K was born in London (UK) in the 80’s and comes from a Pakistani background. She grew up watching horror movies and reading gothic, horror, and classic literature, with a particular interest in death rituals across ancient cultures. She discovered Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’ at the age of 10, and Blatty’s ‘The Exorcist’ in the first year of high school, after her parents caught her watching the film. K took a keen interest in Jungian Dream Psychology at the age of 11, and she is a self-professed Jungian.
Over in Pakistan, K’s uncle owned a video store; she spent most of her childhood summers in Pakistan watching as much as she could. She loved hearing stories and Pakistan was filled with tales of jinn and churail. In 2007, she created Bad Wolf Films, and has since written, directed and produced, over 15 short films, gaining various official selections and awards internationally. ‘Maya’ is her debut feature film, originally filmed in 2014. After this she created ‘Black Lake’, which had its world premiere at the Women in Horror Film Festival in February 2020, and was nominated for 5 awards; ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Cinematography’ (which it won), ‘Best Score’ and the ‘Indie Spirit Award’.