In an industry where disabilities are often portrayed in a half-hearted, caricaturist, and insensitive manner, Ad director Avinash Nanda’s upcoming short film ‘The Desire’ seeks to tell a true-to-life story about the romance between a Quadriplegic man and an able-bodied woman.
‘The Desire’ stars Jitendra Kumar Biswal in the lead role. Biswal has himself been a Quadriplegic since childhood; his deep, personal understanding of the character’s condition makes the treatment of this story special, and also raises the hope that this film will be instrumental in changing Bollywood’s attitudes towards the disabled.
Bollywood celeb Swapna Pati plays Biswal’s love interest in the film. Speaking about her role, Swapna said,
“‘The Desire’ is based on the romance between an extremely disabled
person and a beautiful woman. Disability have been very rare cases in
the past where ailments of it has been portrayed with utmost
cautiousness and humility. But in recent times many movies have been released where this issue is delivered with much responsibility and with a motto of social awareness and we are doing a little bit to it.”
Director Avinash Nanda, who has directed over 100 TVCs for national and international brands, also spoke about the role and what drew him to the project:
“Hindi films have a huge viewership both in India and abroad and thus are a massive tool for social awakening and awareness. This industry possess a mighty power and if used wisely can help India achieve a much needed push to attain sensitivity towards the different disabilities and problems faced by mankind. We can hope this new beginning can bring focus on a long ignored subject of human disability.”
Here’s hoping ‘The Desire’ will trigger a major attitude shift in the way disabilities are portrayed onscreen!