Director at Anticlock films
Trained in film editing at SFB TTC, Berlin (1991), Onir directed and produced his first Documentary Film on painter Bijon Chaudhury “Fallen Hero” in 1992.
In 1999 he worked as the film editor, song designer, and song director of the film “Daman” directed by Kalpana Lajmi.
In 2004 with Sanjay Suri, Onir decided to produce his first film “My brother…Nikhil” which was to become the first mainstream that addressed the issue of homosexuality apart from dealing with issues of Human rights and HIV AIDS.
In Jan 2006 he started shooting his second feature film “Bas Ek Pal” with Juhi Chawla, Urmila Matondkar, Jimmy Sheirgill, Rehaan Engineer and Sanjay Suri. The film was released on the 15th of Sept 2006.
In 2007 he started his third film “Sorry Bhai!” under his and Sanjay’s home production ANTICLOCK FILMS. Sorry Bhai! starred Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, Sanjay Suri, Chitrangda Singh and Boman Irani.
In 2009, Anticlock Films started the unique citizen funded film project called ‘I AM’ which was Onir’s fourth feature film. The film had four stories which are interlinked by characters and shot across four cities in India. The films deal with stories that have never been addressed by mainstream Hindi cinema. The funds for the films have been through facebook and blogging. I AM is probably the first and largest crowd sourced film through social network in India. Over 400 people across 47cities across the world have come together to make this film. I AM was released to wide critical acclaim on 29th April 2011. I AM won the National Award for the Best Hindi Feature Film and Best Lyrics in the 59th National Awards 2012.
He recently completed an Indo-Australian documentary, “Raising The Bar”, about 6 youngsters with Down’s Syndrome, which won the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Award at the Indian Film Festival Melbourne (2016).