Lyricist and script-writer Rajdweep from Assam won the fourth best award at the first edition of the Cinestaan India’s Storytellers Contest which was announced on Monday by actor Aamir Khan in Mumbai.
Khan was the jury member of the contest along with writer-director Rajkumar Hirani and screenwriters Anjum Rajabali and Juhi Chaturvedi.
“It’s a great moment for me to receive the award from none other than Aamir Khan. Prior to this, I have never been to Mumbai and I always believed that I will come to Mumbai when the city would call me. I’m happy that it happened that way,” said Rajdweep, who received an award of Rs 4 lakh.
The contest saw entries from more than 3,500 aspiring screenwriters from across India. The total prize amount was Rs 50 lakh.
Speaking about the response the contest received, Rohit Khattar, chairman of Cinestaan Digital said, “This year, the box office has shown that well-written films are getting the audiences back to the theaters. With this contest, we are trying to ensure that the film industry is never short on good writing or good writers and the spotlight is put on deserving talent through this contest and our Script Bank.”
The winners will also get an opportunity to pitch their scripts to studios and production houses.
Cinestaan India’s Storytellers Contest, launched by Cinestaan Digital, is India’s biggest script contest to date.
Apart from cash prizes worth Rs 50 lakh, some of the best scripts shall be included in the Cinestaan Script Bank – a treasure trove that studios and production houses can delve into and directly liaise with the selected writers, who often find it difficult to get their work across.
Rajdweep made his debut as a script-writer with ‘Khel – the Game’, an Assamese film by Ashok Kumar Bishoya in 2015. He has also penned a number of scripts for popular plays which have been staged across the state in various theatres.
He has written songs for Konkona Sensharma-directed ‘A Death in the Gunj’ and ‘Jagga Jasoos’ of Anurag Basu.