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Nimisha Sajayan to Collaborate with Filmmaker Onir on ‘We Are’, the Sequel to Anthology Film ‘I Am’

Nimisha Sajayan, the Malayalam actor who was last seen in Nayattu, will be collaborating with filmmaker Onir on the upcoming film We Are, the sequel to his 2010 anthology film I Am, Filmfare reported.


Confirming the news on social media, Onir wrote that he had been wanting to work with the “brilliant and beautiful actor” ever since he watched Nimisha’s films, The Great Indian Kitchen and Nayattu. “Thrilled to be finally working with her soon in We Are which is a sequel to our national award-winning film I Am,” he added.

Nimisha expressed her excitement to be part of the project and noted that We Are is a ‘powerful story’.  She also thanked filmmaker Geetu Mohandas and casting director Shaneem for their support.

I Am, the anthology consisting of four short films, titled Omar, Afia, Abhimanyu and Megha, was released in 2010 in Hindi, English, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali and Kashmiri. It won the National Award for Best Hindi Film and Best Lyrics in 2012.

The anthology film featured Nandita Das, Juhi Chawla, Manisha Koirala, Arjun Mathur, Radhika Apte and Rahul Bose, amongst others. It was produced by pooling donations from over 400 people around the world.

All four short stories in I Am revolve around the common theme of fear and are based on real-life stories. The film addressed sensitive topics such as child abuse, LGBTQIA+ rights, sperm donation and Kashmiri Pandits.


We Are will have around four different stories following the same format and its filming is set to begin in September this year, according to the Filmfare report.

Nimisha Sajayan, who made her debut with Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, won the 2019 Kerala State award for Best Actress for her performances in Chola and Oru Kuprasidha Payyan.

The actor will be next seen in Malik, which will release on Amazon Prime Video on July 15. Nimisha is also a part of Rajeev Ravi and Nivin Pauly‘s Thuramukham, whose release date is yet to be announced, and the British Indian film Footprints on Water.