AFIA, also referred to as I AM AFIA, is a short film by ONIR. Shot in Kolkata (Calcutta), the film's star cast has Nandita Das and Purab Kohli in lead roles. Screenplay is by Urmi Juvekar. Afia is produced by Sanjay Suri and Onir.
Synopsis from the official facebook page:
The desire to have a child is normal, even mandatory but when a single woman wants a child, debates rage; the very social fabric is threatened.
Afia's story is of one such woman who wants to experience motherhood. Afraid of the ticking clock and unable to trust or even wait for a man; Afia decides to find that perfect donor who can give her the perfect child. Her search to have that child takes her through the underbelly of desire- desperation.
Along the way, what is deeply intimate and personal is questioned and challenged; borders between personal freedom and confirming with the stereotype are blurred. Nothing seems human any more under the high tech electronic microscopes.
Onir is a critically acclaimed director, and has delivered thoughtful movies, including My Brother Nikhil (2005) [Buy DVD Online] starring Juhi Chawla, Sanjay Suri, Victor Banerjee, Lillete Dubey, Dipannita Sharma, Gautam Kapoor, Shweta Kwatra, Shayan Munshi, Peeya Rai Chowdhary and Purab Kohli; and Sorry Bhai (2008) [Buy DVD] starring Sanjay Suri, Sharman Joshi, Chitrangada Singh, Boman Irani and Shabana Azmi.
Watch an online video interview of film-maker Onir in a candid and intimate chat via Eros Entertainment.