Indian Screenwriters Conference

Bollywood Star Aamir Khan inaugurated the 5th Indian Screenwriters Conference (ISC) at Mumbai on Wednesday. The Dangal actor gave great emphasis to the screenwriters, giving examples of how he chose his films based on a script or screenplay rather than a story. When the conversation veered towards how profitable a film can be based on a script, Aamir revealed that he took full responsibility for his films at the box office right from the script level. And that is why he doesn’t charge a single penny as a fee, but charges a substantial amount of the profits. But that percentage of profit also comes to him after the costs of all the people in the chain have been recovered, he explained.

“I don’t charge a single penny for a film…The producer, the financier, the distributed, the sub-distributed and the exhibitor all have to recover their costs and then what remains is the profit, out of which I charge my fee,” Aamir Khan said. Aamir Khan was in conversation with screenwriter and actor Anjum Rajabali at the inaugural season that was attended by over 800 writers from across India.

He explained that all his films — whether are Rs 300 crore ones or the Rs 95 crore ones like Reema Kagti’s Talaash that actually made a profit– are based on this business model of his. When actress Shabana Azmi, who was present at the conference, questioned Aamir on the profit margin and fee that some actors charge, Amir further explained, “I know of situations when actors charge upfront fees. When you are charging upfront fees you are loading the project and then on top of that again you are charging a percentage of profits whatever the share might be.”

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