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MM.com had an exclusive chat with filmmaker Onir on his latest film ‘I Am’, an alleged cold war with Rahul Bose, and what makes a film ‘commercial’Varun Vazir | MM Online Bureau (May 02, 2011)
Onir, whose film I Am released last Friday, confesses that he did not have money to pay his actors yet managed to assemble a strong cast comprising Nandita Das, Juhi Chawla, Rahul Bose, Sanjay Suri and Abhimanyu Singh.
The film was shot in a mere 24 days at a budget of Rs 3 crores. Excerpts from an interview:
I Am released on Friday along with four other films. Does that make you apprehensive?
Each film is of a different genre and defines its own audience. Anything good will find its audience. Footfall in the theatres has been increasing as there is a good buzz surrounding the film.
How did you manage to assemble such a cast?
We did not have money to offer the actors. Each of the cast members did this film only because the script excited them.
Which is your favorite story out of the four?
‘I Am Megha’ is very special to me as it is based on the loss of home and identity. I was born and brought up in Bhutan and had to leave the country due to political situations. Loss of home is a subject that touches me personally.
Rahul Bose was annoyed with you because you used his kissing scene with Arjun Mathur for publicity.
Rahul and I have a different take on that. I feel a scene of two people kissing is a beautiful emotion. There is no drama between me and Rahul. We respect More >
Director Nishikant Kamat takes a break from direction, to play a man with bipolar disorderBy Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 04, 2010)
Nishikant Kamat, director of Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008), has taken a break from scripting and pre-production of his next directorial venture staring John Abraham. Instead, he is doing a lead role in Room No 404. He plays a young college professor suffering from a common but rarely detected psychological aberration known as bipolar disorder.
Speaking from Dehradun, where the film is being shot, Nishikant says, “I took up this challenge of acting for two reasons. I needed a break from writing and preparing for my next direction, and I had been at it for two and a half years. But more importantly, when director Prawaal Raman narrated the script to me, I was completely zapped by the subject.”
After accepting the role, Nishikant read up on the disease and discovered it to be a prevalent form of acute depression. He elaborates, “To me, spreading the message that bipolar disorder is a disease that needs to be checked is as important as conveying the message of communalism in Mumbai Meri Jaan.”
After the film, in which Tisca Arora Chopra plays his wife and director Satish Kaushik a colleague, Nishikant is done with social statements. He goes straight for the jugular in his next directorial venture with John to be shot in July-August in Montreal.
Incidentally, this isn’t Nishikant’s first tryst with acting. He has played the lead More >