The Sindh International Film Festival began on February 10, in Karachi at Nueplex Cinemas. The two-day event was a part of the on-going Sindh Festival and saw big names from both Pakistan and across the border. One of the esteemed guests was the face of independent cinema in India, film director Onir, who attended the festival as both one of its official guests and a jury member. Onir is a Bangladeshi-Indian film director, editor, writer and producer. He is best known for his film, My Brother… Nikhil one of the first mainstream Hindi films to deal with issues like AIDS.
After being jury to the Sindh Film Festival, Onir now intends on auditioning actors for his next film venture on February 14, 3pm onwards at the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa), according to Napa’s official Facebook page. This is a great opportunity and all aspiring actors should avail it. The upcoming film is based on an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. He is also working on several other projects, so his objective for holding these auditions is long term. Building bridges between India and Pakistan is high on his list of aspirations. He enjoys working with Pakistani talent and has in the past used an Atif Aslam song in one of his films, Bass Ek Pal.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 14th, 2014.