Onir loves to explore complex relationships in his films Image: Fotocorp
Onir's films, be it My Brother... Nikhil (2005) or I Am (2010), have always delved into complex relationships. The National Award-winning director, whose next film Shab is about coming to terms with oneself and accepting other people as they are, says he sees releationships in a different way compared to his contemporaries. The film, starring Raveena Tandon, has been in the face of controversies because of several intimate scenes, but Onir insists that it's certainly not his ploy to sell his film.
"All these years, people have thought that I make controversial films. But I never treat my subject in a way which is sleazy or controversial. I always have a genuine and sincere approach to tell the story," Onir told T2Online in an interview.
That's also the reason the 48-year-old never worries about the censor board while making his films. Interestingly, Shab, despite the explicit scenes, has escaped the Central Board of Film Certification's (CBFC) scissor-hands. An elated Onir says, "I always have had a smooth run with the board. When Shab was screened for the board, I was a little apprehensive though. Luckily, they liked my film and appreciated my effort. They asked me not to worry about A or U/A certificate. They will just mute four words but there are no visual cuts. They didn't spoil the film. They have let it go as it is."
Shab, which means night, is a very special script for Onir as it was his first creation, which he wrote back in 2000 when he worked as an editor on Kalpana Lajmi's Daman, also starring Raveena Tandon. So, that was the time he had decided to cast Raveena and Daman's male lead Sanjay Suri for Shab. But when he made the film over a decade later, Suri backed out as the protagonist, and decided to turn producer for his good friend's dream project.
"After making four films, I felt actually more ready to deal with Shab, which needed an extensive amount of time. I wrote the film in 2000 but I didn't make it because I thought it might be perceived as bold at that time. So, I made a few other films before. But I never shelved this film (Shab). It grew with me as I grew as a filmmaker. In 2014, I thought I had waited enough and started working on Shab. The film needed a year to shoot as we have shown four different seasons with my four characters," says Onir.
Besides Raveena, the film stars Bengali actor Arpita Chatterjee, French actor Simon Frenay, and marks the debut of Delhi-based model Ashish Bisht.Read More: