Her latest book The Gory Story of Genghis Khan a.k.a. Don't Mess with the Mongols invites kids. Nayanika Mahtani, an IIM-b graduate, is a copywriter...Read More
Screenwriter & Author
Nayanika Mahtani once harboured dreams of becoming a stage actor, but she followed the proverbial left side of her brain to do an MBA at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore – and became an investment banker instead. A decade later, she followed her heart to live in Africa. She is now an award-winning author and screenwriter, based in London.
Nayanika’s books are published by Penguin Random House. With genres ranging from historical fiction to multi-generational family sagas, her books have received critical acclaim, ranked as bestsellers and won awards (including the prestigious South Asia Book Award).
Nayanika has also written the story and screenplay for the film, Shakuntala Devi (a biopic drama), with leading Indian actor Vidya Balan in the titular role. The film released on Amazon Prime Video and ranks amongst Amazon’s ‘Most Watched Hindi Films Worldwide’.
Nayanika Mahtani has been a regular speaker at the Jaipur Literature Festival, as well as at various other lit fests in the UK, USA, UAE, India, Pakistan and Bhutan.
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Across The Line
Rooted in the Partition, this novel intercuts between 1947 and the more recent past; between Rawalpindi, New Delhi, London; between two youngsters who witnessed the events of 1947 and two youngsters in the present.
The Gory Story Of Genghis Khan
The Gory Story of Genghis Khan a.k.a. Don’t Mess with the Mongols invites youngsters in to take a closer look at one of history’s most feared characters – and to discover how history depends on who is telling the story.
In her debut novel Ambushed, Nayanika Mahtani tackles the glaring issue of tiger poaching, while spinning a compelling story about man versus nature, set in the Himalayan forests where the majestic Bengal tigers roam.
Nayanika has co-written the story and screenplay for a Hindi film, Shakuntala Devi (a biopic drama), with leading Indian actor, Vidya Balan in the titular role. This film released on Amazon Prime Video in July 2020 and ranks amongst Amazon’s ‘Most Watched Hindi Films Worldwide’.