Baahubali & RRR screenwriter V Vijayendra Prasad at IFFI 2022: 'I don’t write stories, I steal stories', READ
Popular screenwriter V Vijayendra Prasad has shared his tips on how his content and storytelling technique is different from his other contemporaries. Have a read on what he said.
The opening ceremony of the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was held in Goa on Sunday wherein we spotted several Bollywood stars in attendance including Ajay Devgn, Kartik Aaryan, Varun Dhawan, Sara Ali Khan, Paresh Rawal, and Suniel Shetty to name a few. On Monday, the screenwriter of films like Baahubali and RRR, V Vijayendra Prasad graced the event and highlighted his content creation and story-telling process.
V Vijayendra Prasad: 'I don’t write stories, I steal stories'
Speaking on the second day of the nine-day-long festival, Prasad said, “I don’t write stories, I steal stories. Stories are there around you, be it epics like Mahabharat, Ramayan, or real-life incidences, there are stories everywhere. You need to represent it in your unique style.”
For the unaware, V Vijayendra Prasad is a famed screenwriter of blockbuster films like Baahubali, RRR, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, and Magadheera.
He further opined that he always tries to create a hunger within the audience for his story.
“The pursuit to create hunger among the audience for your story kicks off creativity within you. I always try to create a hunger within the audience for my story and characters and that drives me to create something unique and appealing”, said the famous screenwriter.
He was addressing the film enthusiasts at a masterclass on the theme ‘The Master’s writing process’ on the sidelines of the 53rd International Film Festival of India in Goa on Monday, as reported by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
V Vijayendra Prasad recalls his experience of writing blockbusters like Baahubali and RRR
He went ahead and elaborated on his style of screenwriting. Prasad said, “I always think of a twist at the interval and organize the story accordingly. You have to create something out of nothing. You have to present a lie, which looks like the truth. A person who can tell a good lie can be a good storyteller.”
Recalling his experience of writing for the blockbusters like Baahubali and RRR, Prasad said, “I don’t write, I dictate stories. I have everything in my mind; the flow of the story, the characters, the twists”.
He later said that “one good writer should cater to the needs of the Director, Producer, Primary Protagonist and Audience.”
IFFI is scheduled to be held from November 20-November 28.