Filmmaker Onir announced on Wednesday he is in the saddle for an LGBTQ-themed film ‘We Are’, a sequel to his National Award-winning 2011 anthology, ‘I am’.
Indian-Canadian producer Shant Joshi is aiding the film via Canada-based Fae Pictures along with Onir and actor-producer Sanjay Suri of Anticlock Films.
‘We Are’ portrays four LGBTQ-themed stories from all across the South Asian subcontinent.
The film, co-written by Onir and Fawzia Mirza, is set to be released next year.
"Looking forward to the sequel to our film 'I Am', 'We Are' in partnership with @FaePictures. Excited to collaborate with @thefawz as co-writer. We will be shooting this film in 2021 as a celebration of queer lives in the subcontinent," the 51-year-old director tweeted.
‘I Am’ was an amalgamation of four real-life short stories shedding light on issues that need to be talked about -- gay rights, child abuse, sperm donation and Kashmiri pandits. The anthology featured Juhi Chawla, Manisha Koirala, Rahul Bose, Nandita Das, Arjun Mathur, among others.
On their official Twitter page, Fae Pictures said 'We Are', backed in association with Baby Daal Productions, will chronicle stories from Kashmir, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Bengaluru about "navigating queer love in all its forms".
Onir last helmed the 2018 romantic-drama 'Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz'.