Sunday, 29 June 2014 - 6:10am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Gone are the days when a hero or a heroine was enough to pull in the crowd. Today script is considered the hero of a film. No matter how big the stars are or how lavishly the film's made, if the story fails to grip the audience, it's a flop. There have been umpteen instances of big films biting the dust while small-budget films with a good story doing well. Here's presenting the wordsmiths who make all the difference to a film's outcome.

Rajat Arora: ' Filmein sirf teen cheezon ke wajah se chalti hain, entertainment, entertainment, entertainment..aur main entertainment hoon," this line from Dirty Picture had become the nation's collective catchline. Not just this, several dialogues from the film had caught the audience' fancy. And the man behind the dialogues, Rajat Arora catapulted to fame overnight. The writer who had come to Mumbai to become a film lyricist started his career as a co-writer in TV shows like CID and Aahat. He got his first break as a screenwriter with Bluffmaster. He went on to write the dialogue of several films and even scripted them. But it was with Dirty Picture, with which he also turned lyricist and Once Upon A Time In Mumbai that the writer got his due. He's just scripted the story and dialogue of Salman Khan's Kick and a Telugu film.

Sajid-Farhad: Writer duo Sajid-Farhad have penned several blockbuster comedy films like Bol Bachchan, Ready and Golmaal 3. Known for their witty one-liners and funny dialogue, Sajid-Farhad are considered the most bankable writers. The duo is now all set to make their directorial debut with Akshay Kumar starrer It's Entertainment. With Rajkumar Hirani as their inspiration, the duo is bound to go places. "Rajkumar Hirani comes up with a film that has comedy, drama, emotion and message… he comes up with a complete package. We hope even if we get 10 per cent of what he does with his film then we are winners. He is our idol," the pair is quoted to have said.

Habib Faisal: He started out as a writer with films like Salaam Namaste, that he co-wrote, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Ta Ra Rum Pum and Band Bajaa Baaraat. He, however, came into the limelight with his first directorial venture Do Dooni Chaar that starred the husband-wife duo Rishi Kapoor and Neetu together after more than two decades. It was also Neetu's comeback film. Dealing with the state of teachers in the country, the film was critically acclaimed for its "simplicity" and "grace". It also won the National Award for the Best Feature Film. His next directorial venture Ishaqzaade won positive reviews and was a commercial success too. Faisal is now gearing up for his next film Daawat-E-Ishq a romcom starring Parinieeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapoor. He is also scripting the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Fan.

Shagufta Rafiq: Shaguta's story can lend itself to a classic commerical potboiler. The lady who has written the screenplay and dialogues of 11 films including Murder 2, Jannat 2 (she penned the story also), Raaz - The Mystery Continues and Aashiqui 2 has had a rough beginning. Shagufta's foster mother was an actress in the 1950s. Her mother tried to groom her also into films but she wanted to be a writer. Having failed to get a stepping stone into the industry, Shagufta went to Dubai and became a bar dancer. After earning enough money she returned to India and met Mahesh Bhatt. The rest is history and after penning stories, the feisty writer is all set to turn director with an action-thriller.

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