In early 2008, AVIS Viswanathan and Vaani Anand – soul-mates, friends, husband-wife, business partners – were staring at a bankruptcy of their Firm. A series of business decisions had brought them to the brink of penury. AVIS wrote a Book “Fall Like A Rose Petal – A father’s lessons on how to be happy and content while living without money” which was published by Westland in August 2014. The Book shares, through letters AVIS wrote to their two children, Aashirwad and Aanchal, the spiritual lessons that the family learnt through their Life-changing experience – of hopelessness, of fear, of court cases, of police complaints, of insolvency, of pennilessness. Also of faith, patience, love, companionship, abundance and soul.
‘Rise In Love’ is a film made by a young film-making student Shalu C. She was inspired by AVIS’ Book and was keen to explore how “true love thrives in the face of adversity”. In a world ridden with dysfunctional relationships, Shalu discovers that a rare magic and chemistry between Vaani and AVIS has helped them both deal with their complex, numbing Life situation strongly, even as it has kept this small family of four together, despite a storm ravaging their material lives.
The film is based on a series of conversations Shalu had with Vaani and AVIS and with people who know them very well. It’s a film that teaches you to appreciate the beauty of companionship, that inspires you to be happy despite the circumstances, that tells why relating between people is more important than the relationship itself, that motivates you to face Life squarely and that shows you how you too can ‘rise in love’!
PS: This film is not a complete re-adaptation of AVIS’ Book nor does it attempt to portray all the challenges that Vaani and AVIS are faced with.