The fantastic mentors for first phase of rewrite: Anika Chohan, Gurvinder Singh, Tushar Paranjape and Ashish Mehta.

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     "An electrifying experience to be surrounded by such diverse talent.

Rewrite provided a safe space for the participants and mentors to have vulnerable discussions."

-Atika Chohan, Mentor for rewrite 1.1

"Young and mature talent came in here with diverse stories opening potential for new cinema. The residency brought the writers further and closer to core of their projects. The fluid and friendly atmosphere lent itself to worthwhile experience for all of us, both mentors and the writers."

-Gurvinder Singh, Mentor for rewrite 1.1


A biannual residency to help with your scripting at two different stages


Timeline for rewrite 1.2


Call for applications open:

12th June


Announcement of selected candidates: 5th August


Extended deadline:

16th July


Phase II residency dates:

24th August to 30th August.

Participants will be selected on the basis of merit. Parameters of judging are as follows





Progressive themes


New approach to writing


motivation to



Mentors / rewrite 1.2


Aastha Tiku

Aastha Tiku is the writer of the Vidya Balan starrer, SHERNI (2021). A film about tiger conservation and human-animal conflict, the film received rave reviews for its sensitive depiction of the subject in one of a kind ecological fiction genre. 

Aastha has an MA in Economics and an MA in Philosophy from Kings College London. She has worked in London, Delhi and Mumbai as part of a policy think-tank, a social impact organization, and a qualitative research firm. 

Currently based in Mumbai, Aastha is the co-founder of Critical Mass Films where she develops feature film projects.


Ajitpal Singh

Ajitpal Singh is a self-taught filmmaker living in Mumbai. His first feature film, Fire in the Mountains, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in the world cinema dramatic competition. Since then, the film has travelled to more than thirty festivals and won 13 awards. The film also got theatrical release across North America and Canada with great reviews.

His debut web series Tabbar premiered on Sony Liv in 2021, Tabbar has topped most of the Indian list of best series from 2021, and it was at number five in the Variety magazine’s list of best International series of 2021. Earlier, his short film Rammat Gammat won an award at the prestigious Oberhausen International Short film festival in 2018; the film was released on Mubi to a very positive response from the audience. Ajitpal was also part of Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab India in 2012. 


Bikas Mishra

Bikas Mishra is an award winning screenwriter-director known for his debut feature Chauranga that won Grand Jury
Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and was declared Best Indian Feature at Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) in 2014.

His short film "Naach Ganesh" (Dance of Ganesha) widely travelled to prestigious festivals, including Clermont Ferrand, Rotterdam, Busan and IFFLA.  

Bikas, currently a Global Media Makers (GMM) fellow of Film Independent, Los Angeles, is a recipient of the prestigious Hubert Bals Fund for his upcoming project. He is also an alumnus
of Berlinale ScriptStation and NFDC Screenwriters Lab. Bikas served on the Visionary Jury of Cannes Film Festival Critic's Week in 2012. Bikas is also a script mentor at NFDC Screenwriters' Lab.

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Ashish Mehta

Ashish Mehta is a screenwriter and story consultant. He is currently writing an untitled adaptation of The Turn of the Screw, with Shweta Tripathi attached as producer and actor. His recent projects include the forthcoming Amazon mystery-drama series Hush Hush directed by Tanuja Chandra, and an untitled horror feature by Bishal Dutta. He has worked for 8+ years as a script reader and story consultant, covering screenplays for Spec Scout, Slated, and RSVP/Ronnie Screwvala, among other clients in the US, UK, and India. He has also served as an Additional Producer for the critically acclaimed short film Sisak, directed by Faraz Arif Ansari.


Atika Chohan

Widely known for penning Bollywood’s most progressive, inclusive, and unflinching stories, screenwriter Atika Chohan won immense critical acclaim for co-writing Chapaak, a film based on the life of acid attack survivor, Laxmi. Her stellar work also includes ‘Margarita with a straw’ (2015)” ‘Waiting’ (2016) and ‘Guilty’ (2020) with MWAS bagging a National Award among many other laurels.

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Gurvinder Singh

Gurvinder Singh is an Indian film director. He is best known for his Punjabi language films Anhe Ghore Da Daan, and Chauthi Koot (The Fourth Direction) which premiered at Venice and Cannes Film Festival, respectively. His recent, Adh Chanani Raat, is the third film in his Punjabi-language trilogy. Gurvinder is an alumnus of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

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Tushar Paranjape

Tushar Paranjape is a screenwriting alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. His first feature film as a writer was the critically acclaimed Marathi film ‘Killa’ (The Fort) directed by Mr. Avinash Arun which had won the Crystal Bear award at Berlin International Film Festival (2014) and a national award for best Marathi film (2015). Tushar’s second feature film as a writer was the highly appreciated Hindi film ‘Chandigarh Karein Ashiqui’ (2021) directed by Mr. Abhishek Kapoor. Tushar was also the creative director of the Marathi feature film ‘Picasso’ (2020) directed by Mr. Abhijeet Warang which won the special mention at the national awards 2020. 

     "The space allowed for different writers to come together and find inspiration in each other's stories."

-Ashish Mehta, Mentor for rewrite 1.1



rewrite 1.1

Application process:

1. Fill out the application form          that includes:

     Logline (30 words)

     Short synopsis (300 words)

     Writer’s statement (500 words)

2. Share not more than two past works as a writer/ filmmaker.

3. Application Fee.

rewrite 1.2

Application process:

1. Fill out the application form             that includes:


     Short synopsis

     Beat Sheet

     Writer’s statement

     Long Synopsis (1500 words)              Screenplay (full/ first 25 pages) 

2. Not more than two past works as writer/ filmmaker. 

3. Application Fee.

*Complete screenplay is mandatory for final selection at rewrite 1.2.

Join as an Observer!

A chance for aspiring writers to observe the proceedings and learn from the various works in progress. 

As an observer, you will: 

  • Attend all group sessions on scriptwriting. 

  • Be a keen observer of the process of constant feedback and revisions that the writers and mentors go through. You need not have previous experience or ongoing work to attend.

  • Additionally, you reside at the venue and enjoy amazing food and stay!


Statement of purpose 

Link to past works (if any)

Application Fee.

"As an observer, I got to look at the whole picture by taking a step back without involving my personal biases. "

-Monica Gyamlani, Observer/rewrite 1.1


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Fee / Rewrite 1.2

Please Note:

There is an alteration to Course Fee for Phase II

From a one-time fee, we are moving towards "Pay What You Can" model. Once selected on the basis of your script, you will choose the amount you are able to pay. 

We Promise:

  • The amount you choose will include, expenses for boarding and lodging at the residency venue in Jaipur city, three veg meals a day of excellent quality, mentoring and operations fee.

  • Includes a well-maintained double occupancy room on a shared basis. Single room available on request at an additional fixed cost on the basis of availability. 

  • All participants enjoy equal privileges irrespective of their contribution.


  • Phase I and Phase II are independent of each other.

  • Travel and conveyance to and from the venue to be borne separately by participants.

Our Ask:

  • All works submitted should be registered.

  • Credit to rewrite residency and the mentors for each mentored script is mandatory.

  • Commitment to general sense of decorum during the stay. 




For any queries, please contact Team Ainak

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