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Filmmaker Sandeep Malani is glad that the actress is making a comeback and he is planning to create a documentary on her acting career
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; October 10, 2012)
In an ideal world, film reviewers won’t dare to make a film. But then, we don’t live in an ideal world and Sandeep Malani loves to challenge stereotypes. This reviewer-turned-filmmaker with a Sindhi surname prefers to call himself a Mangalorean as he was born and brought up down in Karnataka. He is currently looking forward to the release of his debut Hindi Janleva 555.
The film has Kalpana Pandit in the leading role and features several newcomers. Sandeep is also a huge Sridevi fan and the interesting part is that the actress knows it too. In a freewheeling chat, the 40-year-old director talks about his upcoming film, his favourite actress and much more.
First of all, tell me something about your early days as a filmmaker? My dad was a film distributor and he was the one who introduced me to cinema. As a journalist, I used to review South Indian and Hindi films. I’ve even acted in a couple of Konkani, Kannada and Tulu movies. Writing about movies and acting in a few of them gave me the chance to pen a script for a Kannada film. That’s how I got into filmmaking.
When exactly did Bollywood happen? After moving to Mumbai, I made a Pahaadi film called Woh 5 Din. Then I directed some short films including Jojo Laali – revolving around HIV AIDS – which won me and Kalpana Pandit several awards. Then I More >
By Taran Adarsh, April 25, 2011 – 11:56 IST
This seems like the most accomplished Friday, after a long, long time. Certain stories that were considered blasphemous, even sacrilege, that lay buried in the dark, with film-makers not wanting to touch with a bargepole, are gradually finding their way on the Hindi screen. Onir, however, attempts to narrate four different stories in I AM. The topics range from artificial insemination, child sexual abuse and homosexuality. Oh yes, Onir had always chosen the path less travelled, but with I AM, he goes a step forward. Er… four steps forward.
I AM is a collection of four stories – each tackling a societal issue. Each of these stories seems straight out of life and the commonality is the emotion called fear. In fact, each of these stories takes the viewer on a journey that many of us may have encountered/witnessed/heard of, but discussed in hushed tones. These dilemmas bruise the Indian society at large and the sad part is that we are generally insensitive, indifferent and uncaring towards them.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
I AM – OMAR
OMAR reveals the nexus between the police and male sex workers to blackmail and abuse gay men. This story is set in the criminalization of homosexuality days. This law was often used by the police to harass and extort money from gay men. OMAR tells the story of how, because of fear of society and law, gay men were blackmailed.
This story brings to light a shocking incident where sex More >
GANESH NALLARI, A VICTIM OF CHILD ABUSE, CHANGES HIS NAME TO ABHIMANYU, PROTAGONIST OF FILM BASED ON HIS LIFE
SUBHASH K JHA (Mid-Day; April 23, 2011)
HYDERABAD- based designer Ganesh Nallari will now be called Ganesh Abhimanyu Nallari. Abhimanyu is the name of the character based on Ganesh’s life, that faces child abuse in Onir’s film I Am . Onir’s film on marginal people has a segment devoted to portraying the trauma of an abused child Abhimanyu, whose older version is played by Sanjay Suri.
This character is based fashion designer Ganesh.
Ganesh, who recently saw the film was so moved to see his life come to cinematic fruition that he decided to alter his name officially.
But it’s not just the name that has changed for Ganesh.
His life was radically transformed as after watching the film as he came out clean in front of his parents for the first time about the molestation he had suffered as a child.
Speaking how the film has changed Ganesh’s life, Onir said, “ Ganesh Nallari will now officially be known as Ganesh Abhimanyu Nallari. It was his decision. I was shaking with fear when I showed him the film. My faith in what I’ve attempted depended on his response.” The director added, “ After the film Ganesh finally told his parents what he had suffered.
It feels wonderful to know that somewhere my film has liberated a character who inspired one of the stories in my film. Ganesh’s journey into self- realisation began when he called me to tell that More >
SUBHASH K JHA (Mid-Day; August 7, 2009)
Unable to gather sufficient funds for five different films, filmmaker Onir has decided to merge the five films and release it as one. The film’s budget is approximately Rs 1.5 crore. He made My Brother Nikhil four years ago at the same budget.
Own your film
The filmmaker is using unconventional funding to make this film. He announced on Facebook that anyone could own their new film called I Am. There was an avalanche of volunteer producers. At last count, they had 300-350 producers. The entire crew will be paid only when the film gets sold.
Says Onir, “It started with my determination to make a film called You & I on child abuse. No producer or corporate house was willing to back the project. They didn’t find it a ‘safe’ project. Sanjay Suri came up with the idea of doing five different films in one, all financed by different people.
I decided to go for an unusual form of funding and extend the ideas of identity and the fear of sustaining that identity in a world of cynicism and intolerance. Five different stories will be released as one film in India.”
The most interesting part of this cinematic experiment is that they’re all based on the brutalisation of true characters who will make an appearance at the end of each segment. Each film will be shot in a different city Mumbai, Delhi, Srinagar and Kolkata. Each character is culture-specific to the city. Every story has a contemporary resonance.”
Hum 5! 1. I Am Omar Starring: Rahul More >