Feature Film: MANN, by Johnny Aangraj

A4ba1f0ba0 posterOne liner- This is a story about a writer and his journey of how he wins over his three layers of soul- Mind, Intellect and Ego(Ego- character of Ritesh himself), to make a film on his own written story. So the story is about the conflict between MIND (MANN), INTELLECT (BUDDHI) and EGO(AHANKAR).
भूमिरापोऽनलो वायुः खं मनो बुद्धिरेव च ।
अहङ्‍कार इतीयं मे भिन्ना प्रकृतिरष्टधा ॥
अपरेयमितस्त्वन्यां प्रकृतिं विद्धि मे पराम्‌ ।
जीवभूतां महाबाहो ययेदं धार्यते जगत्‌ ॥
Sense: Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect(brain) and ego – Thus it is my nature divided by eight. These eight elements are the ones which were used in the creation of universe are actually my different nature (power).
These eight elements are actually my inferior nature (qualities). O Colossal-Armed! Barring these, the finest face of my power is the life force (soul), which holds the whole universe.

Plot- Story begins with a prologue in which we see a guy- Ritesh ( 27years), filming a video from mobile of himself. He is talking about coming suicide in easier ways. He is drinking beer, smoking cigarette and eating pasta simultaneously. And finally he actually commits suicide.

The story is being narrated by two guys with same face. One is Ritesh’s MANN (Mind) and second in female attire is Ritesh’s BUDDHI (Brain/Intellect). They briefly introduce themselves and start narrating the story.
Four years ago- A writer Ritesh is narrating his script to a producer. He is visibly nervous. MIND (MANN) is sitting beneath the table scared and biting his nails while Intellect (BUDDHI) is sleeping outside on the staircase. The producer first makes fun of him and then advices him to watch more movies of same genre and work more on his script.
Disappointed, Ritesh leaves from the place. On the way back, Ritesh’s MIND (MANN) and INTELLECT (BUDDHI) fills him with negative thoughts- They tell him it was a bad decision to drop from engineering and become a writer/director, he is good for nothing and a day will come when he will be left with nothing. Suddenly his phone rings, it was Deepak’s call. Deepak (28) is his best friend and an actor by profession. He encourages him to work on his script and he begins to write again.
Ritesh is sitting in his room in front of his laptop and writing a line in his final draft- “Inspector is having tea with the writer…” As soon as he write this, all three of his main character – Inspector, writer and sub- inspector (which are actually the character of Ritesh), starting fighting among themselves and Ritesh is not able to concentrate on writing. Suddenly he hears someone else crying loudly. He switches of his room’s light and goes to another room near the window to listen clearly. MIND (MANN) goes Closer to Ritesh and tells him that this voice is coming from the flat of that beautiful girl whom you encounter often on the stairs with her friend. Ritesh starts to leave the room and notices a body of a person tied mercilessly with chain bound on a chair on the far end of the room. The body is covered with a white sheet. INTELLECT (BUDDHI) is sleeping on a nearby couch. Actually that covered body is Soul (AATMA).
Next day when Ritesh was climbing up the stairs towards his room, he notices that beautiful girl, Alisha(24) and her friend Neha(24). Mind(MANN) encourages him to talk to them and he gathers courage to invite them for tea at his place. Both the girls accept the invitation and come to his place but when returns back with tea, He notices Alisha has left. Neha informs him that Alisha’s family would get angry if she stayed longer hence she left. He also get to know through Neha that Alisha has interest in acting.
After a few days, Ritesh receives a call from his friend who happens to be a Casting Director. He informs him that he is looking for a beautiful face as an actress. Ritesh immediately calls Neha and asks him to inform Alisha about this. He tells her to call the casting director and give him his reference. Alisha get the project. She personally calls Ritesh to thank him. They finally meet and Ritesh enquires about the frequent reason of her crying. He tells her that he has over heard her crying many times. Is it her mom dad quarrelling or… Alisha interrupts him and tells him that it’s not her dad; it’s her husband’s. Ritesh is shocked by this revelation.
MIND (MANN) and INTELLECT (BUDDHI) take the story further. There are several conflicts between Mind and Intellect and they are seen having arguments. We get to know the difference between MIND (MANN) and INTELLECT (BUDDHI). Apart from these, both of them also keep distracting Ritesh and advise him in different spheres of life. They take the story of Ritesh further and tell-
Ritesh and Alisha have become friends now. They’ve started to talk regularly. Ritesh has build up his imagination and expectation to unrealistic level and hence gets frustrated when his expectations are not met or any petty issues like if she fails to reply to his messages promptly. But also when she does reply to his message he gets too excited at the same time. Although his INTELLECT (BUDDHI) knew that these things are common in love however, his MIND (MANN) ruled over Ritesh right now. Hence he ignored whatever his INTELLECT (BUDDHI) would chip in. Over the period of time INTELLECT (BUDDHI) falls ill due to being left out and ignored.
The drama of love begins to play between Ritesh and Alisha. MIND (MANN) was continuously with Alisha although Ritesh could hardly meet her once or twice in the whole month. Few months passed and about a year later, INTELLECT (BUDDHI) comes out of the room all of a sudden. INTELLECT (BUDDHI) makes him realize that Ritesh is simply wasting his time. Also, on the same day Ritesh had seen a picture of Alisha in which she has hugged a guy too closely in pub. This is the same guy about whom Alisha used to talk a lot. Ritesh knew that Alisha loved her but MIND (MANN) always used to convince him that she loves him too. So to concentrate on his work, Ritesh blocks Alisha. But when he began writing again all his three main characters who are in different getup but are actually Ritesh come in front of him. One of the guy says- “I’m having a cup of tea since a year, can I get done with it!.. Ritesh concentrates hard to focus on writing but his Mind interrupts him again and again and starts with his own rants and he could not complete his story. The same night INTELLECT (BUDDHI) advices him to go meet Alisha and tell her clearly that he is not going to meet her or talk to her anymore. Ritesh likes her advice.
Next time when Alisha comes to meet Ritesh, he tells her that he cannot continue to talk and meet her anymore. Coincidently, on the same day Alisha had had a fight with her boyfriend and when Ritesh also tell her to move on, Alisha broke down. Ritesh’s MIND (MANN) also starts crying. Gauging the situation, INTELLECT (BUDDHI) come to the conclusion that it is not right to hurt someone. She tells Ritesh that love might not always be reciprocated. It means the happiness of your loved one. It’s not her problem that you are always troubled because of her; it’s your own created problem. If you’ll ignore and hurt Alisha now, you won’t be able to forgive yourself. This hurts Ritesh(Ego), and he apologizes to Alisha.
After few days, Alisha proposes Ritesh. MIND (MANN) and INTELLECT (BUDDHI) were both present there. Hearing Alisha’s proposal, MIND (MANN) quickly escapes and INTELLECT (BUDDHI) tells him that he himself is not settled. First he should do something in life, or atleast make his first film and then get married. Ritesh explains this to Alisha and convinces her too.
Now Ritesh finally concentrates on work. But slowly Alisha has started to pick faults in Ritesh. He is not able to devote so much time to her due to his devotion towards story and also he is not financially stable. These things are bothering Alisha. She starts to distance herself.
One fine day Alisha leaves for an outdoor shoot. After few days one of her friend calls Ritesh saying that he wanted to Cast Alisha in an Ad film but her phone is not reachable. Ritesh tries to contact her too but every effort went in vain. Finally he goes to Alisha’s house with her friend Neha. He gets to know that the family has shifted four months back. Ritesh gets very disturbed. Few months pass like this in agility. In all this chaos , the only positive thing that happened is that the script has shaped up beautifully. Ritesh tries to pitch his story again but still he is not receiving any positive response. Frustrated, he goes back to work again in TV but he is not getting any job there too. Ritesh gathers himself and because he had to survive this battle and didn’t wanted to take money from home, he starts working in a flower shop.
Suddenly one day Ritesh sees a YouTube link that shows news of Alisha’s suicide. The news suggests that she committed suicide because she had a fight with her boyfriend who happened to be a producer. This is the same guy Alisha used to talk about with Ritesh. Ritesh is heartbroken to hear the news. He cannot bear the fact that the girl he had loved so deeply has committed suicide because of some other guy she loved. Ritesh attempts suicide too but is luckily been saved. (The prologue part)
Deepak comes to visit Ritesh and consoles him. He asks him to be strong in adverse situation. The same night MIND (MANN) and INTELLECT (BUDDHI) again start ranting in front of him and reminds him of Alisha’s betrayal and suicide. But now Ritesh has grown strong, he pays no heed to both of them. He gets up and thrashes both of them and when he gets tired he goes upto the another room where a PERSON (AATMA) is bound to a chair with chain and ropes and covered in white sheet. He removes the sheet from her and unties the rope. A gleaming self of Ritesh is smiling at him- He is the Soul of Ritesh.
This is the truth of life that every coin has two faces. We receive both happiness and sadness in equal amount. After a few months of this incidence, suddenly Ritesh found someone to produce his film. The flower shop in which Ritesh used to work belonged to a girl who married a big film corporate guy. That girl treated Ritesh as his younger brother and decided to produce his film. Finally Ritesh got the chance to direct his first film.
Epilogue- Ritesh is sitting by his window, smoking cigarette, lost in his thoughts. Right behind him, MIND (MANN) and INTELLECT (BUDDHI) are sitting quietly. Just then, we see from the outside of his flat two different MINDS starts to crawl upwards towards Ritesh’s window using pipe. As soon as one of them reaches Ritesh’s window, Ritesh’s phone rang. It displays- “Pranjulaa Actress.” Ritesh gets in a fix and couldn’t decide what to do. Just then the other Mind nudges him and tells him to receive the call. He tells him not to think too much, the call must be to invite him for dinner and he should pick the call as the girl is good, lovely, caring & beautiful and also belongs to his field. Ritesh gets convinced and receives the call.
From the another window of the next room the other Mind reaches there. Slowly he goes back to SOUL (RITESH), who is meditating, & begins tying him to the chair.

In the Last Black Screen we see a dialogue of Ravindranath Tagore from one of his Short Story (Post Master) –
(Oh unintelligent human mind! Your confusion never disappears somehow. Logical reasoning enters the brain quite late often. Ignoring larger-than-large evidence, you stick to your false hope and even confidence. And finally a day comes when they shatter massively cutting through all your nerves, sucking every drop of blood from your heart and leaving you miserable. But again as soon as senses return to your mind you become desperate to be tied into the trap of another fallacy.)

THE END

 

 

Writer Biography – Johnny Aangraj

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Name – Johnny Aangraj
Born Place – Bhagalpur (Bihar)
Mobile No – +91 9594001092
Email id – johnnyscreenplay@gmail.com
I have worked as –
• Director : Few short films, Recently Directed a Corporate AV for Gazol Lubricants.
• 2 Years Theatre experience and has enclosed 25 plays in different cities of India.
• Writer – Written Corporate Ad for Hindustan Unilever Ltd, The Final Cast (As a Writer – Producer – Humaramovie, Director – Krishan Hooda), Kaafir (for 70 mm talkies)
• Movies (as an AD) :
1.#Mahatma (Script Supervisor , Director – Gaurav Bakshi, Produer – Humaramovie)
2. Kaafir (Writer & AssociateDirector, Director – Zeeshan Ahmad, Producer – 70mm Talkies)
3. Iskool Bag (Chief AD, Director – Maanav Raj Singh, Producer – Y Star Cine & TV)
• Associate Director to : Sarthak Das Gupta, Mohammad Rafique, Devdoot Majumdaar, Mushaid Pasha, Ashok Chouhan, Krishan Hooda.
• Chief AD & 2nd Unit Director : (All in TV& Ads only) – Balaji Telefilms(SMT), Fremantle Media Pvt Ltd.(Codered Umeed & Tujhse Naraaz Nahi Zindagi), BBC Worldwide (Kaisi Ye Yariyan), Wizcraft International, Bodhi Tree (Ye Hai Ashiqui), Jaasvand Entertainments Pvt. Ltd. (Savdhan India) , Rajusha Productions, Kaira Craft Films (Pilot for DD), Lotus Talkies (Sun Yaar Try Maar), DJs Productions (Maryada), Spotlight Films, PMP Media Pvt. Ltd., Saregama (Savdhan India).
• Ad films (as an AD) : Rajasthan Patrika with Deepika Padukone & Ranbir Singh, Castrol, Asian FootballCup (also 2nd unit Director), Promo Shoot with Shraddha Kapoor & Farhan Akhtar for Rock On-2.
• Post Producer – Wizcraft (for IIFA & few Ads), BBC (Chetan Bhagat show – 2 states real couple)

 

Writer Statement

Trust Me.

Feature Film: BLACK, by Johnny Aangraj

64ffb35395 posterSynopsis (Black):
Genre – Romance, Crime, Drama
Oneliner – A girl’s death completes a Writer’s story.
The screenplay is in Chapters. It begins with a prologue & then goes back from Chapter 5 to Chapter 1 and ends with Epilogue.
Prologue -We see a MMS of a boy, Vikrant(27) & a girl.
Chapter 5 – “Death of the Protagonist” – A girl named Alia(22), protagonist of the story, is dead & being buried in a graveyard.The inspector Randeep(40) with junior Inspector Adamya (32) reach the place of death, Alia’s house for investigation. They find – Poison bottle outside the Kitchen window in lawn, a completely crushed cup in dustbin, a bag almost full with cash, burnt will papers, many bookshelves, whip, handcuffs, stains of blood on bed sheet & few more things there. Finally they find a Marriage certificate of Alia with Vikrant(27) in bedroom.
Chapter 4–“Rashomon in Inspector’s Cabin” – In this chapter Inspector is talking to people who know Alia. Inspector Randeep & Adamya meets maid of that house who had first seen Alia dead & also she saw a man, Vikrant, in the house. Then they meet with her doctor, lawyer, few neighbors, principal of the school where she use to teach, school children, NGO lady with whom Alia was planning to donate her money (50 Lacks) & huge part of her property & few more people. After all these meetings Randeep feels more confused. And then he orders to find Vikrant, because his name was in Marriage certificate & according to the maid he was there at the time of death when she arrived in the house.
Chapter 3–Writer Gets His Story – This chapter begins with the introduction of 2nd most important character of this story, Nayan (27). He is a writer in bollywood. He usually comes to Shimla for writing in peace that’s why many people know him here. Inspector Randeep is more than his elder brother & he helps him in research of any real crime incidents. In shimla, he stays in his friend’s hotel. So now Randeep discusses with him about the current murder incident & Nayan gets shock after hearing the name, Alia. Actually he met Alia few days ago. Nayan begins with his investigation and first he goes to Alia’s shop, which is closed & locks are sealed. Nayan asks the nearby shopkeepers & other people about Alia. Suddenly a mad beggar starts shouting and pointing towards Nayan. Beggar says – Nayan has killed that girl. Nayan is horrified, hearing his name as the murderer. But people don’t belief on that mad beggar. As Nayan reaches his Hotel, he gets a diary which came as a parcel a week ago. He starts reading it & finds that a girl has written about a Prostitute’s feeling & profession. But after reading few lines he gets to know that it is written by Alia. She is telling about herself. He is shocked because he was unaware about this profession of hers. In the diary she has mentioned about types of prostitute, types of customers & many more things. She has also written that not all customers hire her for sex, few of them just want to chat, some discuss their personal life problems & even few of them use to cry in front of her during these coversations. She has written that they did not want a naked body, they needed a mother, they needed a friend, in front of which they can discuss all their problems. Actually those kinds of people are suffering from too much loneliness. But after completing first diary he is confused because she has not written that why she became a prostitute. There was nothing written about it in the diary. He is too confused & curious to know about it. Suddenly he remembers that she has told him something about her childhood, and just then he decides to go there. He calls his line producer friend & asks about the location which Alia discussed. He quickly takes his friend’s car & rushes to that place. As he reaches that village after much difficulty, he gets a surprise that the girl he wants to know about is dead 4 years ago and a person saw her commiting suicide. Nayan gets even more confused & returns to Shimla.
Chapter 2 – “2nd & Last Love Story” – Vikrant is arrested now & is sitting in front of Inspector Randeep. He tells – Day before the murder night, Alia called him & asked him to marry her but he refused because he was already married. Inspector Randeep feels that he is hiding something, so he says to Vikrant – I am the only one who knows that you have not murdered her, so please tell me everything. Then Vikrant tells – Alia was his girlfriend in collage time & ditched her because he did not have much feeling for her. After the discussion, Vikrant is standing outside with his wife when suddenly someone comes & fires bullet on Vikrant & flees away. Randeep tries to catch him. Chasing the shooter, Inspector Randeep reaches the same hospital where Alia was admitted at the death time. He searches for the shooter but did not succeed. The next day Randeep is with Nayan now & they are discussing the progress in this case. He tells Nayan that someone is trapping Vikrant into wrong accusation. At last Randeep tells that now he is planning to meet one of their common friend Aveen(35), who has an apparel showroom in Chandigarh. The apparel showroom clicks in Nayan’s mind & he matches that Alia has also the same showroom. He decides to meet Aveen before Randeep could. After the meeting, Junior Inspector Adamya comes there & informs Randeep that he has been transferred. Everyone is shocked & disappointed. On the same night Nayan departs for Chandigarh to meet Aveen. Aveen tells Nayan that she was also planning to meet him, but she had a fear that he will start thinking of her as an accused. Aveen gives Nayan a soft copy of a Story written by Alia and says – in the last meeting Alia was saying, she wants to make a film on her life & you can can help her. That’s why she wanted to give this story to you. After the meeting Nayan feels that she may also be involved in Alia’s murder. Nayan leaves for Shimla.
Chapter 1 -“1st & Last Love Story”–Nayan starts reading the story & after a page he is surprised to know that Alia has written about all the incidents about him. She has written about how she met him & all the meetings & discussions in between them. Nayan feels that she was in love with him. The most beautiful part of this chapter is the game which she plays with him in the pre climax, to check the honesty & purity of Nayan. The last words of Alia for Nayan were – I will pray to God that you get a good story for your film very soon. As he complets the story, he feels that she was in deep love with him. But still he is not able to understand that by whom & why she was murdered. Now he plans to return back to Mumbai.
In the last Montage – He is planning to leave the city. He is visiting all the places where he went with Alia. He is missing her badly. Finally he is sitting quitely in front of her Shop pondering over past events & suddenly some past discussion with Alia comes to him. He starts remembering few major points written in diary & discussed with her which starts making sense now. Nayan underlines the major points in the diary & the soft copy. Alia was aware of this old habit of Nayan….
Finally Nayan is able to crack the mystery of Alia’s death & he gets his story. He smiles.
Epilogue– He goes to the house of Aveen for a cup of coffee.

 

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Writer Biography – Johnny Aangraj

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I have worked as –
• Director : Few short films, Recently Directed a Corporate AV for Gazol Lubricants.
• 2 Years Theatre experience and has enclosed 25 plays in different cities of India.
• Writer – Written Corporate Ad for Hindustan Unilever Ltd, The Final Cast (As a Writer – Producer – Humaramovie, Director – Krishan Hooda), Kaafir (for 70 mm talkies)
• Movies (as an AD) :
1.#Mahatma (Script Supervisor , Director – Gaurav Bakshi, Produer – Humaramovie)
2. Kaafir (Writer & AssociateDirector, Director – Zeeshan Ahmad, Producer – 70mm Talkies)
3. Iskool Bag (Chief AD, Director – Maanav Raj Singh, Producer – Y Star Cine & TV)
• Associate Director to : Sarthak Das Gupta, Mohammad Rafique, Devdoot Majumdaar, Mushaid Pasha, Ashok Chouhan, Krishan Hooda.
• Chief AD & 2nd Unit Director : (All in TV& Ads only) – Balaji Telefilms(SMT), Fremantle Media Pvt Ltd.(Codered Umeed & Tujhse Naraaz Nahi Zindagi), BBC Worldwide (Kaisi Ye Yariyan), Wizcraft International, Bodhi Tree (Ye Hai Ashiqui), Jaasvand Entertainments Pvt. Ltd. (Savdhan India) , Rajusha Productions, Kaira Craft Films (Pilot for DD), Lotus Talkies (Sun Yaar Try Maar), DJs Productions (Maryada), Spotlight Films, PMP Media Pvt. Ltd., Saregama (Savdhan India).
• Ad films (as an AD) : Rajasthan Patrika with Deepika Padukone & Ranbir Singh, Castrol, Asian FootballCup (also 2nd unit Director), Promo Shoot with Shraddha Kapoor & Farhan Akhtar for Rock On-2.
• Post Producer – Wizcraft (for IIFA & few Ads), BBC (Chetan Bhagat show – 2 states real couple)

 

Writer Statement

Trust me.