortlisted by them with due collaboration from them.

  1. Parakaya (by Islahuddin NS)
  2. Salsa (by Pankaj Nihalani)
  3. Yen Ken Prakaren (by Dinkar Sharma)
  4. Oh Carol (by Gayatri Sapru)
  5. Phurrr (by Anubhav Chopra)
  6. A Bihari in Paris/ Retrospective (by Kartikeya Sharma)
  7. 8 Days with a Militant (by Harshwardhan Patil)
  8. Freedom Flies (by Gaurav Saxena)
  9. Flowers in Autumn (by Omar Iyer)
  10. Beyond Virtual Reality (by Ritvik Kukreja)
  11. Undercurrent (by Christo Tomy)
  12. Typewriter (by Ravi Guria)

These entries will now be forwarded by our respective APSA panelists to compete in the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. We wish them all the best! The results of the LATC winner shall also be announced shortly via mail.

A warm note of thanks from our side to each one of you who participated in this initiative and helped make it such a success. We wish you the best in your creative journey as well with many more landmarks along the way.

Team SWA 

Rest In Peace, Kalpana Lajmi!

Kalpna Lajmi

Veteran writer-director Kalpana Lajmi (4 May 1954 – 23 September 2018) passed away in Mumbai due to kidney failure, an ailment she had been suffering from for some time prior to her death.

Unconventional and uncompromising, Lajmi was a noted film maker who focussed on projects with strong, women-oriented themes.  The subjects of her films were hard hitting, gritty and realistic and she can be rightly hailed as one of the trailblazers of parallel cinema.  She was the niece of Guru Dutt and was also related to Shyam Benegal, with whom she began her film career as assistant costume designer on his movie, ‘Bhumika.’

Kalpana Lajmi worked on a few select projects only during her short film career, most often as director. However, she is also credited with writing the scripts of ‘Ek Pal’, ‘Rudaali’ and ‘Daman’; the latter two went on to be strongly hailed by critics. Under her capable directorial guidance, two actresses went on to win the National Award for ‘Best Actress’; Dimple Kapadia for ‘Rudaali’ and Raveena Tandon for ‘Daman.’ Her last film was ‘Chingaar’ which she wrote, directed and produced.

Rudaali (1993)

Lajmi was said to be close to celebrated Assamese singer, Bhupen Hazarika, who composed the music for all her films. She had stated in an interview to a film magazine that her health started to decline after his death and that writing a memoir on him (Bhupen Hazarika: As I Knew Him) made her relive the trauma, which caused her health to decline even further.

The Screenwriters Association feels saddened by the demise of Kalpana Lajmi and prays for her
soul to rest in peace.
  • Punam Mohandas


Punam Mohandas is a journalist and author who is also a film buff, accomplished travel writer and an expert on South Asia. She also writes columns on film personalities. She has lived and worked in India, Dubai and Bangkok.

SWA’s 62nd Annual General Body Election Meeting

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The 62nd Annual General Body – Election Meeting of the Screenwriters Association will be held on September 30th 2018 (Sunday) at The Celebration Sports Club, Garden No: 5, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri (W), Mumbai – 400 053, starting at 10:00 AM.

NOTE: The Annual General Body Meeting and SWA Elections are open for 
Life, Regular and Associate members only.

 All Life, Regular and Associate members can vote via e-Voting (via smartphone and laptop) OR EVM (at the election venue).



  • A member shall first register for thee-Voting option and then cast the vote through a secured link received on his/her registered email ID and registered mobile phone number, on the day of the election.
  • Once a member has registered for e-Voting, s/he shall not be allowed to vote through EVM at the election venue. However, s/he is welcome to attend the AGM!
  • The timings for casting your vote through e-Voting shall be the same as EVM voting at the election venue, i.e. from 01:00 PM to 06:00 PM (on Sep 30th2018).
  • To register for e-Voting, SIGN IN to your SWA online account and find the ‘Register for e-Voting‘ tab in the dashboard. SIGN IN Link:
  • In case you don’t have a SWA online account, you can SIGN UP to create it, by entering your SWA Membership Number and receiving a link on your registered email ID and/or registered mobile phone number. SIGN UP Link:
  • Due to technical reasons, the tab ‘Register for e-Voting’ shall be available only till SEP 29th 2018, 5:00 PM SHARP. In case you’re unable to register for e-Voting by then, you can vote through EVM at the election venue.
(Write to OR call at +91 22 2673 3027 /+91 22 2673 3108 / +91 22 6692 2899 and speak with Mr. Sumant Prajapati for technical assistance with e-Voting.)


स्क्रीनराइटर्स एसोसिएशन की 62वीं एन्युअल जनरल बॉडी इलेक्शन मीटिंग 30 सितम्बर 2018 (रविवार) को सवेरे 10:00 बजे, सेलेब्रेशन स्पोर्ट्स क्लब, गार्डन नंबर: 5, लोखंडवाला कॉम्पलेक्स, अंधेरी (वैस्ट), मुम्बई – 400 053, पर सम्पन्न होगी।

सभी लाइफ़, रैग्यूलर और एसोसिएट मेंबर्स ई-वोटिंग (स्मार्टफ़ोन और लैपटॉप पर) या ईवीएम (चुनाव स्थल पर)  के ज़रिए अपना वोट दे सकते हैं।


(सिर्फ़ लाइफ़, रैग्यूलर और एसोसिएट मेंबर्स के लिए)

  • इच्छुक सदस्य को पहले ई-वोटिंग सुविधा के लिए रजिस्टर करना होगा, जिसके बाद उन्हें उनके रजिस्टर्ड ईमेल आइडी और रजिस्टर्ड मोबाइल नंबर पर वोट डालने के लिए एक लिंक भेजा जाएगा, जिसके ज़रिए, सदस्य इलेक्शन वाले दिन वोट डाल सकेंगे।
  • एक बार ई-वोटिंग के लिए रजिस्टर कर लेने पर आप चुनाव स्थल पर ईवीएम के ज़रिए वोट नहीं डाल सकेंगे। हालाँकि, एजीएम में आपका स्वागत रहेगा!
  • ई-वोटिंग और ईवीएम वोटिंग का समय एक ही रहेगा, यानी – दोपहर 01:00 बजे से शाम 06:00 बजे तक (30 सितम्बर 2018 को)।
  • वोटिंग के लिए रजिस्टर करने के लिए अपने एसडबल्यूए ऑनलाइन अकाउंट में SIGN IN करें और ‘रजिस्टर फ़ॉर ए-वोटिंग’ के टैब पर क्लिक करें। SIGN IN लिंक:
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  • तकनीकी कारणों के चलते, ‘रजिस्टर फ़ॉर ई-वोटिंग’ का टैब 29 सितम्बर 2018 (शनिवार), शाम 5:00 बजे तक ही सक्रिय रहेगा। यदि आप किन्हीं कारणवश ई-वोटिंग के लिए रजिस्टर नहीं कर पाते हैं तो आप चुनाव स्थल पर ईवीएम के ज़रिए वोट डाल सकेंगे।
(ई-वोटिंग के लिए तकनीकी सहायता के लिए पर ईमेल भेंजे या श्री सुमन्त प्रजापति को कॉल करें: +91 22 2673 3027 /+91 22 2673 3108 / +91 22 6692 2899)