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“Besharam was inspired by a personal incident”

Dialogue writer Rajeev Baranwal on his upcoming film Besharam


I belong to Dhanbad and knew I wanted to work in cinema since I was a child. My family was very supportive and, to satisfy them, I graduated in Chemistry with Honors. Then, I moved to Delhi to do my post-graduation in filmmaking. Since I had a talent for writing, I pursued it.

First Project

I began my career in the television industry and was doing all right but I wanted to write for films. I grew frustrated I wanted to move to Mumbai but something or the other kept holding me back. Then finally I got a chance to work on Mangal Pandey: The Rising as a production guy. My salary plummeted but I didn’t mind as I wanted the experience of writing in films.

Mumbai Calling

When I moved to Mumbai after Mangal Pandey… I landed a job with UTV’s television department. Once again, I was stuck with television. That’s when my struggle to work in cinema began. I got to work on a film called Satrangee Parachute, where I handled production and got my first real experience in filmmaking. Although the film didn’t do well, I learnt a lot from the experience.

An Incident

When I came to Mumbai, I bought a car and one fine day it got lost. I would follow every car that looked like mine as I felt compelled to find out what had happened to mine. To date, I do not possess a car and this whole incident made me write Besharam. When I narrated the story to a friend, he liked it and he suggested that I get a director to listen to the script. One day, this friend introduced me to Abhinav Kashyap, who instantly liked the script and asked me to write the screenplay.

On Besharam

I had no idea how to write a screenplay and Abhinav taught me screenplay as well as dialogue writing. As the story grew on us, we both thought Ranbir would be best suited to this role. I was surprised when Ranbir even agreed to do the film and the bonus was that Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh also feature in the film!

Dialogue Should Strike

Abhinav is a great writer and he taught me that dialogue plays a very important role in Hindi films. If the dialogue strikes a chord in the promos, it means you have connected well with the audience. So while writing Besharam, we wrote the dialogue according to Ranbir’s character. For instance, when he tells the girl, ‘Ekdum rabdi dikh rahi hain’.

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