Did you know? : Bollywood director Onir is holding auditions for actors at Napa

Published: February 13, 2014
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Onir is best known for his film, My Brother… Nikhil one of the first mainstream Hindi films to deal with issues like AIDS.

Onir is best known for his film, My Brother… Nikhil one of the first mainstream Hindi films to deal with issues like AIDS.

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.

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  • gp65
    Feb 14, 2014 - 12:04AM

    “He is best known for his film, My Brother… Nikhil one of the first mainstream Hindi films to deal with issues like AIDS.”

    By no means is this the first movie to deal with the plight of those who have some challenges not faced by the common people. Koshish was a movie in the 70s which empathetically portrayed the life of those who cannot hear and as a consequence not speak either. Sparsh in the 1980s provided the perspective of a blind person. And the deaf mute in Koshish or the blind person in Sparsh were not a side show but rather the main protagonists of the movie. Other sensitive issues such as plight of a child born out of wedlock was covered in the 1950s in the movie Dharma putra, that of a raped woman in Insaaf Ka Tarazoo in 1980.

    In fact the very specific subject of AIDS was covered one year prior to My Brother Nikhil (which released in 2005) in the movie Phir Milenge (released in 2004). And yes – Phir Milenge which had Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Abhishekh Bachhan was definitely as mainstream – if not more than My brother Nikhil.Recommend

  • ajay gupta
    Feb 14, 2014 - 12:27PM

    He is not bangladeshi indian……he is an indian frm bengal, or a bengali indian. The lack of awareness about bengal continues to this day in pakistan. No wonder the two nation thwory was never going to work!

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  • Apr 29, 2014 - 10:38AM

    i need to this superstar

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