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Asian Media Awards – stars of screen and stage and broadcasting recognised
SEVERAL well-known names in the world of broadcasting and the performing arts were recognised at these awards held in Manchester on October 28, in what was the awards 10th year of existence.
Among the winners on the evening were BBC Broadcaster Nihal Arthanayake, actor-writer-producer Jassa Ahulwalia, ‘Eastenders‘ actor Balvinder Sopal, radio DJ Neev Spencer, ITV security editor Rohit Kachoo, broadcaster Liza Aziz and the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) for Best Live Event (Please see below for the link to the page with the full awards list). The awards were compered by Sky Sports News presenter Bela Shah.
Actor and writer Kulvinder Ghir dedicated his Sophiya Haque Services to Television, Film & Theatre Award to his mother, Surinder Kaur Ghir.
He celebrates almost 50 years in the business and has several writing credits to his name alongside an illustrious TV, film and stage acting career.
Arriving with his family in the early 1970s, they first settled in London before moving to Leeds, where Ghir picked up the acting bug after entertaining and enjoying making schoolfriends laugh. After drama school in London, he had a number of TV roles and is still synonymous with the hit BBC TV comedy sketch series, ‘Goodness Gracious Me’.
He has also been on the stage many times and recently played George Khan in Ayub Khan-Din’s iconic ‘East is East’ stage revival in Bolton, before the pandemic. He actually worked with Sophiya Haque in the West End production of ‘The Far Pavilions’. Haque was an established actor and presenter and one of the first Asian women to be widely recognised for her work in the performing arts. She died in Xmas 2012, aged 41, after being diagnosed with cancer and suffering from pneumonia. This award set up in her memory is managed by her surviving sisters.
The awards’ main sponsor is the University of Salford and these Manchester-based awards is run from a business group which includes the website and newspaper, Asian Image. www.asianculturevulture.com was shortlisted for an Asian Media Awards (best blog; best website) 2014-2016.
Asian Media Awards 2022 – https://www.asianmediaawards.com/asian-media-awards-2022-winners/
Asian Achievers Awards 2022 (AAA) – arts and culture and inspiring pathbreakers
THESE awards celebrated 20 years – and organisers reshaped their ceremony to pay respect to The Queen who died on September 8, while these awards took place on September 23.
Among those recognised in the arts and culture field were Namit Malhotra, the current chairman and CEO of DNEG, a well-known British UK visual effects company that has worked on films as diverse as the recent Bollywood release, ‘Brahmastra’ and the James Bond film, ‘No Time to Die’.
www.asianculturevulture.com met Malhotra in March, just before the Baftas at a meeting in London, for Indian journalists. Malhotra started his own company in Mumbai, Prime Focus, which became a market leader and specialised in VFX, as it is known, for many Hollywood films and his success led to him relocating to Los Angeles before settling in London and acquiring DNEG.
The AAA Woman of the Year Award went to Suella Braverman, the now home secretary. Captain Harpreet Chandi MBE who completed a 700 mile solo journey across the South Pole and becoming the first woman ever to do so. She won the Uniformed and Civil Service Award. These awards were compered by actor Nitin Ganatra and filmmaker and former reality TV star and now filmmaker Deana Uppal. Among the celebrities attending were BBC presenter Manish Bhasin, comedian Tez Illyas, singers Bambi Bains, Rumer and H Dhami and actors Raj Ghatak, Nisha Aaliya and Yanick Ghanty.
These awards were first launched by Asian Voice newspaper run by CB Patel and family. It has now been acquired by Pratik Dattani and his Economic Policy Group. Among the sponsors are the Royal Air Force, law firm AxiomDWFM, and Forum Insurance.
For the full list of award winners – see https://asianachieversawards.com/asian-achievers-awards-2022-pays-tribute-to-hrh-the-queen/
Re-arragned following The Queen’s Funeral
Asian Achievers Awards (AAA)
Asian Media Awards