“It is in the process of making my new film I realised a palpable lack of female representation in the entertainment outfit of India. That and also in my 14 years’ experience of working on 500 + adverts, I have only worked with 4 women directors. I find this statistic offensive. But what pushed me over the edge was when I saw 4 male directors (known for making women empowerment films) on a Manel speaking of women issues. When asked why women directors were not part of the conversation, the nonchalant answer I got was “Where are the women directors?” In July 2020 I formed a production company called Wench Films to promote and push primarily womxn talent (LGBTQ inclusive) from India to the world. The aim is Shaping Perspectives by Shifting The Gaze and have a conversation on a global platform.”
As a pioneer entrepreneur, Sapna Bhavnani founded the hair salon Mad O Wot 16 years ago in Bombay and changed the way Indian youth looked at themselves. Through her versatile avatars such as writing an intimate weekly column for a well-known publication and authoring a self-help book for teenage girls “Style O Wot” to launching the avant-garde clothing line “So Fake” and acting in NIRBHAYA – a searing testimonial play which won the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award, The Fringe First Award and The Angel Herald Award in 2013 for cracking open the cone of silence around sexual and gender-based violence in India to JATINGA in 2017 –inspired by Kamathipura and highlights human trafficking worldwide; Sapna Moti Bhavnani is a voice to reckon with. She traverses mainstream success with just as much ease as she skirts the underground youth art and culture movement. Ageless, Fearless, and Forever metamorphosing in her endeavours.
Sapna is best known as Producer/Director of her award winning documentary Sindhustan. Sindhustan started its festival journey in 2019 and is her first feature length documentary. The film is about the largest migration of a culture in history told through tattoos on her body. Sindhustan has won 9 Feature Documentary Awards and travelled to 21 festivals and is now streaming online on Movie Saints.
Actor, spoken word artist, hair stylist, writer, director, producer – Sapna embodies it all as a visionary and a change maker. In July 2020 she launched her production company called Wench Films to push womxn talent primarily from India to the world and keeping that philosophy in mind also launched a successful edition 1 of Wench Film Festival in March 2021introducing 81new womxn talent to the world. She has just completed her feature My Dog IS Sick and is developing a VR series of 3 shorts I Did Not Scream and her next feature Bearlike Man while writing a book – Chapter One for Harper Collins.
The rest, like they say is herstory.
Actor – Scattered Windows Connected Doors 2013
Actor – Nirbhaya 2013
Actor – Jatinga 2017
Writer | Producer | Director – Sindhustan (2019)
Actor | Producer – Janaan (2020)
Writer | Producer – Ek Tha Khan (2021)
Actor | Writer | Director | Producer – Mera Kutta Bimaar Hai (2021)
Writer | Producer | Director – I Did Not Scream (2022)
Writer | Director – Bearlike Man (2023)