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Writer-Director R. Paul Dhillon’s Documentary The Thespians To Air This Saturday On OMNI Television

Veteran Thespian: Balinder Johal with Bollywood star Randeep Hooda from Beeba Boys. She was nominated for her role as a tough mother for the annual Canadian Screen Actors Awards. Balinder will also star in R. Paul Dhillon's romantic comedy The Fusion Generation, which is scheduled to shoot this summer in Vancouver.

This week’s film’s features award-winning actress Balinder Johal in The Thespians, which airs on Saturday, Jan 23 at 3pm.

VANCOUVER – Well known Vancouver-based filmmaker and award-winning journalist R. Paul Dhillon’s much anticipated documentary series Reflections: South Asian Stories, an 8-week series which explores the fascinating men and women behind the success stories and news headlines, is now airing on OMNI Television stations across Canada.

Leena Manro

This week’s film’s features award-winning actress Balinder Johal in The Thespians, which airs on Saturday, Jan 23 at 3pm. Other local actors showcased in the documentary include Leena Manro and Munish Sharma, the famed comedy duo from the belly-hurting laugh-fest I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Chicken show. Other working actors featured in the doc about working South Asian actors include veterans Parm Soor, brother-sister acting-duo Veena and Manoj Sood, Zara Durrani, Agam Darshi, Sandy Sidhu, Mannu Sandhu and others.

Zara Durrani

The Reflections series is produced by Dhillon, MMM Films with Bobby Nagra serving as an executive producer. The first show in the series called Moe Sihota – Feared And Desired premiered in December 2015 (Dec. 19) and the rest of the seven shows airs every Saturday, concluding Feb. 27 with Kal Dosanjh – The Personification Of Integrity, Truth And Justice.

“To explore the colourful characters and unsung heroes who work hard, with sweat and tears, behind the scenes to show the many facets of the vibrant and thriving South Asian and Punjabi community is what motivated me to write, direct and produce the series,” said Dhillon.

Reflections features a number of prominent figures from BC who are also internationally renowned, including history-making politician Moe Sihota and champion wrestler and now MMA champ Arjan Bhullar, whose story The Heart Of A Champion is featured this Saturday (Dec. 26) on OMNI BC at 3pm.

The other subjects featured in the hour long documentaries include activist Harsha Walia, super-cop Kal Dosanjh, moderate Sikh leader Bikramjit Singh Sandhar, business elites Peter Dhillon (Richberry Group), venture-capitalist Hari Varshney, Tony Singh (Fruiticana), Parminder Singh (formerly with Microsoft) and builder Daljit Thind and others in a special business doc The Millionaires.

Writer-director Dhillon’s personal favorite from the series is his ode to his mother tongue Punjabi called For The Love Of My Mother Tongue, which features the who’s who of Punjabi language icons like Sikh historian and Renaissance man Harinder Singh of Panjabi Digital Library, writer-poet Gian Singh Kotli, writer-Sikh historian Raghbir Singh Bains, teacher-historian Sadhu Binning, entrepreneur Barj S. Dhahan (Dhahan International Punjabi Literature Prize) writer-activist Balwant Sanghera (PLEA), Punjabi music star Balvir Boparai, radio-star Lady B and Punjabi journalist Gurpreet Lucky Sahota.

“I felt many of these individuals, some who rarely get the recognition, deserve the recognition for hard work and dedication to improving the social, cultural and political fabric of our communities and our nation,” added Dhillon, who has written, produced and directed over two dozen documentaries and television shows as well as the feature 9/11 themed film Sweet Amerika, starring Bollywood veteran Gulshan Grover.

Relections-writer-director R. Paul Dhillon with actor Balinder Johal

Reflections – South Asian stories follows Dhillon’s music series Bhangralicous and his highly successful documentary on Bhangra music tiled The Bhangra Generation, which also aired on OMNI Television and has enjoyed a very long and successful run across Canada.

Punjabi versions of the Reflections series will air at a later date and these English ones will be repeated on OMNI and online on their website throughout the year.

Parm Soor

Here are broadcast airdates for the Reflection: South Asian Stories shows on OMNI across Canada. Some have already aired and others are airing until February 27.

Dec. 19 Moe Sihota – Feared And Desired (3pm on OMNI BC, 4 on OMNI Alberta & 6pm on OMNI Ontario)

Dec 26 – Bikramjit Singh Sandher – Keeping The Faith  (3pm on OMNI BC, 4 on OMNI Alberta & 6pm on OMNI Ontario)

Jan 2 – Harsha Walia – Pricking The Conscience (3pm on OMNI BC, 4 on OMNI Alberta & 6pm on OMNI Ontario)

Jan 9 – Kal Dosanjh – The Personification Of Integrity, Truth And Justice  (3pm on OMNI BC, 4 on OMNI Alberta & 6pm on OMNI Ontario)

Jan 16 – Arjan Bhullar – The Heart Of A Champion (3pm on OMNI BC, 4 on OMNI Alberta & 6pm on OMNI Ontario)

Jan 23 – The Thespians – For The Love Of Art (3pm on OMNI BC, 4 on OMNI Alberta & 6pm on OMNI Ontario)

Jan 30 – The Millionaires – Building Business Success  (3pm on OMNI BC, 4 on OMNI Alberta & 6pm on OMNI Ontario)

Feb 6 – For The Love Of My Mother Tongue – Keeping Punjabi Alive (3pm on OMNI BC, 4 on OMNI Alberta & 6pm on OMNI Ontario)

Feb 13 – Bikramjit Singh Sandher – Keeping The Faith  (3pm on OMNI BC, 4 on OMNI Alberta & 6pm on OMNI Ontario)

Feb 20 – Harsha Walia – Pricking The Conscience (3pm on OMNI BC, 4 on OMNI Alberta & 6pm on OMNI Ontario)

Feb 27 – Kal Dosanjh – The Personification Of Integrity, Truth And Justice  (3pm on OMNI BC, 4 on OMNI Alberta & 6pm on OMNI Ontario)

Show Times for All Docs

OMNI 2 (Ontario) at 18:00 (6pm)

OMNI BC at 15:00 (3pm)

OMNI ALB at 16:00 (4pm)

Veena Sood

Manoj Sood

Munish Sharma with well known actor Nimet Kanji from their play Mrs. Singh and Me!

Sandy Sidhu

Mannu Sandhu

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