The letter states that “on present day TV here (India), there is no story in the serials. There is no ‘beginning-middle-end’ structure. It is just an assemblage of tracks fleshed up by teleplay and dialogues”. Signed by the ITA’s CEO Vierendra Bhargav, it further adds that “the story, as understood in its classic definition, is patently absent here. That’s why we had decided not to keep a Best Story Award and accord rightful recognition to teleplay and dialogues”.
The receipt of the letter has created a furore among the writers. “I couldn’t attend the awards night due to illness, but I do believe that it is wrong to say that story writers do not play any role. Stories of Indian shows may not have a finite end, but they do have a beginning and a life of their own, which is integral to the screenplay,” says Bhavani
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