The movie, directed by Varsha Panikar and Saad Nawab, stems from poetry and private experiences
“The movie delves into themes of id, want, discovery, sensuality and intimacy,” says Varsha Panikar about Our bodies of Need, which is predicated on her poetry sequence of the identical title.
The spoken phrase, queer quick movie, directed by Varsha and Saad Nawab, was launched final month and has been nominated and shortlisted at festivals, together with the Berlin Industrial.
Stating that the movie has a common story, Varsha says, “Now we have proven totally different sexualities and the range of those who exist in cities. It comes from my very own experiences: these are the form of individuals I do know, that is the form of love I perceive and have seen. I hope when individuals watch the movie, they can see it from that lens, freed from bias and prejudice, and never simply see it as a queer movie.
“Having stated that, within the present socio-political local weather, it’s a queer movie made by queer individuals,” she provides.
Of the 9 individuals within the movie, solely two are skilled actors. “They’re from totally different walks of life; there’s a copywriter, designer, activist, and a drag artiste. We wished variety as a result of we wished to make use of the movie as a medium to showcase queer lives. So, we have been in search of individuals from the group,” says Varsha, who has additionally supplied the voiceover for the movie.
Provides Saad, “We have been aiming for a form of authenticity that comes with individuals who haven’t confronted the digicam earlier than. It’s much less about intercourse, and extra in regards to the concept of intimacy. That’s what we have been making an attempt to intention at. So, there have been sure boundaries that we wished them to be snug with but additionally come collectively in a sure manner.”
The administrators had an intimacy coach providing steering on set, an unusual follow in India. Says Varsha, “It’s worthwhile to create areas which can be secure, particularly when taking pictures one thing like intimacy. It’s worthwhile to focus on the boundaries of consent and what the actors are snug with.”
The movie additionally touches as regards to feminine pleasure. As Varsha states, “There’s a nonetheless a number of disgrace related to sexuality and want.” She provides, “These are fundamental human feelings. I don’t assume individuals must shrink back from it anymore. We’re in 2020; it’s excessive time we moved on.”
Our bodies of Need could be streamed on YouTube.