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SWA Awards 2020

Screenwriters Association announces nominees for Feature Films category

A jury comprising of eminent screenwriters selected five feature films under each of the sub-categories: Best Story, Best Screenplay, Best Dialogue and Best Debut Writer. Together, the nominations are divided among 10 Hindi language feature films released in 2019.

For the purpose of selection of nominees, the SWA Awards Committee accessed 167 of 223 Hindi language feature films released in theatres and on OTT platforms in 2019. A jury comprising of screenwriters such as Ashok Mishra, Atul Tiwari, Juhi Chaturvedi, Saket  Chaudhary, Urmi Juvekar, Vijay Krishna Acharya and Vinay Shukla watched films shortlisted by SWA’s Film Selection Committee and selected the nominees under each sub-category. The final winners will be announced in an online awards ceremony on September 27, 2020.

Nominees for Best Story are:

1.         Anubhav Sinha and Gaurav Solanki for Article 15

2.         Devanshu Singh and Satyanshu Singh for ChintuKa Birthday

3.         ReemaKagti and Zoya Akhtar for Gully Boy

4.         Abhishek Chaubey and Sudip Sharma for Sonchiriya

5.         Ivan Ayr for Soni

Nominees for Best Screenplay are:

1.         Anubhav Sinha and Gaurav Solanki for Article 15

2.         Niren Bhatt for Bala

3.         Devanshu Singh and Satyanshu Singh for ChintuKa Birthday

4.         ReemaKagti and Zoya Akhtar for Gully Boy

5.         VasanBala for MardKo Dard NahinHota

Nominees for Best Dialogue are:

1.         Anubhav Sinha and Gaurav Solanki for Article 15

2.         Niren Bhatt for Bala

3.         ReemaKagti and Zoya Akhtar for Gully Boy

4.         Ravinder Randhawa and SumitSaxena for Hamid

5.         Sudip Sharma for Sonchiriya

Nominees for Best Debut Writer are:

1.         Devanshu Singh and Satyanshu Singh for ChintuKa Birthday

2.         Sandeep Pandey for ChousarFirangi

3.         Ravinder Randhawa for Hamid

4.         AadishKeluskar for JaoonKahan Bata Ae Dil

5.         Ivan Ayr and Kislay for Soni

 Highlights

Congratulating the nominees, Sunil Salgia, General Secretary, SWA, said, “Filmmakers always say, ‘Without script there is no film’ or ‘the Script is King’. They are right. It is time to recognise the persons who lay the foundations of these kingdoms. Let them be centre-stage. They will cherish this award more than anything as it comes from their colleagues, their competitors, their critics and those who envy them yet love them. Writing a movie’s script is the most challenging craft, and the best deserves honours, irrespective of its commercial outcome.”

Anjum Rajabali, senior screenwriter, teacher and Spokesperson, SWA Film Awards, said, “Victor Hugo’s oft-quoted line says it perfectly: ‘There’s nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come.’ The time to celebrate the primacy of the script has arrived. The time to honour the writer is here. And what better way than for a writers’ association to do it. There’s no greater pride for a writer than to have her work endorsed by peers who understand writing.”

 All the nominees thanked the Screenwriters Association.

About SWA

The Screenwriters Association (formerly Film Writers’ Association) is a trade union of screenwriters and lyricists who write Films, TV and Digital Media in India. 

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