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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Film about homosexuality impresses KJo

Karan Johar
Filmmaker Karan Johar has been raving about the film I AM directed by Onir that has also gone on to win several international awards. I AM was bestowed the David Flint Honorary Award For Promoting Human Rights, Awarded the Best in Asian Cinema (NETPAC) at the International Film Festival of Kerala '2010.Furthur. It went on to win the Audience Choice Award, Best Film, River To River Film Festival, Florence '2010 and was the opening film at the IVIEW Engendered Film Festival in New York, Sept 2010.

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


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