Onir's film sensitively handles the theme of homosexuality. Karan Johar says, " I AM ... is a very sensitive and engaging collage of four stories woven skillfully by Onir. Each story plays out effectively on screen to illustrate the fact that cinema is a medium of the heart as much as it is of the mind. Another reason why the film is close to my heart is that my close friend Juhi (Chawla) turns producer with this venture. I AM ... is definitely a film to watch out for!"
The film is a tale of 4 stories woven together that takes audiences through issues and dilemmas that bruise the modern Indian society. The film unfolds many a tale of individuals struggling to find their identity, and uphold their dignity in a world that is callous, cold and unsympathetic.
Sanjay Suri and Onir's I AM , the first crowd sourced mainstream Hindi film is co-produced by over 400 people from 35 cities across the world and comes to a theatre near you April 22, 2011.
Directed by: Onir
It consists of four short films: "Omar", "Afia", "Abhimanyu", and "Megha". Each film shares the common theme of fear and each is also based on real life stories. The film was financed by donations from more than 400 different people around the world, many of whom donated through social networking sites like Facebook. There are 4 stories but the characters are interwoven with each story Abhimanyu is based child abuse, Omar on gay rights, Megha about Kashmiri Pandits and Afia on sperm donation.
Produced by: Sanjay Suri,Onir
Screenplay by: Onir,Urmi Juvekar,Merle Kroeger
Story by: Onir,Urmi Juvekar,Merle Kroeger
Cast: Juhi Chawla,Manisha Koirala,Rahul Bose,Nandita Das,Arjun Mathur,Abhimanyu Singh,Sanjay Suri,Anurag Kashyap,Purab Kohli,Shernaz Patel,Radhika Apte,Anurag Basu,Manav Kaul
Music by: Pritam,Amit Trivedi,Vivek Philip,Rajiv Bhalla
Cinematography: Arvind Kannabiran
Editing by: Onir,Irene Dhar Malik
Distributed by: PVR (Springboard films)
Release date: April 22, 2011