Free Press Journal
  • Casting couch still exists in Mumbai: ‘Shab’ actor

    New Delhi: “Are you comfortable in bed?” This is a question Ashish Bisht recounts being asked by film producers to newcomers and aspirants — like him — looking to make it big in Bollywood.

  • 68th Republic Day: Celebs speak

    To some it may be just another holiday, but to any discerning Indian, January 26 is a day to be proud of. It was on this day India became a republic, accepted the Constitution for the people and by the people, took oath to head the nation on a judicious path. But even after decades, India is still grappling with the issues of social injustice, economical inequality and corruption. On 68th Republic

  • Onir feels `Charaunga` deserves national award

    New Delhi: Bollywood acclaimed director Onir, who is known for his independent cum commercial flicks, has now donned the producer’s hat for Bikas Ranjan Mishra’s directorial debut ‘Chauranga’. Onir, whose last flick ‘I AM’ grabbed the national award, was recently in the national capital to promote ‘Chauranga’ along with the star cast.

  • 100-crore clubs a challenge for independent filmmakers: Onir

    Mumbai: Known for making socially relevant off-beat movies, filmmaker Onir feels the biggest challenge an independent film faces today is of distribution and the Rs 100-crore clubs. Onir, best known for directing films like the same sex relationship drama “My Brother…Nikhil” and anthology film “I Am”, says directors are willing to tackle bold subjects, but are unable to do so because of the economics.

  • Censor board’s cuts in ‘Chauranga’ unfair: Onir

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Onir is sad that his social-drama “Chauranga” has run into trouble with the censor board while much more “regressive stuff” gets away in the name of entertainment. Produced by Onir and Sanjay Suri, “Chauranga” is a story of a young boy who faces death for writing a love letter in a village steeped in caste-hierarchy.

  • ‘Chauranga’ will have acceptance now: Onir

    New Delhi: With non-mainstream films and complex subjects getting limelight and acceptance by audience, filmmaker Onir hopes his upcoming production “Chauranga”, about class oppression in rural India, will benefit from the present scenario. Onir says the successful run of films like “Masaan”, “Talvar” and “Killa” is a very positive sign, especially for a filmmaker like him, who likes to tread on uncharted territory with his movies.

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    Now showing: Rights agenda and sexuality on the big screen

    In this one-on-one, excerpted from Brave New Bollywood: In Conversation With Contemporary Hindi Filmmaker’ by Nirmal Kumar and Preeti Chaturvedi, Onir talks about making movies with crowd sourced funds and depicting pertinent issues like women’s rights, religious divide, child abuse across sexuality.

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    Onir in no hurry to direct ‘Life In A…Metro 2’

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Onir says he will begin working on the sequel of “Life In A…Metro” only once he is done making “Shab” and another film that he has on his plate.

  • ‘Shab’ to release in 2015: Onir

    Panaji: National-award winning director Onir said his upcoming human-psyche drama ‘Shab’ would be released during first quarter of next year.