I am a Pakistani woman, screenwriter and director who grew up in London. My work is characterised by a nuanced yet unflinching gaze, whether approaching politics or the inner life. I bring a coaching and collaborative approach to my work, along with a critical interest in mental health, the survivors of violence and cultural difference. I am fluent in Urdu, French, Spanish and Italian, and have lived and worked in the USA, France, Pakistan and the UK. My work is unified by an interest in the impact of violence and cultural difference.
The world as I see it is full of grey areas and nuance and I inevitably unite influences from across traditions that are often seen to be separate – after all, I grew up watching Raj Kapoor, Gene Kelly, Guru Dutt, Jean Renoir and Merchant Ivory without any problems!