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Iffla 2011 Diary: Onir’s I Am

17 April 2011 10:40 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Onir’s I Am has already gained pre-release reputation as the first crowd-sourced film in Hindi cinema. Laudable achievement indeed! If that gave him the independence to make the kind of film he wanted, this development bodes well for crowd sourcing. It is a testimony to the integrity of the artist to have molded that energy into something meaningful. For a strategic Saturday night viewing in Los Angeles, the film brought full theater and loud applause in the end, bright signs for the kind of film it is and for Onir himself, whose presence was sorely missed.

I Am is an anthology of four stories by one director. There isn’t enough space here to quibble about the exact term for this form, which presents multiple (here: four) short films thematically linked together, let us note that over the past two decades or so, world cinema has witnessed resurgence of »

- Shekhar Deshpande

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