I was 36 when I realized I was a daughter of a refugee. I remember being at concert in Mumbai and watching some Sufi Fakirs from Sindh perform, I was so blown away, I ran home and googled Sindh for the first time. When I found out Sindhi migration was the largest migration of a culture in history and I being a Sindhi had no idea, I knew it was time to start.
What is Sindh?
In 1947 when India was partitioned, Punjab and Bengal were divided but Sindh was left intact in Pakistan. In the province, it was believed that nothing would change – the Hindus had been a minority for centuries, they were the ones with the wealth and power. However, when the time came, the best they could do was escape with their lives. Hordes of prosperous people became homeless and penniless overnight. A large majority had never left Sindh before. They crossed the new border to settle in unfamiliar lands with unfamiliar food, language and customs, stepping from a zone of sparse rain into monsoon country.
There are lots of books written on Sindh and loads of information online but I did not want my film to be a history lesson. It took me 2 years to figure out how I want to tell my story. This moment with my grandma came to mind. I had just started getting inked And remember covering myself to meet my grandmother for lunch one day. She looked at me and called me old fashioned. I couldn’t believe a 70 year old woman was calling me old fashioned. She told me when we first came on this planet we lived in tribes we didn’t have borders and governments and countries. We had extended families and all had their own markings. “When I see you I see you are going back to your roots and that makes me very happy.”
It was evident that ink was going to be the ink I would write their stories with. I figured, the best way to tell this story was to become the story.
My documentary includes many stories. Some from India and some from Sindh (which now lies in Pakistan) along with mine illustrating their journey on my skin. I aim at inking my legs using an art form from Sindh (Ajrak) and one from India (Madhubani) to tell the story of a land carried on the shoulders of its people and not rooted in any soil.
My legs, symbolising our journey and my feet, the lack of our roots.

As a pioneer entrepreneur, Sapna Bhavnani founded the hair salon Mad O Wot 16 years ago in Bombay and changed the way Indian youth looked at themselves. Through her versatile avatars such as writing an intimate weekly column for a well-known publication and authoring a self-help book for teenage girls “Style O Wot” to launching the avant-garde clothing line “So Fake” and acting in NIRBHAYA – a searing testimonial play which won the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award, The Fringe First Award and The Angel Herald Award in 2012 for cracking open the cone of silence around sexual and gender-based violence in India, Sapna Moti Bhavnani is a voice to reckon with. She traverses mainstream success with just as much ease as she skirts the underground youth art and culture movement. Ageless, Fearless, and Forever metamorphosing in her endeavours.
Sapna is best known as Producer/Director of her award winning documentary Sindhustan and Producer of the feature Mehsampur. Sindhustan started its festival journey in 2019 and is her first feature length documentary. The film about the largest migration of a culture in history told through tattoos on her body. Sindhustan has won 9 Feature Documentary Awards and travelled to 21 festivals and is now streaming online on Amazon Prime and Movie Saints.
Actor, spoken word artist, hair stylist, writer, director, producer – Sapna embodies it all as a visionary and a change maker. In July 2020 she launched her production company called Wench Films to push feline talent primarily from India to the world. Currently she is in post-production with her feature My Dog IS Sick and writing a book titled Chapter One for Harper Collins.
The rest, like they say is herstory.  


In alphabetical order         

Leila Advani
Laj Badlani
Chaho Bhara
K.C Bhavnani
Sapna Bhavnani
Sundri Keswani
Haji Muhammad
Sunder Nachnaney
Jairam Rupani
Anila Sunder
Kamla Thakur
Dada Vaswani
Yogesh Waghmare 


Yogesh Waghmare
Vishal Verma
Kunal Raj
Asif Ansari
Joe John
Wasit Khan
Shanker Raman
Kabir Singh Chowdhry
Kabir Singh Chowdhry
Sumair Zubairy
Anup Rupanwar

Studio: Coolab
Colourist: Dilshad S Nanji
Editor: Anuja Thakkar
Workflow Consultant:
Sumeet Kamath
Sreeram Ramanathan
Ashish Heblekar
Dynamite Design
Khyati Shah
Kabir Singh Chowdhry
MZD Legal Consultancy

Kabir Singh Chowdhry
Rina Gosar
Nazia Darvesh
Sunil Harchandani
Kumar Vidhani
Sapna Bhavnani / Akbar Pains
Sapna Moti Bhavnani



In alphabetical order

Siddharth Bangera 
Ruchi Bhimani 
Rishika Chaudhry 
Karishma Dalal 
Drikpal Dhobi 
Keith Gomes
Kanishka Gupta 
Ashish Heblekar
Shubhangi Jadhav
Shobha Jadhav
Sumeet Kamath 
Ashwini Kasare
Kabir Singh Chowdhry


Sasha Kelawala 
Smriti Kiran 
Indu Kumar
Ian Lewis
Barkha Thakur Miskin
Umita Mantode
Guneet Monga 
Sanjay Ram 
Sreeram Ramanathan 
Malati rao
Kiran rao
Mona Sareen

Khyati Shah
Jakiya Shaikh
Mandira Sharma
Prerna Sharma 
Smita Singh
Sheetal Sudhir 


Responsive Menu Image Responsive Menu Clicked Image