Bodies of Desire — A Sensual Celebration of Genderless Love and Desire
Using Varsha Panikar’s poetry series of the same name as the point of departure, Bodies of Desire is a visual poetry film co-directed by Panikar and Saad Nawab. The film captures four sets of lovers amid passion; to create a portrait of tender intimacy, of longing, of discovery, of desire, of embrace and care, of profound companionship. It is a sensual celebration of gender-less love and desire, inspired by the poet’s lived reality. Directed by Saad Nawab & Varsha Panikar Continue reading: https://www.nowness.asia/story/bodies-of-desire-varsha-panikar-saad-nawab _______________________________________ Subscribe to NOWNESS here: http://bit.ly/youtube-nowness Daily exclusives for the culturally curious: http://www.nowness.asia Behind the scenes on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nownessasia Like NOWNESS ASIA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nownessasia Follow NOWNESS ASIA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nownessasia Inspiration on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/nowness Staff Picks on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/nowness
After So Long | बरसों बाद
After So Long // बरसों बाद Premiered on Nowness.Asia in March 2022, and curated by GirlsInFilm(UK). Nominated for One Earth Awards 2022 'After So Long // बरसों बाद' is a visual poetry set in Mumbai (India) and voiced by Simha and their parents to symbolise their connection with each other; a walkabout through time and memories from the point of view of the artist. Directed by Varsha Panikar and produced by Star Hopper Studios, the film takes inspiration from vintage-home-movie culture to create a contemplative and nostalgic vignette of an artist’s spiritual journey out of the darkness and into the light. As a queer BIPOC artist born in India and raised in the US, Simha felt a certain indignant disconnect from their own ancestry. Written in part-Hindi and part-English, “After So Long // बरसों बाद” serves as an homage to these roots and Simha’s collaboration with other queer South Asian artists and the choice to use India as the backdrop for this video is a true example of that. Also the title track of Simha’s upcoming EP by the same name, “After So Long // बरसों बाद” was written by Simha and Jae during the pandemic of 2020, and delves into themes of identity, belonging and mental-health. Poem by Simha & Jae Directed by Varsha Panikar Cinematography and grading by Tanmay Chowdhary Editing by Asawari Jagushte Produced by Star Hopper Studios Music Production by Simha Hindi editing by Rama Garimella Recited by Simha, Rama Garimella, Annaji Garimella Featured cast Vaishakh Sudhakaran English Translation by Nhylar Special thanks to Dhiraj Bediskar, Almeida Family, Nihaarika Negi
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GITS | #ThankYouBhaiya Directed by: Varsha Panikar & Saad Nawab Producer: C.N. Yogi, White Petals Productions Cinematography : Kaushal Shah Production Designer: Ankula Verma Wardrobe Stylist : Ankita Jha Casting: Rahul Tanwar, Aditya Apastamb Music Director: Mangesh Gandhi Editor: Parth Jay Vyas Voice Over: Varsha Panikar Agency : Togglehead Digital Pvt Ltd Executive Creative Director : Prashant Gaikwad Sr. Copy Writer : Mohammed Hatim Sadriwala Agency Producer : Rishabh Gaba Account Manager: Karishma Taurani & Sai Podwal Client: GITS Cast: Jitendra Lad, Varun Tiwari, Shahnawaz Alam, Alisha Salunkhe Associate Producer: Arijit Line Producer: Jasbinnder Singh UPM: Dharam Singh Direction Team: Siddharth Potade, Naushad Ahmad 1st AC: Dheeraj Sharma Focus Puller: Rahul Gaikwad Art Assistant : Pratiksha Sinha Make up & Hair: Guddu, Seraj & Pinki Gaffer: Jabbar Pathan Music Programmer: Akshay Vairagi Singer: Deepika Seth Colorist: Kaushal Shah Grading Studio : Nube Cirrus Sound Studio: Sound Station Accountant: Abdul
Pretty Sells Pretty Fine
A mixed-media project by Varsha Panikar, in collaboration with Star Hopper Studios, exploring the human body and using it as a medium and metaphor to discuss themes of identity, representation of beauty, and the separation of skin and psyche in post modern-globalised society and culture.
A Brief Portrait Of The Ghadiwala
Shot, Directed and Edited by Varsha Panikar and Asawari Jagushte Graded by Saad Nawab I met a man once who spoke to me of time. Said, "Time is a ticking clock. You get in and you get out." And Time merely looked at us and whispered, "Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock." About 2 years ago, Asawari and I spent 15 days in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh doing research for a documentary. One fine day, on our way back from Old Shimla, we came across a tiny shop of vintage timepieces, hiding away among the large assembly of stores on the famous Mall Road of Shimla, and that is where we met Gurucharan Singh. Asawari and I have always loved vintage watches, which Guruchanji was quick to notice, and before we knew it, we were discussing everything from analogue to digital to politics to the state of Shimla; and soon Gurucharanji started telling us about how he fell in love with the clock and decided to become a Ghadiwala. A pleasant and friendly old man who does what he does because he loves what he does. Having come from a very humble background, Gurucharanji started working at a very young age. He worked as an apprentice to one of his friend’s father and soon fell in love with analogue clocks. Eventually, he was able to save up a little money and start his own shop, the very same shop where we stood, talking to him. It felt like we had time-travelled with him. It was as if we travelled back in time with him. He reminded me of the timekeeper, so I started talking to him about time. That is the first time, I realised that it saddened him somehow, the thought of abandonment of these old timepieces, the thought of time lost, the thought of the time to come, which was uncertain. It perhaps reminded him of something he had lost. Perhaps, the loss of youth, or maybe the loss of time itself. We will never know, and we couldn’t get ourselves to ask him but the prose we used for this was hence, the obvious choice. Through the course of our discussion, Asawari requested if she could take some videos and pictures of his and surprisingly, he agreed. I must admit, quite excitedly. We noticed the sun was quickly going down, as did Gurucharanji. He told us that it was time for him to close his shop so I quickly paid for the watch which I had selected. It was an analogue watch by Timestar - an indo-french company pre-independencee. We made plans to meet the next day to shoot with him properly and left. After our days work the next day, I and Asawari headed to Gurucharan’s shop. We were glad that we were going to reach early but found it shut upon arriving. Disheartened, both of us walked back to our hotel room and decided we were going to try again tomorrow. Unfortunately, he didn’t return the next day or the next. Can’t say we weren’t a bit worried for him. A day before we were supposed to leave Shimla, we walked past that same road and found the shop open. Gurucharanji was sitting there, as usual, listening to his gramophone and reading the papers. He saw us and immediately started apologising. The thing is we never exchanged numbers. Having spent an adequate amount of time there, I had come to realise that most people in Shimla don’t think to exchange numbers. They give you a time and a place, and they meet you there. No one calls in advance to cancel or postpone. You get there on time and if the person hasn’t reached, you wait, coz’ you know that they will eventually, arrive. Now, that’s a good life! Upon enquiring, Gurucharanji told us that he had to leave town urgently with his daughter because she had to take some exams in another state. We were obviously just happy to see him again Unfortunately, we weren’t equipped to shoot with him, so we just had yet another lovely chat with him and promised we would come to meet him if we were ever in Shimla again. Two years later, while going through an old hard drive we came across this old footage and decided to put it together. This is the footage we shot the first time we met him. Even though it doesn't do justice to the conversations we had, we felt we had to put together.
The Three Renegades
The Three Renegades "Peering through time" Showing us the past and the future that came to be. The Remaking of A Memory––A workshop by Gob Squad Collective ... Part of Starting Realities Curated by Kai Tuchmann and Anuja Ghosalkar Supported by Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai. Written and performed by Gurleen Arora, Sophie Roy and Varsha Panikar