People I meet: 26
1/3 @iamonir @thewinterwriter
The man in the picture above is Onir, a Bengali intellectual who is actually a multi-talented film director. His words speak for his actions and his actions speak for his work, and his work is something simply fabulous. The movies he makes, the ideas he brings out and the concepts enlarged through them are something only one can put out if they watch his movies. I met him at his place to know what makes him as he is, today. So here's what we talked.
Yash: So Onir, how did this journey of you getting into films start?
Onir: My mother was interested in the whole idea of films, subconsciously it got into me somewhere and it just kept me going. I remember watching a film with the name Junoon by Shyam Benegal it had a huge impact on me. And was something from where I started appreciating the art.
Yash: So how did the real journey of filmmaking start? How did the struggle take place?
Onir: First of all, I don't like to call my journey as a struggle, it demeans the whole amount of effort I've put in. Or for that sake, any individual has put. And to talk about my journey, I applied at places I wanted and then got the scholarship to Berlin. I studied there came back to Kolkata.
Yash: Why did you come back? Why not stay there and make movies?
Onir: I had to tell the stories of this land. My stories were of the people from this place, how could I not?
Yash: That's right. So tell me about you coming to Bombay?
Onir: Mumbai gave wheels to my dreams. This place was already ready for the setup I wanted. When I started working here, I felt my work is validated. And today I'm living the life I dreamt of, because of the decisions I've taken.
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