Asawari is an independent non-binary director - producer - curator, QPOC change maker based in Mumbai, also a founding member of a company called Anat, a platform that focuses on narratives that are about- by, women, trans, intersex, non-binary, and genderqueer individuals.
Asawari studied at the London Film School and holds a Masters in Experimental Film from Kingston University, UK. Their first short film ‘The Housemaids’ that they directed & produced was acquired by Pramod Films(India) and has had its official selection at Women make Waves, Taiwan 2018, Bangalore Queer Film Festival 2019, IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival 2019. The Housemaids is now acquired by Amazon Prime (USA/UK). Their graduation film, 'Dionysian Rhapsody' screened at the ICA (UK) & White Chappel Gallery (UK). Asawari's 'Bodies of Desire', a short film they produced, was picked up by Nowness Asia and Girls in Film, and is currently streaming on the two channels. Bodies of Desire has so far gone in to 22 Film festivals all over the world including the prestigious Berlin Commercial, Toronto Queer Film Festival, Melbourne Indian Film Festival, BFI Flare and is selected by BFI and British Council for the 2021 #FiveFilmsForFreedom programme, where they champion and exhibit five short films from their entire selection, to 200 countries.
As a curator, Asawari has curated a film club, poetry and music nights with Anat. They curated a photography series themed ‘Questioning Masculinities’ for Social (the Bar) in collaboration with One Future Collective, during their 2020 Pride month.
Asawari is a Cultural Management in the Digital Age(2020) fellow, in association with Goethe Institute, Mumbai, and ArtX Company.
On a mission to bring more queer and womxn representation in our current visual culture, Asawari wants to capture the essence of what contemporary India could look like. Films and visual arts are how they navigate themself in finding their roots and meaning behind what they do.