Posts tagged ‘rewriting’


A brand new trailer of INGILI (Finger) is all set to be released on February 8th 2013 on TVM’s Filmee Udhares. This trailer will feature the promotional song, Ingili performed by Traphic Jam especially for the film. This song marks the band’s first song for any Dhivehi film. As for the new trailer, it looks terrific and is aimed at youth. I sincerely hope that this trailer will restore their faith in Dhivehi cinema. Fingers crossed.

In other news, the opening title sequence of INGILI was completed last night. CGI maestro, Ahmed Shinan was commissioned to do the task which director Ravee has already seen and concluded as simply awesome. I will get to see the sequence on Saturday.

Also staying with INGILI, producer Munavvaru and I will be having a meeting on Saturday with an important person who helped the production greatly to discuss the preparation of premiering INGILI. Most of the details are still under wraps so I won’t be talking much on this topic. But one thing I can reveal is this. A date has been set for the premiere. I will go more into the details once the date is made official with the release of the new trailer. What’s the point in talking about it afterwards, I guess.

I mentioned in my recent post, PILLOW TALK about my newest writing gig that was re-outlined with my wife, well, guess what? I have given it a working title as LOABEEGE AGU (Price of Love). Two days ago I have started rewriting it. I’ve already completed 18 scenes and the rewritten part looks rock solid than the draft.

Meanwhile the draft was based on a real incident which was witnessed by the producer who commissioned me to write it, the re-write has a similar plot but is based on an incident happened to a cousin of my wife. So the re-write is going to be very different. And oh that reminds me, I have a major scene to write. Please excuse me from this post, for now.



Last night my wife and I had the strangest of pillow talks. I discussed with her on my next writing gig. Now, does that kind of talk ever qualify as pillow talk? I guess a talk will always be a talk and when you are lying on a pillow talking, what else can it be called other than a pillow talk?

My next project actually is rewriting a draft screenplay written by Zareer, my writing partner and myself several years ago for a once very active studio, now a very dead volcano. For reasons I’m unaware of, they somehow failed to settle our payment. So this draft has been lying on the shelf collecting dust and spreading with cobwebs.

Then earlier this month Coco Hassan, a good friend of mine who’s a renowned cinematographer in the local film industry called me. He said a newbie producer was interested in producing a film and wanted to meet me on writing a screenplay. The very next day we met.

I mentioned to them about this draft which was loosely based on a real incident that my original client witnessed firsthand. Then they asked me if my original client would agree on the deal since it was loosely based on their story. To answer this issue, I return to my pillow talk once again.

A similar incident which was more related to the screen story of my draft actually happened to a cousin of my wife. And it happened quite recently and some part of it I have witnessed with my very own eyes. That’s why I asked my wife to relate everything she could recall of the incident including the background of everyone involved.

As I lay next to her holding her hand, when she began, all I had to do was close my eyes. The way my wife narrated the whole story was like watching a movie. When she was done, we both then discussed on molding the events in the draft to the events she had narrated. It was the most beautiful screenplay outlining I have ever done so far.

However, I knew something was not right when my wife was agreeing to whatever I was suggesting. She’s always on her critique mode whenever she deals with my screenplays. She’d cut it, dice it, mince it, grill it and burn it. But this time it wasn’t happening until the very climax. That’s when she pulled out her knife set at me. She disagreed to the ending. Then I asked her how she would want it. The ending she suggested was simply terrific. Then we both tweaked the ending here and there. After the whole session was over, she asked me the usual question, ‘buney?’ meaning ‘say it.’ And as usual I gave a kiss on her cheeks, a big squeeze and said, ‘Thanks honey!’