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Onir eyes social media to get actors, composers

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Onir, known to bring taboo subjects like homosexuality into the mainstream, says his next film ‘Shab’ will tell the love story of a gigolo and a prostitute. Also, he is planning to take the use of social networking sites in filmmaking to the next level.

"I will be directing 'Shab', which means night. It is set in Delhi. Right now finalising the draft of the script. In one line, it is a love story between a gigolo and a prostitute," Onir, 42, told IANS on the sidelines of the 13th Mumbai Film Festival.

"I will start shooting the film after wrapping up my production venture 'Chauranga'. We will start shooting 'Chauranga' in January and expect to complete it by mid-February."

The director had raised funds for his film ‘I AM’ through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

"I will start again the process of sourcing people, talking to financiers, and definitely a part of it will be crowd-funded because whoever has been part of 'I AM' wanted to come back as part of our future project," he said.

After "I AM", he will continue with crowd-funding with ‘Chauranga’, which will be a Rs.3 crore movie. "We started crowd-sourcing for 'Chauranga' by launching a contest for publicity design on social networking sites and got 60 designs from Spain, Bangladesh, the UK and small towns in India and found it exciting."

Onir was speaking at the Open Forum of the Mumbai Film Fest on ‘Queering India: Gay And Lesbian Portrayals In New India Cinema’.

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