BEST SCREENPLAY WRITER IN INDIA
Writer, Digital content Creator, Filmmaker
Anand Sivakumaran has been telling stories since he was 5. After passing out of IIT Bombay, he did stints in journalism, advertising, events and youth marketing, before landing up in the entertainment business. Currently he’s an author, Movie script writer, screenplay writer, show runner, Digital content creator.
Anand Sivakumaran has been a screenwriter for over 17 years. He has written path breaking films like Kalyug, genre films like Nazar and Buddha Mar Gaya He has directed Money Devo Bhava, an edgy, topical youth movie about greed and consumerism and how it drives college kids to cyber crime, credit card fraud, internet scams etc. he has also directed Detour, a wicked little thriller about lust, lies and cups of tea.
In TV he has written sitcoms like Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan, EkDujeKeLiye, ChaarDooni Do KabhiHaan, KabhiNaa, Sun Yaar Chill Maar, drama shows like Miley Jab Hum Tum, JassiJaisi Koi Nahin, Jabb Love Hua, JhoomeJiya Re, Love Ne bana Di Jodi, Gulmohar Grand, youth shows like The Buddy Project, SuvreenGuggal, Secret Diaries, Tu Kaun Main Kaun, soaps like Ambar Dhara, Kissmet Ka Khel, fantasy shows like Hatim andChandrakanta, thrillers like KahaniJurrm Ki, Avinash I.P.S, KabhiBiwi, Kabhi Jasoos, Paanch, Guns and Roses, Shakira. He also created the iconic Youth Show SaddaHaq. Anand’s most recent TV show was the UNICEF and BBC World Media co-production AdhaFull, a youthy thriller with social messaging. It was the most popular show on DD. He has won awards like the ITA award for the best youth series.
Anand Sivakumaran has now ventured into the field of Digital Content Creation with his creative collective – CrocTales. The company creates and works as Showrunner on web series and also does scripts for film and television. They are working on pitches with platforms like VOOT, VIU, Filter Copy, the Times Group, Eros Now etc. They also train aspiring writers, actors and filmmakers, thus creating the next generation of talent.
Anand was the First runner-up in ‘Write Angle’ a global screenwriting contest organized by B4U and Sulekha.com for his story ‘YehShaadiNahin Ho Sakti’. He also won the Adi Marzban Prize for Best Original Script, instituted by the N.C.P.A for his play, ‘Nemesis’
Anand also does live storytelling sessions at venues like Social wherein he interacts with an audience and creates and tells stories spontaneously using cues given by them and making them the protagonists of these tales. He also does workshops on screenwriting, the aim being to create a whole new generation of the best writers in India. Anand Sivakumaran also posts short stories online on his web site, on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, based on a photograph or a line suggested by his readers. He is also a motivational speaker and has a popular daily blog called Morning Ray of Sunshine.