Friends, please do not be surprised to see ‘Screenwriters Association’ instead of your familiar ‘Film Writers’ Association’ on the letterhead because in its 60th year, keeping in mind the changing environment of the entertainment industry and the new challenges faced by the fraternity of us writers and lyricists, Film Writers’ Association has not only amended its Constitution but changed its name from Film Writers’ Association to ‘Screenwriters Association’ and the logo from ‘FWA’ to ‘SWA’.
You may wonder why.
Since long it has been felt that we must assess and re-evaluate ourselves to cope with the fast changing scenario of the Indian and International film, television and digital entertainment industry. We had to update the ways of working of the Association to face the new challenges of the media and entertainment industry. This meant not only amending the Constitution but changing the name too to include writers for television and digital media.
The industry is no more limited to ‘Film Writers’, TV writers outnumber film writers and writers for the digital media outnumber TV writers. The only thing which now common between them is the ‘screen’—from a cell phone to 70MM cinema screen, hence the name was changed to ‘Screenwriters Association’. The amendment of the Constitution involved documenting and double-checking the validity of all the proposals to amend clauses therein, doing independent research by scouring though the different relevant laws, like the Trade Union Act, the Bombay Shops and Establishment Act, Public Trust rules, etc., and consulting a legal experts. It took months of the time and effort of Executive Committee in general and the Constitution Amendment Sub-Committee in particular. Once the amended draft was ready, a Special General Body meeting was recommended by the Executive Committee.
So a Special General Body Meeting was called on Sunday, the 17th July 2016 at 11 AM at The Celebration Sports Club, Garden No: 5, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri (W), Mumbai – 400 053, strictly for Life and Regular members of FWA as required by the Constitution to review the amendments Clause by Clause, discuss, debate and assess, and then pass the new proposed amendments in the Constitution of the Association.
Finally the amended Constitution and the new name Screenwriters Association was approved unanimously by the members present at the Special General Body Meeting. The Registrar of Trade Union also gave its Certificate of Approval of the new name as well as the amended Constitution as recently as in August, 2016.
So in a way, it is a historic and proud moment for all of us that the 60th Annual General Body Election Meeting is being held under a new name Screenwriters Association and an amended Constitution.
The amended Constitution is available on the website. You are welcome to check it out here http://www.fwa.co.in/Constitution.php
or collect a copy from the office.
Under the amended Constitution, the strength of the Executive Committee has been increased to 31 members -7 Office Bearers+21 Regular members+3 Associate members.
The 60th Annual General Body Election Meeting of our beloved Association will be held on Sunday,
16th October 2016 at The Celebration Sports Club, Garden No:5, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri (W),
Mumbai – 400 053, starting at 10AM.
Any member who wishes to contest the election should send his/her nomination on the form enclosed herewith. A contestant can either contest for the post of any Office Bearer or for the post of Executive Committee.
The following procedure must be observed:
1. The Nomination Form duly filled in should reach the office on or before 6th October, 2016 and on or before
5.00 p.m. The last date for withdrawal of nomination is 8th October, 2016 on or before 5.00 p.m.
2. Only those members who have already paid their membership fees up to date or they are in arrears for not more than six months as per the constitution are eligible to vote or stand for election.
3. To contest for membership of the Executive Committee, a Regular/ Life member should have to her/ his credit at least three released feature films, with at least one in the last five years for Office Bearers (eight years for Executive Committee members) or 100 half-hour episodes or 25 one-hour episodes or their equivalent in terms of time, with at least 10 hours of programming in the last five years for Office Bearers (eight years for Executive Committee members) on TV or any new media, or 25 songs, with at least 10 in the last five years for Office Bearers (eight years for Executive Committee members) as per new amendments
4. The Executive Committee will now have 31 members including 21 Regular Members, 7 Office Bearers and 3 Associate members instead of 2, as per new amendments.
5. To stand for election for an Office Bearer’s post, a member will have to have served at least one full term as an ordinary member of the Executive Committee as per new amendments.
6. The member who is holding post of the Office Bearer for the last two terms will not be allowed to contest for the post of office bearer, but he/she can stand for the Executive Committee and will be eligible to contest as office bearer after a gap of the one term.
7. An SWA member who is already a member of the Executive Committee (or equivalent body) of any producers’ association or guild will not be eligible to contest for the post of Executive Committee member of SWA. (If, during his/her term as Executive Committee member or as Office Bearer, s/he were to become a member of the Executive Committee (or equivalent body) of any producers’ association or guild, then s/he will have to resign from her/ his position in the Executive Committee of SWA.
8. To contest for the seat of Associate Membership on the Executive Committee, a person should have been an Associate Member for at least one year, and her/ his subscription should not be in arrears for more than six months.
9. The election of three Associate members for the Executive Committee will take place separately on the same day. These members will be elected by Associate members only. The Associate members are not eligible to vote for Regular member’s Executive Committee and Office Bearers posts and vice-versa.
10. Nomination Forms are subject to scrutiny by the Scrutiny Committee.
11. The Scrutiny Committee can ask for the proof of eligibility.
1. To confirm the minutes of the last Annual General Body Meeting.
2. To adopt the report of the work done by the Association during the year.
3. To adopt the Audited statement of Accounts.
4. To appoint the Auditor and his remuneration.
5. To transact such other business as may be brought forward with the permission of the Chair.
6. To elect the new Executive Committee and the Office Bearers for the year 2016-2018.
Members desirous of raising any question in the General Body Meeting must send the Questionnaire to the office of Association by 6th October, 2016 on or before 5.00 p.m., failing which the member’s question shall not be entertained. Questions will be taken and answered at the AGM in the order they have been received at the FWA
The members must send their questions in writing with their membership number, and at the AGM, wait patiently for their turn to receive the answer by the relevant office bearer. Those who fail to send their questions in writing will also get their chance to ask their questions at the AGM, but only after the questions sent by members in advance have been answered.
Strict discipline, respect and politeness must prevail during the functioning of the AGM. Any effort to deliberately disrupt the AGM with unruly behavior and rabble-rousing will invite appropriate action sanctioned by the FWA Constitution.
Please note that admission is strictly for Life, Regular and Associate Members with Identity Cards only.
Please also note that the old membership cards of Film Writers Association will remain valid till they are replaced with the new membership card of ‘Screenwriters Association’ which is being designed.
MEMBERS SHOULD NOT BRING ANY RELATIVE OR GUEST WITH THEM.
MEETING WILL COMMENCE AT 10.00 A.M. SHARP.
Hon. General Secretary
HONORARY GENERAL SECRETARY’S REPORT FOR THE YEAR 2015-2016
To begin with, time to mourn and pay respect to our dear departed creative people belonging to every craft of film, television and theatre, as well as to the victims of national calamities, and pray for their souls to rest in peace.
Some of the celebrated names who had enriched the creative arts with their significant contribution and hence will be missed substantially are Mr. Ranjan Bose, Mr. Aadesh Shrivastava, Mr. Kapil Kumar, Mr. Suresh Chikle, Mr. Rajendra Kajal, Mr. Ravindra Jain. Mr. Vijay Rai, Mr. Madhusudan, Mr. Nida Fazli, Mr. Rajesh Shera, Mr. Haider Najmi Mr. Rajendra Artist Omi Sonik and Shahid Anwar.
Please do not be surprised to see ‘Screenwriters Association’ instead of your familiar ‘Film Writers’ Association’ on the letterhead because in its 60 year, keeping in mind the changing environment of the entertainment industry and the new challenges faced by the fraternity of us writers and lyricists, Film Writers’ Association has not only amended its Constitution but changed its name from Film Writers’ Association to ‘Screenwriters Association’ and the logo from ‘FWA’ to ‘SWA’.
You may wonder why.
Since long it has been felt that we must assess and re-evaluate ourselves to cope with the fast changing scenario of the Indian and International film, television and digital entertainment industry.
We had to update the ways of working of the Association to face the new challenges of the media and entertainment industry. This meant not only amending the Constitution but changing the name too to include writers for television and digital media. The industry is no more limited to ‘Film Writers’, TV writers outnumber film writers and writers for the digital media outnumber TV writers.
The only thing which now common between them is the ‘screen’- from a cell phone to 70MM cinema screen, hence the name was changed to ‘Screenwriters Association’. The amendment of the Constitution involved documenting and double-checking the validity of all the proposals to amend clauses therein, doing independent research by scouring though the different relevant laws, like the Trade Union Act, the Bombay Shops and Establishment Act, Public Trust rules, etc., and consulting a legal experts. It took months of the time and effort of Executive Committee in general and the Constitution Amendment Sub-Committee in particular. Once the amended draft was ready, a Special General Body meeting was recommended by the Executive Committee.
Hon. General Secretary
So a Special General Body Meeting was called on Sunday, the 17th July 2016 at 11 AM at
The Celebration Sports Club, Garden No: 5, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri (West),
Mumbai – 400 053, strictly for Life and Regular members of FWA as required by the Constitution to review the amendments Clause by Clause, discuss, debate and assess, and then pass the new proposed amendments in the Constitution of the Association.
Finally the amended Constitution and the new name Screenwriters Association was approved unanimously by the members present at the Special General Body Meeting. The Registrar of Trade Union also gave its Certificate of Approval of the new name as well as the amended Constitution as recently as in August, 2016.
So in a way, it is a historic and proud moment for all of us that the 60th Annual General Body Election Meeting of our beloved Association is being held under a new name Screenwriters Association, a new logo ‘SWA” and an amended Constitution. With its new name, new identity and amended Constitution, our Association is now poised for facing new challenges, conquering new horizons and achieving new heights.
SWA’S STRUGGLE FOR THE MINIMUM BASIC CONTRACT FOR SCREENWRITERS AND
When it comes to minimum basic remuneration for screenwriters and lyricists, the following lines by poet Rahat Indauri appear to apply perfectly to the producers and broadcasters:
‘Keemten kya hain hamaari unhe maalum nahi
Unki khwahish hai ki hum muft mein haasil ho jayen’
SWA’s fight for the rights, remuneration, respect and recognition of screenwriters and lyricists continues. Ever since the Copyright Amendment Bill 2012 was passed, the next goal for SWA was to get the Minimum Basic Contract for screenwriters and lyricists passed by the producers’ associations. As you know, the Federation of Western India Cine Employees, on behalf of its 22 affiliated association which include FWA, signs an MoU with the producers’ associations every five years to lay down the terms and conditions how the workers, technicians and artistes of the Mumbai film and TV industry are going to work. When the new MoU was due, SWA actively and aggressively pursued its agenda through negotiations with the
producers’ associations as well broadcasters with the result that for the first time in the history of the MoU, the Minimum Basic Contract for screenwriters and lyricists were made an integral part of the new MoU’s annexure. But the new MoU between the producers’ associations and the Federation of Western India Cine Employees is on hold, and hence, so is the Minimum Basic Contract between screenwriters/lyricists and producers because of the case filed by the producers in the Competition Commission of India against the Federation of Western India Cine Employees and its 22 affiliate associations of workers, technicians and artistes. The legal advisors of the Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees have advised us that until the matter in the Competition Commission of India is resolved, the MoU needs to be kept in abeyance.
However, at least for TV writers, I am informed by Vinod Ranganath that he and his team have negotiated and almost finalized a mutually agreed Minimum Basic Contract with the broadcasters which needs to be approved by the producers’ associations.
In the absence of the new MoU, to protect the rights and remuneration of screenwriters, the Federation of Western India Cine Employees has included the following safeguards:
1. Commencement & Pre-Production
Script Finalization: Intimation by writer to SWA.
It will be mandatory for the Editor to obtain NOC from Editors’ Association (AF&VE) before the completion and delivery of the final edit for Sound Mixing.
It will also be mandatory for the Sound Mixing Engineer to obtain an NOC from the Association of Sound Engineers(SAI) before delivery of the final mixed soundtrack of the Film.
Both SAI and AF&VE shall have to, in turn, obtain an NOC from FWICE before providing the said NOC to their respective members. FWICE will only provide an NOC after due inquiry and obtaining an NOC from its respective affiliates concerning the clearance of dues of its members. That means without the NOC of the FWICE,no film can be released, thus securing the rightfully due remuneration of our members. So if your final dues are balance and the film is on release, please inform FWA immediately.
The said Rules and Regulations are already and strictly in force from 01/06/2016.
Besides these safeguards, and to give a well-deserved break from the strenuous, unhealthy and physically and psychologically demanding shooting schedules, the Federation of Western India Cine Employees has made Contracts/Agreements mandatory for all skilled members, and at least one compulsory holiday every month on all national holidays and in the month when there is no national holiday, the second Sunday of the month will be a compulsory holiday for all the workers, technicians and artistes of the Mumbai film and TV industry.
UPDATE FROM THE SUB-COMMITTEES:
Chairman : Mr. Anjum Rajabali
Members: Vinod Ranganath, Mr. Saket Chaudhary, Mr. Rajesh Dubey, Ms. Rajita Sharma, Mr. Mayur Puri
The Legal Sub-Committee proposed SWA’s intervention in the case filed by the Indian Broadcasting Foundation, challenging the amendments to the Copyright Act. Having done this, several meetings with K. Law and the senior counselor followed. The case is still going on, with hardly any hearing having occurred.
Apart from that, the Sub-Committee was part of the Joint Action Committee (comprising of SWA and MCAI representatives) to decide joint action on legal conflicts dealing with copyright of lyricists, on a fee sharing basis.
Convener: Anjum Rajabali
This primarily involved processing the arduous application protocols for forming a Copyright Society.
We are at the final stages of that process.
It also regularly respond to doubts and queries from SWA members and members of other Writers
Associations, regarding the copyright law, even visiting Hyderabad to give a talk on it for the TCWA.
Essentially, all matters to do with Copyright at SWA were dealt with by this Sub-Committee.
Public Interface Sub-Committee
Chairperson: Anjum Rajabali
Convener: Sanyuktha Chawla-Shaikh
It has been essential for FWA to be represented fairly and appropriately in the public mind, especially via the mass media. For this purpose, this Sub-Committee was formed. In keeping with this aim, we wrote in the media, given interviews, organized round-table discussions with writers to highlight the screenwriters’ position, as well as the work that SWA does.
We also wrote to several media houses to ensure that writers’ names and credits get more prominence in their writing and reviews. Some of them have already begun to do so.
Every time that there was some controversy regarding writers, the media would approach us to comment and/or explain the matter, and we did do so diligently.
Constitution Amendment Sub-Committee
Chairman: Jalees Sherwani
Members: Anjum Rajabali, Rajesh Dubey, Danish Javed, Mayur Puri, Manisha Korde.
A long-standing task, the amendment of SWA’s Constitution was the arduous task. Apart from discussing and formulating proposed changes, it involved documenting and double-checking the validity of all the proposals to amend clauses therein. Also meant doing independent research by scouring through the different relevant laws, like Trade Union Act, the Bombay Shops and Establishment Act, Public Trust rules, etc. and consulting a lawyer. Finally in a Special General Body meeting held on July 17,2016, the amended
Constitution as well as the new name for the Association were by passed by the members present unanimously and the Registrar of the Trade Union gave its seal and Certificate of Approval on August 2016.
Convener: Danish Javed
Member: Anjum Rajabali
Pay scales, job descriptions, and generally the HR structure needs revamping and rationalization at the SWA office to move from a semi-adhoc culture to a more professional one.
In this direction, the Sub-Committee apprised themselves of the HR situation in the office, and engaged a professional to analyze, diagnose and formulate a more appropriate HR structure. It needed fairly arduous and long meetings with him to go over the entire HR situation in detail before arriving at a proposal.
One part of this process is complete; we need to now arrive at an HR policy.
Sub-Committee For Organising The 4th Indian Screenwriters Conference
4th Indian Screenwriters Conference
3rd and 4th August 2016
SO NEAR, SO FAR
DO OUR STORIES REFLECT INDIA’S REALITY?
Screenwriters conferences organized by the Association have proved to be an opportunity to discuss creative issues, initiate a dialogue between writers, producers and directors and also take up professional concerns regarding contracts, fees, copyright matters, and other problems faced by the film and TV writers.
The Fourth ISC was no different. It has proved to consolidate the position of screenwriters, not only within the industry but also in the eyes of the public. Writers emerged as creators who deserve respect and due credit! Our Association successfully projected itself as a mature union, with a clear vision, backed up with effort and passion. The proof of this was in the celebrated panelists and guests who participated, the invigorating discussions in each session, and the greatest proof was the number of attendees who filled the auditorium to its full capacity on the two days of the conference.
The theme chosen for the conference this time was – “Do our stories reflect India’s reality?” The idea was to introspect on our commitment as content creators and ask ourselves some tough questions – Does the world we are creating through our words, our works, actually exist or is it a contorted, distorted picture of today’s society? Was it entertainment or commerce which was leading this movement? Do we feel the need to be the chroniclers of our times? Several sessions were planned around this theme, and panelists were chosen keeping in mind who will give us an insightful take on the issue under discussion. At the same time ensuring that we bring various points of view together.
Day 1 started off with a welcome address by the Convener of 4ISC Committee, Preeti Mamgain, who then introduced the Joint Convener, Zama Habib and Co-Convener, Manisha Korde.
The conference began with an address by our Chief Guest, Mr Ashok Bajpai, the noted poet and essayist. Next, Mr P. Sainath, the acclaimed journalist, gave the keynote speech presenting his thoughtprovoking views. Both speakers received standing ovations from the attending delegates. General Secretary of SWA, Kamlesh Pandey, thanked the two luminaries on behalf of the Association.
The first session was “Changing Gender Equation In Film” included panelists Juhi Chaturvedi,
Sudip Sharma, Tushar Hiranandani and Swara Bhaskar. The session was moderated by Sanyuktha Chawla.
The discussion focused on the existing attitude in the Film Industry towards women dominated subjects for films.
The opening TV session was called “Serial Killers” The attending panelists were TV Channel heads
Gaurav Banerjee and Ravina Kohli and writers Purnendu Shekhar, Ved Raj and Zama Habib. The session was moderated by Saurabh Tewari and the discussion revolved around current TV content and the ways to improve the same.
The panel for “Writers & Producers: Partners Or Adversaries?” included film studio heads Ronnie Screwvala, Ritesh Sidhwani and Siddharth Roy Kapur. This session was moderated by Anjum Rajabali and it explored the existing equation between film writers and producers.
The day ended with a cultural programme “Dastangoi” performed by Fouzia and Fazal Rashid, who narrated two stories by Ismat Chugtai and Ashraf Subooni Dehlvi respectively.
Day 2 opened with the session “Writers’ Rights: Are Agents And Lawyers The Answer?” The session was moderated by Anjum Rajabali and the panelists were Sushrut Desai, Vinod Ranganath and Mr. Dutta Dave a representative of the talent agency Tulsea . The session focused on copyright issues faced by writers and their responsibility towards creating mutually beneficial equations with the makers.
Next session “Little Big Films” had on its panel film-makers Rajat Kapoor, Shonali Bose, Meghna Gulzar and veteran writer Ashoke Mishra. The discussion shed light on the current scope and future of small films that make big splashes. This session was moderated by film maker Neeraj Ghaywan.
“The Digital Explosion” was a session dedicated to understanding the new platform. The panellists included big players in the the digital media namely, Biswapati Sarkar, Varun Grover, Satya Raghavan, Chaitanya Chinchlikar and Nikhil Taneja. The moderator for this session was Manisha Korde.
The final session of the day, “The Business Of TV Writing” was moderated by Vinod Ranganath and attended by writer-producers Jayesh Patil, Shashi Mittal, Aatish Kapadia, Sonali Jaffar, Farhan Salaruddin and writer Raghuvir Shekhawat. The session explored a newer scheme of things emerging in the business of TV where many writers are turning producers.
The day ended on a high note with an Awards Ceremony, anchored by Rajesh Dubey, in which SWA honoured legends who have made great contributions to scripts and lyrics through their uniqueness and individuality, and become a source of inspiration for generation to come. These three unforgettable talents were Late Shri Vijay Anand, Shri Sharad Joshi and Shri Sahir Ludhianvi. The awards ceremony was graced by two veterans from the Industry – Rishi Kapoor and Javed Akhtar. Audio visual tributes to each of the legends were followed by the presentation of the award by Mr Kapoor. The same were received by Shri Vijay Anand and Shri Sharad Joshi’s families respectively. Shri Javed Akhtar gave a moving tribute to his close friend and senior Late Sahir Ludhianvi, and then received the award on his behalf.
With this the Fourth Screenwriters Conference came to a close. Finally there was a vote of thanks by the Vice President of SWA, Danish Javed, acknowledging the contribution of all those who worked tirelessly towards the success of this event including the 4ISC Organizing Committee, SWA’s Office Bearers and Executive Committee, Office Staff and well as the volunteers.
Sub-Committee for Events
1. Kavi-Goshti & Sheri-Nashist were organised every month from June 2015 , in which SWA members got a chance to recite their poetry in front of their peers. The President of the SWA, Jalees Sherwani and Vice President Danish Javed were moderated the event. This was the first of the many kavigoshtis and sheri-nashists that have been organised by the FWA for the last one year.
2. Lekhak 2015 – TV writing workshop, conducted by Mr. Vinod Ranganath 17th, 18th & 19th July, 2015:
A TV Scriptwriting workshop led by popular TV writer and Vice-President of the SWA, Vinod Ranganath, called “Lekhak 2015” was organized. Our objective was to train and educate participants on the foundations of developing & writing teleplays and also to give them an opportunity to work in the professional world of Television.
3. Workshop on Comedy Writing by Anavab Pal, who is an award-winning screenwriter of such acclaimed films s ‘Loins of Punjab Presents’ and ‘The President is Coming’. Organised by the SWA in association with Whistling Woods, on 8th & 9th August, 2015.
4. On 30th March – 3rd April , 2016, the SWA, in collaboration with Whistling Woods, organized a 5-Day screenwriting Workshop by Anjum Rajabali, with Jaideep Sahni (Chak De India), Sriram Raghavan (Badlapur), Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku, Vicky Donor), Himanshu Sharma (Tanu Weds Manu 1&2), Shridhar Raghavan (Dum Maro Dum), Varun Grover (Masaan), Sudip Sharma (NH-10), Navdeep Singh (Director: NH-10), Saiwyn Quadros (Neerja, Mary Kom) and Sanyuktha Chawla-Shaikh (Neerja).
5. We organized a felicitation of senior lyricist Shri Santosh Anand and an interaction with him on 23rd April, 2016, in the presence of renowned writers and lyricists like Shri Jalees Sherwani and Shri Danish Javed and screenwriter Kamlesh Pandey. Shri Santosh Anand has won the Filmfare Award twice and his place in the history of Hindi film music is assured by his songs which all of us remember: Main naabhoolunga, Megha re megha re and Muhabbathaikyacheez. The Vice President of the SWA Danish Javed, moderated the event.
The Members of The SWA Events Committee
Danish Javed (Chairman)
Mr. Jalees Sherwani (President)
Mr. Kamlesh Pandey (General Secretary)
Sub-Committees for Dispute Settlement
Dispute Settlement is one of the most important services that SWA provides to its Life, Regular and Associate members. This year, there were so many cases that we had top create not one but two Sub- Committees for Dispute Settlement.
Sub-Committee for Dispute Settlement Committee – A
During the year, the Dispute Settlement Committee received 58 cases of complaints and held 17 meetings. Under the Chairmanship Mr. Vinod Ranganath, Convener Ms. Preeti Mamgain, members: Mr. Mayur Puri, Mr. Manoj Hansraj, Mr. Sachin Darekar and ex-officios Hon. President Mr. Jalees Sherwani and Hon. General Secretary Mr. Kamlesh Pandey.
Cases settled: 6
Cases closed : 29
Cases forwarded to the FWICE for action: 02
Cases still pending for decision: 13
Case gone to the Courts : 02
Cases kept in abeyance: 6
DSC collected a total of Rs.8,10,000/- on behalf of its members.
Sub-Committee for Dispute Settlement Committee – B
During the year, the Dispute Settlement Committee received 36 cases of complaints and held 12 meetings. Under the Chairmanship Mr. Rajesh Dubey , Convener Ms . Pooja Varma, members: Mr. Danish Javed, Mr. Dhananjay Kumar, Ms. Manisha Korde and ex-officios Hon. President Mr. Jalees Sherwani and Hon. General Secretary Mr. Kamlesh Pandey.
Cases settled: 05
Cases closed : 10
Cases forwarded to the FWICE for action: 03
Cases still pending for decision: 18
DSC collected a total of Rs. 16,75,204/- on behalf of its members.
Sub-Committee for Welfare
The Welfare Committee, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Robin Bhatt and members Mr. Manoj Hansraj, Mr. Sachin Darekar, Mr. Sanjay Chhel, Dr. Sharad Shah, Ms. Nita Kriplani and exofficio Hon. President Mr. Jalees Sherwani and Hon. General Secretary Mr. Kamlesh Pandey, held regular meetings. Special mention must be made of Dr. Sharad Shah whose NGO contributed substantially in cash and kind. The benefits given are as follows: Medical Aid to 31 members Rs. 9,15,560/-
1. Mr. Tahir Warsi 32,500/- (medicines)
2. Mr. Anis Javed 50,000/- (Operation of Hip replacement)
3. Mr. Champak Banerjee 10,000/- (medicines)
4. Mr. Akhilesh Thakur 25,000/- (Eye Operation)
5. Mr. Shafiq Ahmed 2,700/- (Eye Test)
6. Mr. Kaliash Sharma 24,000/- (medicines)
7. Mr. Nasir Faraaz 50,000/- (operation)
8. Mr. SanamGhazipuri 12,500/- (medicines)
9. Mr. Thakur Tapasvi 50,000/- (Surgery)
10. Mr. Tarunava Datta 9,000/- (Treatment)
11. Mr. Nalin Varma 7,000/- (Treatment)
12. Mr. Abhilash 30,000/- (Cataract)
13. Mr. S.M. Farooque 6,000/- (Treatment)
14. Mr. Shafque Ansari 50,000/- (Treatment)
15. Mr. Jagmohan Kapoor 75,000/- (Ear Operation)
16. Ms. Manisha Gothwal 34,950/- (Operation)
17. Ms. Savita Bajaj 1,00,000/- (Operation)
18. Ms. Raheem Siddiqui 15,000/- (Cataract)
19. Mr. Khursheed Hallauri 15,000/- (Cataract)
20. Mr. Amitabh Ranjan 50,000/- (Treatment)
21. Mr. Santram 13,910/- (Treatment)
22. Mr. SurendraSagar 35,000/- (Treatment)
23. Mr. Sunil Hatwal 10,000/- (Treatment)
24. Mr. Harbans Singh 30,000/- (Cataract)
25. Mr. S. K.Chauhan 50,000/- (Operation)
26. Mr. Anoop Shrivastava 10,000/- (Medicines)
27. Mr. Manohar Singh 50,000/- (Cancer treatment)
28. Mr. Dilip Singh 4,000/- (Medicines)
29. Mr. Radhe S. Mishra 4,000/- (Medicines)
30. Mr. Vishwa Bhanu 30,000/- (Operation)
31. Mr. M.S. Dilbar 30,000/- (Treatment)
Education Fund to the children of 11 members Rs.3,72,650/-
Mr. Dilip Singh Gautam Rs .55,000/-
Mr. Asif Zaidi Rs. 40,000/-
Mr. Baldev Prasad Rs. 40,750/-
Mr. Jeetendra Suman Rs. 53,900/-
Mr. Sridhar Shetty Rs. 25,400/-
Mr. Mahesh Kumar Jha Rs. 51,000/-
Mr. Shafiq Ahmed Rs. 17,200/-
Mr. Irshad Dalal Rs. 15,000/-
Mr. Rahi Matwala Rs. 17,200/-
Mr. Vishwanath Das Rs. 17,200/-
Mr. Kaniz Bano Rs. 40,000/-
Total 21 members are receiving the pension regularly.
The Total Pension Amount disbursed Rs.4,09,500/- to FWA members:
1. Mr. Balkishan Mauj 2. Mr. Datta Keshav Kulkarni
3. Mr. Inayat Akhtar 4. Mr. Haij Usman Tilhari
5. Mr. Shabab Alawalpuri 6. Mr. Payam Saeedi 27
7. Mr. Pushpalata L. Anand 8. Mr. Jalil Bazidpuri
9. Mr. Sanam Ghzipuri 10. Ms. Savita Bajaj
11. Mr. Ali Mahmood 12. Mr. K. Azad Rehber
13. Mr. Daroga Ram Kaushal 14. Mr. Nawal Kumar Pyasa
15. Mr. O.P. Chopra 16. Mr. Pawan Kumar
17. Mr. Rajjan Thakur 18. Mr. Tripathi Gopal Tulsi
19. Mr. Arshad Meenanagri 20. Mr. Zafar Gorakhpuri
21. Mr. Ashok B. Gite
Website Annual Report July ‘15 – Aug ‘16
SWA’s Website www.fwa.co.in was opened on 20th June 2014. During first year itself the site exceeded expectations with regards to business and traffic.
The report for 2014-15 can be accessed here –
In the second year 2015-16, we have achieved more than 100% business growth and 150% readership.
The report can be accessed here..
1000-1200 Scripts are registered per month (as against 600-800 of 2014) amounting to a collection of more than a lakh per month (as against 50k-60K of 2014-15). 3145 Members have registered approx. 20000 Scripts online till now and 700+ members have renewed their memberships online. The total revenue for the current year has crossed Rs. 10 lakhs (against 5 Lakhs previous year). If we add the revenue received through registrations for ISC4 then this figure exceeds 17 lakhs and if we also account for donations received online through our SOS and other such initiatives, we almost touch the coveted 2 million mark.
Besides business, Website comes as a handy convenience to Writers who are living in far flung towns and TV Writers who need to register their submissions at odd hours or delegates who wish to enrol for certain event. More than 500 members/non-members (approx. 80% of the total delegates) registered online for ISC 4 at the comforts of their own places. This nullified delegates’ hassles and also reduced the staff workload who are often overwhelmed by the crowd turning up at the venue almost same time.
Besides business, registration and information, members and others also look forward to the website for knowledge, entertainment and sharing their own creations. Articles of General Interestto Writers are published regularly. Case studies explaining a certain aspect of Screenwriting, Write-up on famous writer whose anniversary falls on the date, Interviews of Writers/Filmmakers, News from TV/Regional Cinema, Film Reviews from Writer’s PoV, News about SWA / Writing related events/workshops notices are published regularly. Recently an article on Sairatsaw 8000 hits within 24 hours. Now we are able to share Videos of all SWA Events through the Website and YouTube. Members who miss an event or live outside Mumbai are finding this very useful. Videos / articles from ISC 4 are a big hit with our online visitors.
Our average visitor spends 7 min or views 5-6 pages per session, means the website attracts 3000-4000 min of focused attention of the audience on any ordinary day.
The number of such sessions till the date has now crossed 2.5 lakh with cumulative page views of 8 lakh; with at least 1.5 lakh unique visitors accessing our site.
Members’ Contributions feature of the Website provides platform to our Writers for sharing their creations. Till now we have a bank of over 225 contributions from our Members. Recently we have also implemented a software to sync both online and offline system. Earlier the office database and online (website) database were different and independent but after the sync operation both the databases run in tandem. So any change done online is automatically updated offline and vice-versa.
Goals are set and achieved in phases. After Phase 2 of Syncing two systems, in the Third Phase, we look forward to making the website device portable, so that members can access it from Laptops, Desktops, Mobiles, Tablets anything they want. This also means a complete makeover for the site i.e. Redesign. Offering Memberships online is also proposed.
SWA Executive Committee Attendance Record
During this year, i.e. 27th July 2015 to 27th August 2016, the Executive Committee had 18 meeting and the attendance is as follows;-
Mr. Jalees Sherwani (16) Mr. Danish Javed (15) Mr. Vinod Ranganath (8)
Mr. Kamlesh Pandey (13) Ms. Preeti Mamgain (5) Ms. Manisha Korde (12)
Mr. Zaman Habib (15) Mr. Abhijeet Deshpande (13) Mr. Anjum Rajabali (12)
Mr. Dhananjay Kumar (14) Mr. Manoj Hansraj (16) Ms. Manisha Singh (0)
Mr. Mayur Puri (7) Ms. Rajashree (14) Mr. Rajesh Dubey (12)
Ms. Rajita Sharma (0) Mr. Robin Bhatt (11) Mr. Sachin Darekar (6)
Mr. Saket Chaudhary (2) Mr. Sanjay Chhel (4) Dr. Sharad Shah (7)
Ms. Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh (9) Ms. Nita Kriplani (15) Ms. PoojaVarma (6)
The Complete Annual General Book alongwith all the associated reports is sent to all members by post and is also available here if you wish to download.
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