Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari (born 15 October 1979) is an Indian filmmaker and writer. After working in advertising for several years, she made her debut by directing the 2016 comedy drama Nil Battey Sannata. The film garnered critical acclaim and Tiwari went on to direct its Tamil remake entitled Amma Kanakku. She had previously served as the Executive Creative Director at Leo Burnett before she moved on to pursue a filmmaking career. Tiwari won the Filmfare Award for Best Director for the 2017 comedy Bareilly Ki Barfi.[1]

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Born (1979-10-15) 15 October 1979 (age 41)
OccupationFilm director
Spouse(s)Nitesh Tiwari
Parent(s)
  • Lakshmi S. (mother)

Early life and backgroundEdit

Ashwiny Iyer was born on 15 October 1979 and grew up in the suburb of Mulund, Mumbai. She studied in St Marys Convent and did her higher studies from SIES college of commerce and economics.[citation needed] She is married to writer-director Nitesh Tiwari.[2][3]

CareerEdit

AdvertisingEdit

A gold medalist in commercial arts from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, Ashwiny spent 15 years in the advertising agency Leo Burnett (India). She won several awards like Cannes Lions, New York festival, One show, Promax and the Goafest Awards. She quit Leo Burnett to follow her passion in filmmaking.[4][5]

FilmsEdit

Iyer made her first short film What's for Breakfast in 2012. In 2016, she made her feature film debut with the comedy drama Nil Battey Sannata starring Swara Bhaskar.[6] which was produced by Colour Yellow productions (Aanand L Rai) in association with Jar Pictures and Opticus Inc. and presented by Eros International .[7] It was inspired by a contestant in Kaun Banega Crorepati hosted by Mr. Amitabh Bachchan which inspired many Indian viewers.[8][9]Released under the title of The New Classmate[10][11] internationally, the film garnered critical acclaim and Tiwari was praised for her direction and sensitive handling of the subject matter.[12] She remade the film in Tamil as Amma Kanakku which released on 24 June in the same year.[13][14]

She was selected as one of the "Powerful Women in 2016" in the Femina poll and was a part of Grazia Women Achievers 2016.[citation needed] She was a speaker at Tedx Bangalore 2016 on women, films and self-empowerment.[citation needed] In 2017, she won a Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director.[citation needed]

Iyer next directed the 2017 romantic comedy Bareilly Ki Barfi, for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Director at the 2018 ceremony. The film and Iyer's direction received a critical praise and the film went onto become a commercial success.[15] Devesh Sharma praised the film in his four stars out of five for Filmfare; he praised Tiwari for her versatility and wrote that the film, "will give you ample laughs throughout and you’ll walk away from the theatre with a satisfied smile on your face."[16] She signed a two-film deal with Ekta Kapoor 's Balaji Motion Pictures from which one she will direct and another she will produce along with Ekta.

In 2018, Iyer teamed up with Kangana Ranaut, Neena Gupta, Richa Chadda and Jassie Gill to make Panga, a film about a new-age family that challenges stereotypes.[17] The film released on 24 January 2020 to rave reviews.[18][19]

As of March 2021, her book as an author titled Mapping Love [20] will be released on 21 May, 2021. She is also directing the life story of Mr. Narayan Murthy and Mrs. Sudha Murthy.[21]

FilmographyEdit

DirectorEdit

Year Film Note(s)
2013 What's For Breakfast?
2016 Nil Battey Sannata
Amma Kanakku Remake of Nil Battey Sannata in Tamil
2017 Bareilly Ki Barfi
2020 Panga
Ghar Ki Murgi

Awards and honoursEdit

Year Film Award Category Result
2017 Nil Battey Sannata Filmfare Awards Best Debut Director Won
2018 Bareilly Ki Barfi Screen Awards Best Director Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Director Won
Filmfare Awards Best Director Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Director Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari: Director With A Purpose". Forbes India. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Advertising's classic love stories: Nitesh Tiwari and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Marketing & Advertising News, ET BrandEquity". Brandequity.economictimes.indiatimes.com. 9 February 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Working with Aamir Khan dream come true for any director: Ashwini Iyer Tiwari". The Indian Express. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari exits Leo Burnett | Advertising". Campaign India. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari bids adieu to Leo Burnett". Afaqs.com. Retrieved 21 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Nil Battey Sannata Movie Box office collection report 2016". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Share on FacebookShare on Twitter. "Swara Bhaskar: 'Nil Battey Sannata' trailer launched". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "KBC: Star-struck". Afaqs.com. Retrieved 21 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Grateful to Aanand L. Rai: 'Nil Battey Sannata' director Ashwini Iyer Tiwari". The Indian Express. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Freja Dam (9 October 2015). "LFF 2015 Women Directors: Meet Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari – 'The New Classmate'". IndieWire. Retrieved 21 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ aanews (3 April 2016). "'The New Classmate' tells the story of a mother's dream | Asian American Press". Aapress.com. Retrieved 21 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ BBala (27 September 2015). "Swara Bhaskar wins best actress title in China". The Indian Express. Retrieved 21 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ Rao, Subha J. (22 June 2016). "Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari on Nil Battey Sannata, star cast and more". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Dhanush persuaded Ashwiny to make Amma Kanakku". Deccanchronicle. 23 March 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Jha, Subhash (22 January 2018). "Filmfare awards swing away from the expected, honour the unexpected". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 25 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Movie Review: Bareilly Ki Barfi". Filmfare.
  17. ^ Web Desk, Express (21 August 2018). "Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari announces Panga with Kangana Ranaut and Neena Gupta". The Indian Express. Retrieved 20 September 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "Panga Movie Review: Kangana Ranaut enlivens Ashwini Iyer Tiwari's writing in this soul stirring film". PINKVILLA. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  19. ^ hours, Pramit Chatterjee 5; Minutes, 20 (24 January 2020). "'Panga' Review: Kangana Ranaut's Sports Flick Is Female Empowerment at Its Most Practical". Mashable India. Retrieved 24 January 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  20. ^ "Filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari turns author with 'Mapping Love'". 12 February 2021.
  21. ^ "Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari says it's challenging to write the 'Murthy' biopic". 7 April 2020.

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