Veteran screenwriter K.V. Vijayendra Prasad, who wrote the scripts for blockbuster movies like "Baahubali," "RRR," and "Magadheera," has said that he "steals" rather than creates stories.
The father of filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli, Vijayendra Prasad, was recently honored at the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
Speaking about how he began his career, he reportedly stated: "Before I became a writer, I tried everything to make a livelihood, including working in agriculture. Much later in life, the writing began."
He also discussed his approach to screenwriting in a workshop. He added that he always plans the story for a twist during the intermission.
"You have to create something out of nothing. You have to present a lie, which looks like the truth. A person who can tell a good lie can be a good storyteller," he added.
The audience in attendance was stunned when he then delivered a surprise: "I do not write stories, I steal them. Stories are there around you, be it epics like Mahabharat, Ramayan, or real-life incidents, there are stories everywhere. You need to represent it in your unique style."