Trevor Noah was one of our inspiring guests on Spirit Sundae, a live Talk-show that I was blessed to co-anchor on Sunday mornings. A privilege to welcome dynamic faith- leaders and community heroes to learn and grow together in our belief that we are more alike than we are different. This was my "satsang" for five years, using the power of the TV screen to build bridges across cultures, race and countries.
And yes - Trevor was as authentic then as he appears today on The Daily Show.
This film explores the relationship between a mother and son during young adulthood, when both generations navigate their responsibilities towards the Self vs each other as immigrants.
Directed/Edited by lady filmmaker Tiffany Kim Stevens and Written by multi-talented Tanay Chhedha. Tanay plays the lead role of Rohit Raichand.
Trivia: See if you remember which role Tanay played in the Oscar winning Slum-dog Millionaire when he was 10yrs old:)
Just released by incredible Producer Justin Bell!
For my role as the nurturing Teacher, I channelled my Mother and Brother, and the Educators I admired as a child.
Look out for Krishna and Vedanten ... two generations apart, in character and on purpose!
What is God's purpose for your life?
It is said that we know Who We Really Are before age 7 - then Life causes us to FORGET!
@oxcreates Production Company: Ox Creative
@jbellprods Producer: Justin Bell
@corrygw Director: Corry Wiens
For my role of Shanthi the Indian bride, I paid tribute to my beautiful Aunt Shanthi who gave me these intricately embroidered saris when she realized she wouldn't be able to wear them again. My first audience was my Grandma seated just beside the Director, studying the monitor as we filmed. She was so happy that her granddaughter was playing her daughter! Aunty Shanthi, Grandma & Aya have all left too soon ... but I know they are still here in spirit. "Shanthi" means Peace in Sanskrit.
Prod Credits: Agency, Ogilvy
"Broken Telephone" was fun to film with these adorable children!
Prod Credits: Agency, Network BBDO
A highlight for my character Gita, this episode made history being the first time an Indian cultural tradition was featured in a television drama - and certainly the first Bhajan to be sung ;) Grateful to Endemol SA for supporting our “cultural activism” sharing our Indian heritage.
Much respect to my incredible artist friends Ashish Joshi on Tabla and Premal Bhana on Sitar. Even if it was only ONE opportunity, it takes just that one spark to light another candle in the dark. We represented our lived reality as South Africans of Indian heritage - and that's a small step to fulfilling our Dharma ;)
An Angel of mercy who became a Grandmother to hundreds of young and elderly in her community ... using her pension and her love to keep her doors open ... and orphaned children safe.
This is one of almost 100 documentaries of Visionaries In Action that I had the honor of filming, capturing how democracy is built by unsung heroes of diverse faiths and cultures, uniting to put their spirit into action ;) Like Mama Dorah, they dream of serving until until they die. Rest in peace Mama Dorah - "Umuntu Ngamuntu Ngabantu!" (translated "I Am Because You Are!") Your smile and your love will be ever alive in my soul and all those in whom your light continues to shine!