The time is ripe for non-main­stream films: Onir

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety -

Films like Tal­var and Masaan have done well, de­spite not be­ing main­stream Onir, di­rec­tor

With non­main­stream films and com­plex sub­jects gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity with au­di­ences, film­maker Onir (right) hopes that his de­but pro­duc­tion, which is about class op­pres­sion in ru­ral In­dia, will get the same re­sponse.

“There is a great amount of ac­cep­tance in the au­di­ences now. Films like Tal­var, Killa and Masaan have done well, de­spite not be­ing main­stream. They have re­ceived a great re­sponse. I think it is a very good time to re­lease a film like this, as the au­di­ence is open­ing up to sto­ries like th­ese,” he says.

The film has been pro­duced by ac­tor Sanjay Suri and Onir, and stars Sanjay, Tan­nishtha Chat­ter­jee Ar­pita Pal Chat­ter­jee, So­ham Maitra, Rid­dhi Sen and Dhriti­man Chat­ter­jee.

The movie, di­rected by Bikas Ran­jan Mishra, has been a re­sound­ing suc­cess at film fes­ti­vals, with wins at IF­FLA 2015 and MAMI last year. For Onir, fes­ti­val glory is great, but the real sat­is­fac­tion is to see the film reach its in­tended au­di­ence. “It is a spe­cial project for me and Sanjay. It’s been a very sat­is­fy­ing jour­ney — right from the mak­ing of the film to the fes­ti­val tours. Now, we will fi­nally be able to bring it to the au­di­ence. The whole point of mak­ing a movie is to take it to the au­di­ence,” he says.

The My Brother Nikhil helmer said what urged him to pro­duce this film was its nar­ra­tive about the un­told story of ru­ral In­dia. “The script was en­gross­ing. It’s about the world I knew lit­tle of and wanted to know more. It is set in ru­ral In­dia,” says Onir. “I am a very ur­ban per­son, so it was a new tale for me. We don’t re­alise that in ru­ral In­dia, peo­ple are dif­fer­ent from us. It is a whole dif­fer­ent world out there, which one needs to un­der­stand,” he adds.

PHOTO: AMLAN DUTTA

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