Bodies of Desire
Using Varsha Panikar’s poetry series by the same name, as the point of departure, Bodies of Desire, is a visual poetry film co-directed by them 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 genderless love and desire, inspired by the poet’s lived reality. The text follows the poet’s journey of healing and self-acceptance as he rediscovers love, passion and identity after encountering their muse, their lover, who acts as an encounter, a rupture that awakens the poet and his desire to express his inner truth. Immersed in the lover’s thought, the poet recalls moments spent in embrace, the touch, the smell, the little things that evoke feelings and emotions in them, that are complex, multidimensional and fluid, and inevitably puts him on a path of discovering his own power and uniqueness.