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Review Roundup: Traffic


Blogger Nikhil interviewed Sanjay of Bobby-Sanjay fame few years back and asked about the techniques for writing a script. Read this exchange.

“Q: Can you please describe your writing procedure of the script.

A: First of all the story discussion will take place after getting the main thread. This part is very important. My ideas and director’s ideas get exchanged and we develop the scene-order. In this discussion, the plot gets a full form and we fixes the scene order. That time I make some rough notes. But the rough notes are not necessary. Casanova is having 60 scenes. Without referring anything, I can memorize all these 60 scenes right now. So when the scene-order is complete and fixed, I starts writing scenes from the beginning. It include the dialogs also. I write a scene, by speaking the dialogs myself and self analyses the dialogs whether it suits the mood and situation. After writing the particular scene, I re-write it by omitting and adding some points. Then writes that scene once more. In total, I write a scene three times. The same procedure will be followed for all the scenes in the scene-order. If I feel a scene is boring while writing it, I stops/give up that scene right there and tries for another one, may be written only after discussing with the director. All writers are not having identical methods, there will be changes in the procedure.”

Looks like, this technique has worked very well. Just a few days back, we wrote that for 2011, we are going to keep an eye on script writers and directors. We also wrote that we would keep an eye on cliched scripts. We did not have to wait long. The first movie of 2011 matches our criteria. The script is by Bobby-Sanjay, who wrote Notebook, with which were not impressed very much.

The script by Bobby-Sanjay was directed by Rajesh Pillai, who made the forgettable Hridayathil Sookshikkan. But looks like he has made an unforgettable comeback. We hope these script writers take time and churn out such Malayalam movies (as opposed to Tamil clones).

Ratheesh Comments

I had watched Hridayathil Sookshikkan, the first film by director Rajesh Pillai, a few years back. It was a hopeless one. It is difficult to believe that the same director has madeTraffic now. The skill and maturity shown by Rajesh in his second film make him stand up as one of the most promising new directors in Malayalam Cinema. The director has been greatly helped by a cleverly written script by Bobby-Sanjay, and excellent performances from all the actors involved in the film. Lena, Sandhya, Rehman and Saikumar deserve special mention for their performances (It was good to see talented actor Rehman on screen after a long time). writes

Bobby and Sanjay’s script is one in which there has been a close scrutiny of all possible leak cracks, and in which almost all of them have been filled shut. Hence the several events that take place in the film simultaneously hold together amazingly well, and there is hardly a moment in the film where your focus drops. This is quite a feat, since it involves an adept juggling between emotions aplenty, some outstanding twists, a few mind boggling thrills and some well-kept suspense. The bottom-line is that Traffic could easily boast to have one of the best scripts written in Malayalam in recent times.

Yentha writes a review without mentioning the script writers or the music director.

Sify Says:

Just when you thought that Malayalam filmmakers have stopped experimenting with newer themes and styles, here is a fascinating movie which will totally shake you up.

Director Rajesh Pillai has come up with the fantastically made Traffic, based on a well-written script by Bobby & Sanjay. There are no formulaic ingredients or gimmickry here and it is a clean, honest film.


  1. Hats off to rajesh pillai for giving us this movie.

  2. no doubt that TRAFFIC is the best thriller in malayalam,well done sanjay-bobby and rajesh pillai

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