Workshop in Mumbai aims to create memorable character sketches

Feb 12, 2018, 12:24 IST | Sneha Kanchan

A Sizable chunk of us have Bollywood running through our veins, from dialogues and songs to vacation destinations. Raj and Simran became a textbook example of love while Mogambo's mention filled us with dread

Mogambo

A Sizable chunk of us have Bollywood running through our veins, from dialogues and songs to vacation destinations. Raj and Simran became a textbook example of love while Mogambo's mention filled us with dread.

Gabbar

"Even in this age of digital content and binge watching, a viewer goes back to a series for its characters. People take back Kattappa and Bahubali, Jon Snow and Cersei with them and that's what keeps them hooked," says Anand Sivakumaran. The writer-director with his workshop, Creating Memorable Characters, is looking to share his techniques and experiences with budding writers and filmmakers to teach them the skill of shaping characters that remain etched in the viewer's memory. Sivakumaran has written screenplays for movies like Kalyug and Nazar, and has conceptualised and written youth-centric shows like Mile Jab Hum Tum, Sadda Haq and The Buddy Project.

Anand Sivakumaran
Anand Sivakumaran

"My favourite characters are complex with multiple shades, like Game of Thrones's Tyrion Lannister or Raymond Reddington from The Blacklist. Their core [personality] isn't straightforward or easy to comprehend. Gabbar is an interesting villain but it's these grey ones that make for an exciting watch. Honing the character core will be at the centre of this workshop," he adds.

ON: February 17, 4 pm to 6 pm
AT: Todi Mills Social, Lower Parel.
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COST: Rs 400

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