I have been following this really awesome show on Sony PIX for a few weeks now. Yup, its very similar to the show 'On the Lot' that was on Star World and which was produced by Spielberg.

This one is called Gateway and it is a reality show contest for directors where the winner will get to a direct a Hollywood film produced by our very own Ashok Amritraj of Hyde Park Entertainment. And now, they are even calling for scripts. Aspiring scriptwriters may submit their scripts on

The show is refreshing and wonderful. The jury consisting of regular jurors Ashok Amritraj, Anurag Basu( Director: Murder, Gangster, Life in a Metro) and Rajat Kapoor (Director: Mithya) is absolutely objective, helpful and professional. They always have a guest juror and some of the past ones have been Nagesh Kukunoor, Ketan Mehta, Sudhir Mishra etc. They started with 18 contestants and had series of team tasks as well as individual tasks. These tasks ranged from scriptwriting, storyboarding, shooting, script selling to short film-making.

Based on the performance there were four finalists. Last week Aman Sachdeva got eliminated leaving Bejoy Nambiar as one of the final two. Today (Sony PIX 10:00 PM Indian time, Sunday) Prshant Rasially and Vikram Bhatti , former team-mates in the team exercises will be up for judging based on a 10 minute film that they have made.

An awesome show with some great tips from the jurors, lots of lessons in film-making for many aspirants (and maybe some of our so called renowned film-makers as well!)


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