Onir

  • Onir to launch Bangla actor Prosenjit's wife Arpita Pal in his upcoming film 'Shab' 29-04-2014 07:57 PM

    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,...
  • 'What does not affect you today, might knock at your door tomorrow': Bollywood celebrities ask citizens to vote wisely 17-04-2014 01:07 PM

    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 14-01-2014 03:25 PM

    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...
  • Sec 377 not about Indian culture, was brought by the British: Onir 12-12-2013 03:27 PM

    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 21-06-2013 05:58 PM

    Mumbai: Members of the Hindi film fraternity, including megastar Amitabh Bachchan and writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar, have mourned the current situation in Uttarakhand where hundreds have died and thousands gone missing in unprecedented flash-floods and landslides. The celebrities took to Twitter after media reports said that many people from Chhattisgarh, travelling...
  • Onir unhappy with DD, says late night slot won't help indie films 03-05-2013 03:35 PM

    New Delhi: National-award 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...
  • Doordarshan to telecast award winning indie films 19-04-2013 01:18 PM

    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...
  • Crowd sourcing: A new way of raising funds for films 19-08-2012 03:47 PM

    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 crowd-funding route for their new venture - a love story of a 14-year-old Dalit boy and an upper-caste girl. "It's great to...
  • 'I AM' telecast on DD only after U-certificate 06-07-2012 11:25 PM

    Filmmaker Onir is upset with the censor board for not giving his National Award-winning-film "I AM" a U-certificate, 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...
  • The story of Harish Iyer inspired 'I Am': Onir 16-05-2012 06:36 PM

    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 30-04-2012 05:47 PM

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Onir, who is basking in the glory of national-award winner 'I Am', will now be producing a film revolving around a 17-year-old 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 28-04-2012 02:54 PM

    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' 26-03-2012 04:12 PM

    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 21-03-2012 09:35 AM

    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...
  • Filmmakers don't trust new writers: Onir 12-03-2012 08:28 PM

    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 tried-and-tested stories. "I don't think there are no writers or stories, there is a...
  • 'I Am' was most difficult to make: Onir 07-03-2012 08:23 PM

    Mumbai: Onir faced such tough times convincing Bollywood studios to finance his 'I Am' that he resorted to crowd-funding 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...
  • National Awards: 'I AM' Best Hindi Film 07-03-2012 12:57 PM

    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 28-02-2012 02:25 PM

    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 path-breaking...
  • I started my career with Bhupen Da: Onir 06-11-2011 06:39 PM

    New Delhi: Director Onir, who started his film career with Bhupen Hazarika, says he will always remember the late singer-composer 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...
  • Shaan has a tryst with acting 27-10-2011 10:49 AM

    Mumbai: Singer Shaan showcased his acting skills when he donned different get-ups 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...
  • 'I AM' to be screened in Spain film fest 24-10-2011 02:22 PM

    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...
  • To get actors, composers, Onir eyes social media 18-10-2011 11:45 AM

    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...
  • Bollywood directors explore dark realities 19-07-2011 03:43 PM

    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 choreographer-turned-filmmaker Kaushik Ghosh is set to spotlight how male...
  • Bollywood pays tribute to Director Mani Kaul 06-07-2011 02:42 PM

    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...
  • Bollywood celebs slam Azad's comments on MSM 05-07-2011 04:36 PM

    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...
  • 'I Am' heads for Kandy film festival 19-06-2011 02:28 PM

    New Delhi: Director Onir's "I Am" has been selected for the feature film line-up 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 micro-blogging site twitter....
  • Nepal gays seek inspiration from B-wood's 'I Am' 31-05-2011 02:00 PM

    Kathmandu: Still portrayed as buffoons, aliens and despicable people by their own silver screen story-tellers, Nepal's burgeoning gay community is now hoping Bollywood's path-breaking 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...
  • CJ: Filmmaker Onir speaks up for gay rights 30-04-2011 12:12 PM

    Filmmaker Onir turns Citizen Journalist to talk about article 377 and importance of gay rights. ...