Movies


 

Produced Work


Film Festivals

International Film Festival of India, Goa, 2005
Kara Film Festival, Karachi, 2005
Osian's Cinefan, New Delhi, 2006
Sixth Annual IAAC Film Festival, NYC, 2006

Press

Man behind many caricatures - Ahmedabar Mirror
Return of the prodigal son -
The Telegraph
Mumbai Masala - India Today

Dubai Return (2005) directed by Aditya Bhattacharya

Starring - Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire), Divya Dutta, Vijay Maurya, Ritu Shivpuri and Razak Khan

Story by

...it’s poignant, yet hilarious.
— India Today

Log Line

Aftab Angrez (Irrfan Khan), a small time hood in a mid-level gang in 1980's Bombay, is exiled to Dubai to cool his heels after his maiden "hit." Ten years later, Aftab returns to Mumbai to discover that someone else was credited with the murder. Aftab begins an earnest attempt to prove that he did commit the crime. Dubai Return is a serio-comic tale about lost glory, what was once Bombay, and Biryani.
 

 
 

Johnny Gaddaar (2007) directed by Sriram Raghavan

Starring - Dharamendra, Neil Mukesh, Zakir Hussain, Vinay Pathak, and Rimi Sen.

Collabrative Writer

...a balanced, solid thriller.
— Access Bollywood

Log Line

Sheshadri, Shardul, Shiva, Prakash, and Vikram, five partners in crime, come across a once in a lifetime deal to buy an unnamed product for 2.5 Crore rupees ($4 million). Vikram decides to double cross his partners and steals the money. His actions spiral into a complex tale of betrayal, shattered dreams, and the small matter of murder(s).
 
 
Johnny Gaddaar translates to Johnny Traitor.

Johnny Gaddaar was remade in two South Indian languages: Malayalam as Unnam and in Telugu as Kamina.
 

 
 

It is really difficult to delineate what I did on Johnny Gaddaar, from here called Johnny. Sriram wrote Johnny, It was his script that was lying in his script vault for several years. Sriram and I collaborated on a few of his scripts earlier, so when he asked me to read Johnny and help him polish it, I gladly agreed. Our method was a bit unusual. We worked on late night phone calls: Sriram would go through his outline scene by scene, and I would interject with suggestions. We would often go down movie rabbit holes. Like so, "...you know this scene in that movie?...maybe we should go that route." These phone calls went on for hours. If my contribution to Johnny is distilled through screenwriting parlance, it would be called "character development." Sriram is a very good writer, but even good writers have blind spots; that's where a good collaborator comes in.

In Production


A Momentary Lapse of Reason (2018) directed by Aditya Bhattacharya

Starring - Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) and Lance Reddick (The Wire).

Script Editor + Additional Scenes by

 
Downtown LA: a young Indian billionaire's development dreams clash with the Russian mob and rogue LAPD. Abetted by a world-weary cop, he will spiral into revenge-hell and go from slacker-kid to man.
 

 
 

Spec Screenplays


The Bloody Mulligans

Patsy "Major" Mulligan, a career criminal, is unexpectedly acquitted on murder charges in the death of a police officer. When Major visits his estranged sister, Maggie, he discovers that someone else is living her life. Major's search for the real Maggie and his relationship with the fake one unfolds under the constant threat of police vengeance.

The Bloody Mulligans is a somber tale of redemption, irretrievable childhoods, and the innate nature of violence.
 
 

 
 

All About Hugh

An affable drunk is transported a year into future where he's living his dream life with his dream woman. When he's suddenly returned back to the present - all he has to do is find her and - you know - sober up.
 

 
 

Statement of Purpose

An unemployed underachiever makes a living writing statements of purpose for college applicants.
 

 
 
Movie writing is all about one thing… despair.
— Ernest Lehman
 

 
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