Role | BAckground Design, effects animation & Cultural consultancy

Background Design

Working with director Davis Guggenheim and animation director Jason Carpenter along with the incredible animation & art department for ‘He Named Me Malala’, I had the opportunity to help re-create spaces and environments in Swat Valley based on Malala Yousafzai’s memories as a child. It allowed me to draw inspiration from my own childhood in India as well as that of my parents and contribute to the wonderful & dreamlike animated sequences in this seminal film.



One of the most interesting design and animation challenges was to visualize and animate the ‘voice’ - whether it was the voice of Malala’s Father, Grandfather or Malala herself. Named after Malalai of Maiwand (the national folk hero of Afghanistan who rallied local fighters against the British troops), Malala’s life and work exemplifies the power of one’s voice, creating an incredibly inspiring visual motif in the film.