Please tell us about yourself. How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and cool career?
Bhavani Iyer is a Television and Bollywood screenplay writer. She was also a journalist before she started her scriptwriting career. Bhavani is a science graduate and began her career in advertising. She is very famous for her shows like ‘Meri Aawaz Hi Pehchan Hai’, ‘ Everest,’ and films such as ‘ Guzaarish‘, ‘ Lootera,’ and ‘ Black.’ This talented lady is also a writer. While she was into journalism, she worked as an editor for a film magazine called ‘Stardust.’ Her grandfather was a poet; he wrote Tamil poetries, and this inspired Bhavani to opt writing as a profession. She is currently working on her upcoming novel and its name is ‘Anon.’ She loves playing with words. She worked as a Copywriter in an advertising agency before an editor of the magazine.
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What was your career path?
She completed her schooling from Elite School of Optometry and went to Michigan College of Optometry. Tamil, Hindi, and Malayalam are her known languages and accents. She lives in Mumbai with her alleged boyfriend and three dogs and is basically from Chennai, India. When she was 10 years old, every Sunday her father used to give her writing assignments. These compositions included short stories, poetries, plays, etc. She loves the world of expressions; she enjoys the game of words and her love towards her work sets an example for the young generation. After working as an editor for a short period of time, Bhavani Iyer started with TV shows. She was the writer and creator of the show ‘Meri Aawaz Hi Pehchan Hai’ starring Amrita Rao as a TV debutant.
How did you start writing for Bollywood?
She couldn’t deny this show, as it was the team which was dearer to her and she had already worked with them in the past. She was happy about being a part of this show and enjoyed every moment. Bhavani’s Bollywood career started with one of the biggest directors of the industry ‘ Sanjay Leela Bhansali.’ Not every person is as fortunate enough as Bhavani. Anurag Kashyap was her great friend and pushed her up to start writing short stories. This made her enter Bollywood and collaborate with such great filmmakers. Finally, she came up with her debut movie Black in 2005 as a co-scriptwriter. The movie was a smash hit in the industry and took Bhavani to the path of success. The praiseworthy story of the film ‘Lootera’ by director Vikramaditya Motwane was co-scripted by Bhavani Iyer.
She also worked in the Indian version of Fox’s hit show ’24’ a TV series on colors and ‘Everest’ by Ashutosh Gowariker. Guzaarish (2010) was another blockbuster movie by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, which was scripted by her. Her other films are Swami (2007), One Night Stand (2016), Main Aisa Hi Hoon (2005), and Bhram (2008). At the age of seven, Iyer started reading Shakespeare and thus developed of reading and writing skills at a tender age of ten. According to Bhavani, she is very lucky to get such opportunities since young age. Bhansali has always believed in her and entrusted herwith his biggest films by lending the great responsibility of scripting dialogues and stories. Bhavani and Bhansali hold immense respect for each other.
She has also written a love story for Revathy, which will be out very soon. In an interview, Iyer says, the best work is when you are oblivious to yourself or the world outside or even the writing itself, when your writing and you are so unified that the world cannot but feel the same connection to the writing. She is a fabulous screenwriter and this has been proved by her in the past years. Screenwriting is not considered a craft in Hindi cinema; very often the writer’s opinion is stifled. But Bhavani is one of the polished and masterly scriptwriters in the industry. She sets inspiration and motivates women to achieve success in their respective fields.