Anjum Rajabali

Anjum Rajabali has been a professional screenwriter since 1992, with films like Drohkaal, Ghulam, The Legend of Bhagat...

When stories meet: Rajneeti and the Mahabharata

When stories meet: Rajneeti and the Mahabharata

How do stories get created in dialogue with already existing stories? What is the creative license a writer allows himself? And how does the past play a powerful role in throwing light on our contemporary reality?

When you have a land with stories as old and powerful as ours, those stories keep coming back to impinge on our consciousness. The Mahabharata is certainly one of those stories which writers and storytellers have returned to, grappled with, dialogued with, interpreted and re-interpreted. The wonderful thing about oral tales is that they have inbuilt into their logic the idea that the stories will grow, morph, change given the time, context and inclination of the storyteller. In that sense, they constantly become contemporary stories, though they may be rooted in past tellings.

We are delighted to invite Anjum Rajabali - screenwriter, teacher & activist - to Mumbai Local. He will share with us his journey of writing the film Rajneeti, and the encounter with the Mahabharata that was an integral part of his process. In his telling, we will enter the relationship the storyteller feels free to have with the epic, where often unquestioned heroes like Arjun reveal their darker sides to speak to our contemporary reality.

Look forward to an evening where we journey with a writer through his process of allowing a story to emerge, guided by what he wants to say about politics, and by the insistent presence of an epic he has grown up with. See how stories create more stories that tell us powerful truths about ourselves.

Do join us on the 16th of February. And as always, a request - please send this email on to at least 5 of your friends who would be interested. Help us share these experiences!

@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm

Anjum Rajabali has been a professional screenwriter since 1992, with films like Drohkaal, Ghulam, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, and Raajneeti to his name.

For 12 years, he was the Honorary Head of the Screenplay Writing Department, which he designed and created, at FTII Pune, in 2004. Since 2006, he has been the Founder-Head of Screenwriting at Whistling Woods International, Mumbai. He regularly conducts screenwriting workshops and seminars in India and abroad.

Anjum is a senior activist of the Screenwriters Association, the union for writers.

Venues Dates Time
12-100 yrs
1 hr , 30 min
Entry free, on a first-come-first basis. Pre-register now to save your seat.