Written Off: The unappreciated work of Bollywood’s script supervisors ... a script supervisor’s role is critical to any well-crafted film. It is their responsibility to ensure that the film’s continuity is maintained—that visual details remain consistent across shots and over the length of the film. This is a complex task, because movies are seldom shot in the sequence in which they unfold on screen.
But this apparently hasn’t been a major concern to many Indian directors. “Continuity wasn’t regarded with any seriousness in our films, especially before the eighties,” [Mira] Nair said, adding that most directors “didn’t even know what it was.” The typical big-budget Bollywood potboiler has never been known for its careful attention to detail or commitment to realism. Most directors did not hire a specialist script supervisor. Instead, they delegated the work to a second assistant director—whose primary responsibilities are usually far more clerical, including distributing the daily call sheet and collecting daily reports from different departments. Sometimes, the work was pushed even further down the hierarchy, to the second assistant’s assistant. Bollywood history abounds with examples of sloppy continuity. An oft-cited example is the 1994 comedy Andaaz Apna Apna, which was shot over three years, and in which Salman Khan’s character sports different haircuts at different points in the film, recognisable from the other projects—Saajan and Hum Aapke Hain Koun—the actor was shooting at the time.
dancelover: Finished Madhu, thru the film he is working on today!
Mar 18, 2019 18:52:18 GMT
dancelover: Now working Madhu's lists
Jan 14, 2019 20:33:12 GMT
dancelover: Finished lists for Devika.
Jan 11, 2019 19:31:54 GMT
dancelover: beginning Devika, the Telugu-Tamil star.
Dec 31, 2018 14:29:32 GMT
dancelover: Now finished using a new website about Sivaji Ganesan to revise my jodi-lists for him.
Dec 26, 2018 19:50:24 GMT
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Nov 1, 2018 12:28:15 GMT
dancelover: I now have 5 of the 6, but The Kapoors is missing pages 327 through 350.
Sept 21, 2018 17:28:57 GMT
dancelover: Ordered 6 books from Amazon-linked stores. Dilip Kumar's autobiography arrived. Using it to x-check my records on him.
Sept 18, 2018 20:04:56 GMT
dancelover: Done Sukumari; now working K. R. Vijaya
Sept 11, 2018 20:48:59 GMT
dancelover: Finally completed Lists for Sukumari. Still must cross-reference.
Aug 22, 2018 14:43:14 GMT
dancelover: While still working Sukumari's lists, I have added several Malayalam writers and lyricists, and filled in much data for others.
Jul 16, 2018 13:59:04 GMT
dancelover: Still doing Sukumari; took time to add Malayalam writer Muttathu Varkey.
May 22, 2018 15:22:01 GMT
dancelover: Finished Girija; now working Sukumari (Malayalam actress).
Mar 26, 2018 15:12:18 GMT
dancelover: Now working Girija, a Telugu actress.
Mar 9, 2018 21:53:14 GMT
dancelover: Mona went on to be a Producer of TV. Sridevi worked for her at least once. IMO, Sri was indeed a Great Artist, and Mona was even Greater!
Feb 25, 2018 16:03:19 GMT