ONIR

  • Onir to launch Bangla actor Prosenjit's wife Arpita Pal in his upcoming film 'Shab' April 29, 2014

    Mumbai: Onir's new Hindi film "Shab" will introduce Bangla superstar Prosenjit's wife Arpita Pal in the female lead. The film will not only transform the traditional Bengali beauty's image into a hip south Delhi socialite, it will also cast her as a woman in love with a younger one. Arpita, who...
  • 'What does not affect you today, might knock at your door tomorrow': Bollywood celebrities ask citizens to vote wisely April 17, 2014

    The Indian film industry, which prides itself on its secular image, appears to be taking sides for the first time during this Lok Sabha elections with several Bollywood A-listers asking people to vote "smart" and choose wisely. Here are some of the top tweets: ...
  • I have become a criminal now, openly gay filmmaker Onir tells Chief Justice P Sathasivam January 14, 2014

    Kolkata: Protesting against a recent ruling by the Supreme Court which criminalises gay sex under IPC Section 377, maverick filmmaker Onir has written a letter to the Chief Justice of India saying he is a criminal now. "I am a proud law abiding citizen, but with the ruling of the Supreme...
  • Sec 377 not about Indian culture, was brought by the British: Onir December 12, 2013

    Filmmaker Onir, known for his film 'My Brother Nikhil' reacts to the Supreme Court ruling that upheld Section 377 criminalising homosexuality. ...
  • Amitabh Bachchan, Javed Akhtar disturbed about Uttarakhand tragedy June 21, 2013

    Mumbai: Members of the Hindi film fraternity, including megastar Amitabh Bachchan and writerlyricist Javed Akhtar, have mourned the current situation in Uttarakhand where hundreds have died and thousands gone missing in unprecedented flashfloods and landslides. The celebrities took to Twitter after media reports said that many people from Chhattisgarh, travelling in...
  • Onir unhappy with DD, says late night slot won't help indie films May 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Nationalaward winning filmmaker Onir says Doordarshan's decision to screen independent movies in the late night slot will not help indie films in getting more eyeballs. The filmmaker, who was here Thursday to participate in Save Indie Cinema campaign along with several other filmmakers, also pointed out that the Central...
  • Doordarshan to telecast award winning indie films April 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Prasar Bharati, the statutory body to govern Doodarshan's broadcast policy, has agreed to telecast independent films after 10 PM. As per this decision, the films that have been already shown on the small screen will get Rs 15 lakh while the films that will be aired for the...
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Homosexuality in films February 27, 2013

    New Delhi: When sexual revolution swept through the West in the 1960s after the advent of the birth control pill, some of the effects of the change found slanted reflections in popular culture. But for the ripples to hit the Indian shores, where cinema was still bound by Victorian...
  • Crowd sourcing: A new way of raising funds for films August 19, 2012

    New Delhi: After successfully raising funds from the general public for the national award winning film 'I Am', producer duo Sanjay Suri and Onir are again taking the crowdfunding route for their new venture a love story of a 14yearold Dalit boy and an uppercaste girl. "It's great to be...
  • 'I AM' telecast on DD only after Ucertificate July 6, 2012

    Filmmaker Onir is upset with the censor board for not giving his National Awardwinningfilm "I AM" a Ucertificate, without which it cannot be telecast on Doordarshan. This is in spite of his making the cuts demanded and he says he would like to challenge the decision. "Yes, I will. For me,...
  • The story of Harish Iyer inspired 'I Am': Onir May 16, 2012

    New Delhi: The second episode of 'Satyamev Jayate' has made Harish Iyer a familiar name for Indians. The show was based on some striking facts about the issue of child sexual abuse. Harish Iyer was invited to the show where he bravely shared the trauma of being abused at the...
  • Onir's next film 'Coach Kameena' on sports April 30, 2012

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Onir, who is basking in the glory of nationalaward winner 'I Am', will now be producing a film revolving around a 17yearold athlete and his sports coach who helps the boy realise his potential. Directed by Ashwini Malik, 'Coach Kameena' follows the journey of a youngster, who has...
  • Priyanka has not delayed 'Barfi': Anurag Basu April 28, 2012

    Mumbai: "Nothing is getting delayed because of her (Priyanka), she has given a lot of dates," said Anurag Basu at the success party of Onir's 'I Am'. "I have been denying it again and again but these reports keep cropping up. She has already finished her work, only two days...
  • Onir: Crowd funding was necessary for 'I Am' March 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Onir, also known as Anirban Dhar, came into limelight with 'My Brother Nikhil' (2005) which dealt with the issues of AIDS and same sex relationship. 'Bas Ek Pal' and 'Sorry Bhai' came in 2006 and 2008 but they failed to make any mark at the box office despite...
  • Cannes invites Onir to attend Producers Network March 21, 2012

    Mumbai: Onir couldn't have asked for more. First he won the National Award for 'I AM' and now the director has received an official invitation from Cannes to be part of the film festival's Producers Network. "I am on seventh heaven right now. With all this good news coming my way,...
  • Filmmakers don't trust new writers: Onir March 12, 2012

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Onir, who has made some powerful films like 'My Brother Nikhil' and 'I Am', says there is no dearth of talented writers but filmmakers like to play it safe and choose to go with triedandtested stories. "I don't think there are no writers or stories, there is a lack...
  • 'I Am' was most difficult to make: Onir March 7, 2012

    Mumbai: Onir faced such tough times convincing Bollywood studios to finance his 'I Am' that he resorted to crowdfunding to make it. But now with the best Hindi film honour at the 59th National Awards, the filmmaker is on top of the world. "I am overwhelmed. This award has given me...
  • National Awards: 'I AM' Best Hindi Film March 7, 2012

    New Delhi: The National Award for the Best Hindi Film has been given to the director Onir's 'I Am'. The film is about the problems faced by four individuals who are struggling to find their real identities. The film stars Juhi Chawla, Manisha Koirala, Nandita Das, Rahul Bose, Sanjay Suri,...
  • Cinema has become just another pastime: Onir February 28, 2012

    New Delhi: DearCinema brings to you a few voices that define the Indie scene in India today, ruminating over what independent cinema means to them. Straight from the horse's mouth. Following the eloquent Q and candid Shonali Bose, in the third in the series, independent filmmaker Onir known for pathbreaking...
  • I started my career with Bhupen Da: Onir November 6, 2011

    New Delhi: Director Onir, who started his film career with Bhupen Hazarika, says he will always remember the late singercomposer for his incredible voice. "Very sad to hear about the demise of Bhupenda. I started my career in the Hindi film industry by working in Daman with Kalpana Lajmi and Bhupenda. "Remember...
  • Shaan has a tryst with acting October 27, 2011

    Mumbai: Singer Shaan showcased his acting skills when he donned different getups to represent some popular characters from Hindi movies at the 2nd Chevrolet Global Indian Music Awards (GIMA) recently. The melodious crooner played characters like Hrithik Roshan in 'Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai', Shah Rukh Khan in 'Main Hoon Na', Aamir Khan...
  • 'I AM' to be screened in Spain film fest October 24, 2011

    Mumbai: Director Onir's 'I AM', a film that strings four different stories, has been selected for screening in the competition section at the ongoing international film festival in Spain. "'I AM' has been selected to be screened at the 56th Valladolid International Film Festival in competition section," Sanjay Suri, who runs...
  • To get actors, composers, Onir eyes social media October 18, 2011

    Mumbai: Onir, known to bring taboo subjects like homosexuality into the mainstream, says his next film 'Shab' will tell the love story of a gigolo and a prostitute. Also, he is planning to take the use of social networking sites in filmmaking to the next level. "I will be directing 'Shab',...
  • Bollywood directors explore dark realities July 19, 2011

    New Delhi: Whether it is gigolos in the fashion industry, the illegal arms trade or the dark secrets of a film actress, Bollywood seems to be moving away from formula movies to explore relatively unknown and realistic aspects of society. Fashion choreographerturnedfilmmaker Kaushik Ghosh is set to spotlight how male models...
  • Bollywood pays tribute to Director Mani Kaul July 6, 2011

    Mumbai: Bollywood personalities have condoled the death of noted filmmaker Mani Kaul, who passed away on Wednesday after a prolonged illness. Kaul (66) was considered one of the pioneers of new Indian cinema with critically acclaimed films like 'Uski Roti', 'Ashad Ka ek Din', 'Duvidha' and 'Idiot'. "One of India's great filmmakers...
  • Bollywood celebs slam Azad's comments on MSM July 5, 2011

    New Delhi: Bollywood celebrities like Celina Jaitley and Onir, who are quite vocal about supporting India's gay community, are shocked at Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad's comment that men having sex with men (MSM) is a "disease" and "unnatural". They feel he is "regressive". "Dear honourable Mr.Health Minister the World Health...
  • 'I Am' heads for Kandy film festival June 19, 2011

    New Delhi: Director Onir's "I Am" has been selected for the feature film lineup at the Kandy International Film Festival starting Wednesday in Sri Lanka. "Congratulations to all of US #I AM selected at the KANDY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SRI LANKA @Purab_Kohli @mathurarjun(sic)," Onir posted on his microblogging site twitter. The director...
  • Nepal gays seek inspiration from Bwood's 'I Am' May 31, 2011

    Kathmandu: Still portrayed as buffoons, aliens and despicable people by their own silver screen storytellers, Nepal's burgeoning gay community is now hoping Bollywood's pathbreaking films like I Am and My Brother Nikhil will give Nepali filmmakers the right perspective one day. Bollywood film director Anirban Dhar, whose I Am, starring Nepal's...
  • CJ: Filmmaker Onir speaks up for gay rights April 30, 2011

    Filmmaker Onir turns Citizen Journalist to talk about article 377 and importance of gay rights. ...
  • Onir is back to his heart with 'I Am': Purab April 29, 2011

    New Delhi: He made his Bollywood debut opposite Nandita Das in Bas Yun Hi in 2003, but after that Purab Kohli lost touch with his costar. But their communication gap came in handy when seven years later they got together for Onir's I Am, in which the two share an...