2/27/2006

lovedance revealed

In case the name Lovedance, means little or sounds 'very nice'...here is some un-packing. It was originally the title of a film my partner and i made in 2000, based on the true stories of 4 people living with HIV, how their lives criss cross.

One of the stories is about this guy i met in bombay during the research of this film. I met him thru my NGO freinds. Completely superb guy, looked like a greek god, with a sense of humour to die for, total charmer, superb chef in a hotel. He discovered he was HIV positive when a marine liner tested him without consent (to work as a chef on the ship) and did not employ him after he tested positive. There after, this guy rose to the call of the epidemic and started contributing -raising awareness any way he could.

He told me his story, took me out dining to some of his fav places, and by the end of it, agreed to 'come out' in the film and talk 'live'. I was thrilled because most positive people would not want to do that, not 6 years back, at least.

I came back to delhi, developed the script weaving him into the stories of the other characters. I sent it to him for his approval, checking for facts etc. There was no response. I waited. About 15 days later, when i called, his dad told me that he had passed over just a few days back - a case of hospital negligence thrown into a desparate case of pnuemonia.

Anyway, this guy (can't use his real name), introduced me to the concept of 'lovedance' - a term he coined for the process of using the condom as an erotic device during love making - he did not want to infect his partner who was hiv negative. So wearing the condom was 'lovedance'. We decided that his story deserves to be told - so the film has him being 'resurrected' , speaking to camera, back from the dead! So there....i really liked the film, unlike a lot of films i have made...special.

Will post stills from the film once i have cracked how to.

5 Comments:

Blogger anjali* said...

Wow! This is brilliant!

Didn't know u are into film-making. Would love to watch them! One fine day...

Tips:

1) To post stills, register with "www.photobucket.com" and paste the link onto your post. You can adjust the size of pix accordingly by adding this command "width=XXX". XXX = how nos of pixels i.e. 300, 400 etc.

2) Think you should do a post to introduce yourself - esp with the HIV NGO work.

Keep it up!

Think this blog of yours is gonna brilliant. More brilliant than it already is! :)

5:58 PM  
Blogger Mona Mishra said...

Hi Anjali, THANKS a zillion for the advice...will try it soon. Good suggestion about introducing my work, if you think pwople will be interested. Meanwhile, i am starting with a new assigmnment tomorrow, so abso going nuts with the contracting etc...love, m

7:29 PM  
Blogger L>T said...

just want you to know have visited your blog. Welcome to come over any time. nice writting.

5:51 AM  
Anonymous jiahui said...

hey~~ stumble upon ur blog~~ totally agree with anjali...u shld intro urslef n the work u doing~~ interested to know it..post the flim up as soon as u figure it out k... cheers~~

6:24 AM  
Blogger Voice said...

hey..pata hi nahi that u do such good things.
is there really a movie named lovedance?

9:19 AM  

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