India, May 7 -- I

t's been a decade since Onir's national award-winning anthology film, I Am (2011), released to critical acclaim, but the filmmaker confesses that making it in the first place was a big challenge.

He reasons, "Each story was supposed to be separate film, but I realised it was impossible to finance any of it. I was constantly told by studios and platforms, 'There's no viewer for it'. Just out of stubbornness, I remember putting out a post, that 'I want to make this story, the first one is on child sexual abuse, if you believe this film needs to be made, either contribute by paying money or volunteer to work for it'. Ultimately, the film happened when all industry doors were shut."

Onir, 51, adds that when it comes to fina...