I made a documentary film last year. Here's a link to it:

Here's a piece about it in The Hindu:

“This film is not about identity or self-definition as ‘writers,’” Zaidi says. “It is trying to look at women’s rights, concerns and freedoms, as reflected in literature. Identity is a very fluid and contextual construct. Caste may be most important outside the household, for instance, but within a household, womanhood may be her primary identity. And sometimes, the opposite might be true. However, all the women in the film have written about the feminine and female experience of life.”

If you're an institution, university, festival or a film club that wants to organize a screening, please get in touch with me. DVDs are also available through the producer, PSBT.


I have been experimenting with video for the last few years, starting with a few scripts and then making some short films myself.

Of the video links below, I have written and directed 'But-nama' 'Engine' and 'Ek Bahut Choti si Love Story'. My first experiment with film was 'Ek Red Colour ki Love Story', which attempts to combine poetry with narrative film, while using the cityscape as inspiration for both, verse and image.

I also wrote the scripts for 'Sujata' (adapted from my own short story that has been published here: and 'Nafs' (I had originally wanted to title the film 'Ek Bahut Ajeeb si Love Story').

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