Over the years, several actors have explored different aspects of film-making such as production and direction. Now, many of them seem interested in trying their hand at writing. While some, such as Swara Bhaskar and Ranveer Singh, are working on scripts for the first time, Salman Khan is set to revisit the job after he wrote the story for Veer (2010). Currently, he is writing the sequel to Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kick (2014).
Meanwhile, a few actors such as Shah Rukh Khan, Ayushmann Khurrana and Bipasha Basu are concentrating on publishing books.
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Swara revealed to us that her story revolves around an intense love triangle. “I am trying to get it on the floors by the end of this year. So far, the response has been encouraging,” says Swara.
Ranveer, who worked as an advertising copywriter before venturing into films is reportedly working on a script that is based on an underdog’s journey.
While Ayushmann has written a book on his own journey in showbiz, Arya recently published a fiction novel about a youth and how he ruins his 15-year-old relationship. “I have always been interested in writing,” says Ayushmann, adding, “This book is based on my journey, and it includes my struggles and successes.”
Shah Rukh Khan, too, has spoken about writing a book about his journey in the industry. While veteran star Nasseruddin Shah has already published his autobiography (And Then One Day: A Memoir), Anupam Kher has penned a motivational book (The Best Thing About You is You). Bipasha Basu also plans to write a book on fitness and nutrition.
Producer Ramesh Taurani, who has hits like Race 2 (2013) and Phata Poster Nikhla Hero (2013) to his credit, points out several reasons for this trend. “Since actors have invested quite a few years in the industry, they are aware of the technicalities of script-writing. They know what it takes to make it interesting. Also, because they have contacts with people from the industry, it is easy for them to crack deals. Their fans will also look forward to their films,” he says.
Renowned ad copywriter Anuja Chauhan, who is also the author of Battle For Bittora — the book is being made into a film by producer Rhea Kapoor — feels “publishing houses like the idea of having a well-known celeb on the cover”. She adds, “Also, for a book to do really well, the author has to be really big.”