Read Navjot Gulati’s full note here:
I started Writing in the year 2009. In my 12 year old career i’ve gone through a lots of ups and downs. All through this journey i’ve supported a lot of upcoming Writers and spoken truth to the powers and fought for making sure that Writers are duly credited in promotional material of films released in cinemas. The result of being vocal against such things is that I’m very unpopular with most studios because they don’t like my guts. Ever Since the advent of digital, Netflix(and others) have come in-to the picture and now they decide how the business is run, who is given what credit and where. I’ve been part of 3 feature films in various capacities and all of them are on Netflix, two released post theatrical and one was a direct release. I remember my first feature film releasing in 2017 and entire Andheri coming to support it, more for me, than the film. I love cinema and my life revolves around it. In all these years i’ve still not been able to crack the code myself and made a remarkable feature film but i’ve always been a cheerleader for all my now famous friends from all genders. For almost two years i’ve been running a hashtag on Twitter called #NetflixCreditDedo, asking for a simple thing, credit the cast and crew in the trailer of the film/series because this is what we live for, to see our name in the credits of the stories we work really hard to tell the world. Today an esteemed Writer from the fraternity has called me a minsogynst, sexist and what not. And wished i get brain fever. And then dragged my family into an issue which has been turned into a person brain fever. And then dragged my family into an issue which has been turned into a person PR-War. I’m being compelled to write this long-post to stop this mud-slinging. My quip about a Writer needing to marry into the production house to get the credit we all writers deserve has been turned in to a gender war. I fully subscribe to the points being made by people all across but THIS is not about genders, feminism and sexism. It is about the technical crew of content which continues to be sidelined and treated like peasants by the powers. It is about platforms like Netflix, Prime, Hotstar, Zee5 and the likes start giving credits of the cast and crew in their promotional material. If my tweet If you want top billing as a Screenwriter in a trailer(something that should be the norm)You need to marry into the production house. Once the Writer becomes a family member, is treated like an Actor-Star. #Goals’ reads that it is about bringing down a fellow writer and taking away her hard-work then the problem is in the interpret-ion of the reader. I’m making it clear, once-it for all. My issues was and is #Creditdedonetflix and if yet anyone has felt offended by my remarks, i apologise to every person who felt so. And if what has happened today shakes up the powers at Netflix and they decide to make a uniform credit plate for all promotional trailers necessary then I’m more than happy to be called names from the esteemed Writer till any such time that we can actually have this basic demand met. #EndScene #M idnightmusingsbhimaanlochahotoh.
Navjot Gulati is known Jai Mummy Di (2020), Happily Ever After (2020) and more.
Source : IndianExpress