Priyanka Khimani was raised by Muslim and Gujarati parents in a typical Mumbai chawl.
By the age of 15, she had not only penned her initial TV show, Tamanna House but had also worked in Marathi theatre.
Her father expired unexpectedly, leaving behind a ton of concealed arrears.
“I was preparing to be a doctor since day one. But I couldn’t earn for the next 10 years,” she recalls. She took up biotechnology at Mumbai’s Jai Hind College instead and continued writing and direction for TV shows on the side.
She felt exhausted of leading this double life. Being the intelligent pupil she was, she passed out Government Law College in Mumbai. When she wanted to begin her profession, she comprehended that she was in deep water.
“The media industry is not the best place for a young girl to be, a lot of dark stuff goes on in the underbelly. If you’re trying to be taken seriously as a writer, it’s not happening,” she disclosed.
She made her mind to pursue law, however, realised that her lack of knowledge severely harmed her likelihood.
“Luckily, a lot of being a good lawyer is about your writing skills, drafting well. One of the interviewers actually told me they only shortlisted me to see who the person behind this bizarre and colourful CV was,” she stated.
She finally went on to be hired by Mulla and Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe.
“I was torn—wondering if this was it for my writing career? On day three, I was ready to quit. I was asked to draft an affidavit in Reply, and I had NO idea what that meant. And law firms have bitter politics. Attorneys will not help other attorneys, especially new ones. But, luckily, what I did struck gold somewhere. In fact, the senior counsel on the matter even called my boss to convey that she was impressed with the way it was worded,” she recalled.
She talked to her squad, and they were really overwhelmed and wished to work with Priyanka Khimani.
“I was six months into my job—no one gets clients for their firm at that stage. I get off the phone, shaking, and tell my team. Jaws dropped everywhere.”
They fruitfully resolved that case out of the courtyard and ace singer Lata Mangeshkar got what she wished for.
“The industry is a small, incestuous place and when you represent someone as legendary as her, word gets around,” she added.