His debut film My Brother Nikhil is still being talked about (it recently won the audience choice award at the Gay and Lesbian film festival at Milan). Now Onir is back with his second film, Bas Ek Pal, slated to release on August 25.
This time, too, the focus is on relationships. “It is an urban tale. It is a story that deals with relationships and how people’s perceptions change when they interact closely. It is a kind of a Greek tragedy. Be ready for a shocking end,” says Onir. The tragedy is not because of the actions of the characters but because of the circumstances.
Bas Ek Pal stars Urmila Matondkar, Jimmy Shergill and Onir’s favourites, Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Suri.
Unlike My Brother Nikhil, this film has a glamorous look. That is deliberate. “I want to reach out to the mainstream audience but without making any compromises,” says the young filmmaker from Kolkata who plans to make an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet with, perhaps, Hrithik Roshan in the lead.
There are many relationship stories in Bollywood, so how different will Bas Ek Pal be? “In terms of treatment, in terms of using colours going with the theme of the film it will be different,” says Onir, who is all praise for Urmila Matondkar. “She plays an independent girl, a bit flirtatious, but an interaction with another individual brings a change in her,” he says.
“There is no love triangle here. There is no hero-heroine story. In fact, it is difficult to say at this stage who is cast opposite whom in the film,” adds the director whose film will be shown at the 8th Osian Cinefan Film Festival in Delhi next month.
Bas Ek Pal has six tracks, composed by Vivek Phillip, Mithoon and Pritam. However, the music has been used differently. “The songs are used in the background as a montage,” adds Onir.