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Books: The importance of being Onir

ByUrvee ModwelUrvee Modwel
Aug 19, 2022 07:22 PM IST

For the filmmaker, putting his life down on paper means much more than telling his story. It means the empowerment and education of entire communities.

National award-winning filmmaker, best known for My Brother Nikhil and I Am, has just released his autobiography, I am Onir and I am Gay, at age 53. Too young to do a book on his life, you think? Not when you realise that the experiences of a queer man trying to navigate his identity, sexuality and passion are enough to—quite literally—fill a book.

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(Clockwise from top) With his sister Irene and brother Abhishek on either side of him; Around 1971 with his father Aparesh Dhar, mother Manjushree Dhar, and his two siblings in Bhutan; Onir and his brother on top of their grandfather’s tractor in Odisha, where they used to go on holidays
(Clockwise from top) With his sister Irene and brother Abhishek on either side of him; Around 1971 with his father Aparesh Dhar, mother Manjushree Dhar, and his two siblings in Bhutan; Onir and his brother on top of their grandfather’s tractor in Odisha, where they used to go on holidays
The pioneer
The pioneer
Onir wants his book (above) to help others who may not have the courage to be their true selves
Onir wants his book (above) to help others who may not have the courage to be their true selves
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