Film-maker Onir has been riding on a high currently, with his recent TEDx Talk, his upcoming – Shab & now winning the prestigious Hollywood International independent Documentary Awards, November 2016 Edition for his Indo- Australian Documentary called ‘Raising The Bar’. The film was premiered at Indian Film Festival Melbourne in August 2016.
“Raising The Bar is a beautiful and authentic insight into human potential, and society’s influence on all of us,” said Cate Sayers, Founder and Director of e.motion21.
With an overwhelming support from the local community in Australia, e.motion21 brought a group of 60 youths with Down Syndrome and their care givers, to India. The documentary captures the lives of 6 of these Indian and Australian children/youth with Down’s Syndrome who met at the World Down Syndrome Congress, In Chennai. The documentary was shot in Melbourne, Kolhapur, Delhi, Agra & Chennai.
The film has been produced by Cate Sayers from emotions 21, Mitu Bhowmik, Mindblowing films Australia and Onir & Sanjay Suri owned Anticlock Films. “Raising The Bar is a beautiful and authentic insight into human potential, and society’s influence on all of us,” said Mitu.
For Onir, working on a documentary after nearly 25 years was an emotional feeling. “It was a precious journey… the love & affection I felt from all the people I met is something I will cherish forever! The film celebrates acceptance, diversity & its beauty and I couldn’t be prouder to be associated with such a project.”
Onir is currently looking forward to his upcoming film Shab that is due to release in the first quarter of 2017. The film stars the ravishing actress, Raveena Tandon in a comeback of sorts and new comer Ashish Bisht along with Bengali actress Arpita Chatterjee. The film will also introduce French Actor Simon Frenay. Actor Sanjay Suri is also playing a cameo in the film.