"There are four directors working on the film. Three of
them are acting, while I'm directing it," said Onir.
"It was quite a coincidence to sign Anurag Basu. I stepped
into a coffee shop one day and he came running to me asking
for some money to pay the bill because he had forgotten his
wallet at home. I gave it and realised he was perfect for the
role of a doctor in the 'Afia' part," said 40-year-old
"After paying the bill, he returned to thank me and I
just told him that you can keep the money as the signing amount
and do my film. He was sweet enough to say yes and did the role."
So wasn't it difficult to work with so many directors?
"I didn't face any difficulty. If you trust and respect
each other, no problems happen. Each one is doing his job,"
Onir's first film as a director was the critically acclaimed
"My Brother... Nikhil". Released in 2005, it dealt
with homosexuality. After that he directed "Bas Ek Pal"
(2006) and "Sorry Bhai!"(2008).
"I Am" is Onir's fourth film and he says its finance
has been arranged in a unique way.
"Very often on Facebook I used to get messages from people
interested in films but they were scared as the money involved
in moviemaking is huge. So I just put up a post on my account
saying I want to make this film and if you believe in this subject
and if you want this film to be made, become a co-owner which
you could do by just putting Rs.1,000.
"I said another thing they could do was to put in Rs.100,000
or something and get a percentage of the profit," said
Almost 300 people contributed and the money collected just
through social networking sites was approximately Rs.85 lakh.
The remaining amount was contributed by certain actors and producers
of the film.
Also starring Manisha Koirala, Juhi Chawla and Rahul Bose,
the film is slated to release around July.