Bhutan Observer
Bringing Lilliputs and Pemi Tshewang Tashi to life
Chimi Gyeltshen, December 16, 2012

The Bhutanese moviegoers may soon be treated to some art films. That’s if screenwriter Kinley Wangchuk’s stories are committed to celluloid.

The 31-year-old Kinley Wangchuk from Gaselo in Wangdue has written a script on Tshelo Chub, loosely translated as ‘The Age of Lilliputs”. He has also completed scripts based on the stories of Boom Badha Chenmi Rinzi and Pemi Tshewang Tashi.

He said Boom Badha Chenmi Rinzi and Pemi Tshewang Tashi, to be produced by Teedee Production, will be shown internationally. Kinley tries to take the popular Bhutanese stories to the international audience.

Kinley Wangchuk, who has a bachelor’s degree in education from Paro College of Education and a master’s degree in diplomacy and international studies from Rangsit University in Thailand, says he tries to write educative and informative scripts.

He is a consultant at Gaseng Business and Multimedia Consultancy.

Kinley says that he doesn’t write scripts for commercial purposes. Scriptwriting, he says, is more of a hobby than business. “But when producers demand my scripts, I have to sell them at a certain price,” he says. “And that’s what indirectly makes my hobby commercial.”

Born to a traditional family, Kinley Wangchuk grew up listening to stories from his late grandmother with passion. He says today he can narrate more than a hundred stories to his children. Perhaps that’s why he wants to tell stories, albeit differently from how his grandmother did.

One of Kinley’s biggest achievements so far has been receiving a National Book Award from Dzongkha Development Commission in 2000 for standing third in the book writing competition. However, he is better known for his lozey.

Kuzoo FM, where Kinley worked previously, broadcasts some of his well-known lozey pieces.

So far, he has written three movie scripts, the latest one being Gaawai Sem. He said he doesn’t want to mention the other two because “the directors had added some spices in my scripts” which made him feel bad about them.

Kinley says he often gets himself lost thinking about stories that could make good films. Once he was in the bathroom when suddenly a new story struck him. He lost track of time and remained in the bathroom for almost an hour until his wife knocked the door.

Kinley Wangchuk says that when he is absorbed in scriptwriting, he even forgets his meals. He, however, added that he is not a born writer.