Filmmaker, Writer, Producer
"Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari comes from a modest middle class Mumbai family of professors and teachers. She is a gold medalist in applied artsfrom Sophia Polytechnic, She spent 14 years inleading advertising agency Leo Burnett (India)telling stories for the biggest brands in India &Asia. She won several awards like Cannes Lions, New York festival, One show, Promax, Goafestetc. She quit Leo Burnett as Executive Creative Director to follow her passion in filmmaking. She made her first short film ‘What’s for breakfast’ which won the Babasaheb Phalke National Award in online best film. After working over 100 commercials & deliveringcreative solutions to national/international clients, she ventured into directing advertising films. Being inclined towards making a difference in society, she felt she wanted to do that with what she knows best to start with. She made her debut with highly acclaimed Nil Battey Sannata & as (The new classmate)internationally. A story about a working class woman who wants her daughter to be educated and what length she goes to make it happen. The film resonated and spread the idea of education for all. It won loads of international awards. She remade in Tamil as Amma kanakku & won the prestigious Filmfare best Debut director award. She was selected as one of the powerful women in 2016 in Femina & was even a part of Grazia women achievers 2016. She was invited as a Ted speaker at Tedx Bangalore 2016. Her next was a fun slice of life rom com with the leading Times of India group division Junglee called ‘Bareilly ki Barfi’. The movies spoke about how woman need to have choices in every sphere of their life, including choosing their life partner. In 2018 She was the first ever woman director to win the zee cine award best director award and the Filmfare award (two years in a row) for the same film. Elle Magazine chose her as an achiever for her work in the films. In 2020 she was selected in Forbes magazine Self made women of India. She was chosen to represent her country on the first BRICS co-production to make a short film on the subject of “Contemporary Female Sentiments and the Society” from feminine visual perspectives. It was called 'Ghar ki Murgi' which achieved a talking point on Sony Liv. Her latest movie Panga is a large scale critically acclamied movie that revives the oldest, dying sport of India, ie Kabaddi. From a woman’s perspective. This movie again starts an important conversation about the role of woman in sports. Apart from being a writer/director and doting mother to twin 9 year olds her passion for telling stories reflects in her photography and painting.She believes in yoga and the sutras of mindful living, loves travelling & nurturing MotherEarth. She is currently writing a life thriller novel on the coming of age story of a lone mind. She is also ideating to take the next steps in promoting her thoughts of living in a mindful environment specially for women and working towards empowering conflicted souls for a better mind and society."
Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Raj & DK, Shubhashish Bhutiani with Suchin Mehrotra
Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari in conversation with RJ Megha