v. t. nayani (nine-knee, she/her) is a tamil woman born and raised in toronto. she is a working artist and storyteller, dedicated to sensitively documenting real life stories and thoughtfully imagining new worlds on screen, across cinema, television, and digital playgrounds. nayani is a big kid with bigger dreams of creating boundless heart work, within and beyond our little-big galaxy. she is the imaginer and creator of mutuals pictures, a production mothership rooted in mutual support, which is dedicated to making room for new waves of stories and amplifying fresh voices on screen. through her heartwork, based in both lived realities and multiple imaginations, nayani explores what it looks and feels like to come of age, at every stage of one's lifetime. at the centre of her craft is care, tenderness, and compassion. with all of her softie heart, she wholly enjoys spending her days and nights make believing dreams come true on screen, in community and alongside all her peoples. she is ever-grateful to her ancestors, elders, guides, and comrades, for helping ensure that she continues to reach the here, now, and beyond. (for official bio, please click here

photo credit: shot by Carlyle Routh in the TIFF x BVLGARI Portrait Studio, courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival (2022)

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