Hirani was interacting with the media at the announcement of the 2nd edition of Cinestaan Script Contest along with Anjum Rajabali and Juhi Chatuvedi on 22 October in Mumbai.
Hirani said Bollywood writers often tend to work on several scripts simultaneously as there is no guarantee which one will be backed by a production house.
“I think writers need to be respected a little more, financially. They are the foundation of every film. Unless you pay the writers, probably the maximum amount of money in your film, you won’t find good writers. It’s a big struggle for them.
“People here write four scripts at the same time because they aren’t sure which one will start and which one will work. You cannot write four scripts at the same time,” he said.
The “Sanju” director was speaking at the announcement for second edition of Cinestaan script contest. An initiative like this is extremely encouraging. I hope more people in the country write scripts, so that someday we have better cinema than we have today,” he said.
About Cinestaan Script Contenst, Hirani said, “First, I want to thank Rohit Khattar and Anjum Raajabali for having this initiative. For years, we as filmmakers have been trying to tell this to corporates and this is something that we are not equipped to do at an individual level and we really don’t know how to do it as filmmakers to go out and hunt for stories.”
Aamir Khan, Rajkumar Hirani, Juhi Chaturvedi and Anjum Rajabali, who were on the jury for the first edition, will continue in the same capacity for the second edition as well.