‘Theatre, cinema need new writers’


There is a need for new writers for theatre, television and cinema. This view was expressed by actor Vinay Pathak at a discussion on Indian theatre and cinema during the International film festival of India, 2012.
Pathak, who has acted in films such as 'Khosla Ka Ghosla' and 'Bheja Fry', said that today, film scripts are usually translations or adaptations of earlier literature or stories.
"Nothing new is being written," said Pathak and cited an example of how even today, many theatre plays are based on Shakespeare's work, to emphasize his point.
Known for his comic timing, Pathak said he had studied and practiced theatre in the United States and has now been involved in cinema for the past 10 years after he moved to Mumbai. He said Indian theatre was known for its dance drama and very few filmmakers in India such as Rajat Kapur and Naseeruddin Shah do both theatre and films together, as this was very difficult. [TOI]