About the NRI TV Film Club
Our mission is to create a platform to promote Indian and multicultural talent worldwide in the areas of television, film, music and theater.
The Vision/The Concept
NRI TV Film Club is founded on a dream of achieving success together in the entertainment industry. We will provide a unique working and networking opportunity for Indian and multicultural talent in all aspects of the entertainment industry. This is a platform for producers, directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, production personnel and everyone in between. NRI TV Film Club endeavors to nurture the artist within such individuals while simultaneously helping them gain commercial success. This Club is open to everyone who loves the arts and those who would simply like to help support the creative aspirations of others. Ultimately, NRI TV Film Club seeks to make a broader impact by fostering creative visions that might otherwise never be realized. There are very few individuals who develop the courage to pursue their creative aspirations. There are many more who do not pursue their creative aspirations and abilities. Last, but not the least, there are millions who either have limited access to viewing the work of these creative individuals, or simply, have not understood the importance and value of supporting these individuals. NRI TV Film Club seeks to bridge all these gaps by bringing the audience and artist together, and creating opportunities for all talented people ... to explore the artist in you.
Tirlok Malik has been a part of show business for the past 15 years. In 1989, Malik founded Apple Productions and became a pioneer in making films on Indian immigrant experiences. He has produced 3 feature films including the award winning, "Lonely in America," and 4 documentaries. His film, "Lonely in America," has been shown in 74 countries, has been on HBO many times ,appeared in 36 film festivals and won many awards. His work has been acclaimed in the international and national media (more than 500 articles worldwide) including The New York Times, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Entertainment etc. His second film, "Love, Lust and Marriage", deals with the effects of the American dream and workaholics on marriage. Other movies include "Little Magician 3D" and "Arya."
Malik has a Bachelors Degree in Arts, and has attended the New York Academy of Theatrical Arts, The Actors Institute, The Weist Barron School of Television and the New School of Social Research.
He is the recipient of the Pride of India Gold Medal from the Indian Ambassador to the U.S. and in 1991 received the Glory of India International Award for promoting cultural understanding between East and West.
As an actor, Malik has performed over 40 versatile roles and has modeled for commercials including those for Air India, Altel Telephone Company, WABC TV and many others.
Besides this, Malik has been an entrepreneur for the past 20 years. He has been involved in the creation and execution of restaurant concepts including the Indian Café and the Ayurveda Café located in Manhattan. The New York Times, New York Magazine, Time-Out Magazine, The Daily News, local newspapers and many other media outlets have acclaimed his restaurants.
Lal Dadlaney, Founder of Video Sound, along with his brother Kishore Dadlaney, has been in the film distribution business for more than twenty years. Video Sound is a well-respected name in the film distribution business, having distributed more than 250 films.
Video Sound specializes in Indian film for Theatres, Video and DVD in North America and distributes films through a network of Asian Indian Exhibitors and Sales Distributors. They are connected with the film distribution infrastructure worldwide.
Its film library includes some of the biggest box office successes, as well many award winning Indian films, with top names of actors, producers, directors, etc. Video Sound was the first company to launch Bollywood films on VCD. They also were first company to introduce Bollywood films on DVD.
In addition to distribution, Video Sound began producing films. Their first film "Kehtaa Hai Dil Baar Baar" was produced entirely in the U.S. and starred Indian and Indian-American actors. The first film was also directed by an NRI director. It has been released worldwide in all formats. Mr. Dadlaney's experience in distribution is very valuable and integral part of the NRI TV Film Clubs mission.
The Late Gopal Raju was a suppoter, noted editor and newspaper publisher, is a pioneer of the Asian Indian media in the United States. Besides being a publisher, he has a keen interest in encouraging NRI talent in the area of film, television, music and theater. He founded India Abroad in 1970 and built it into the most respected Indian American weekly newspaper with the largest paid circulation nationwide. An important offshoot of India Abroad was India Abroad News Service , a daily wire service that pioneered the concept of bridging the information gap between India and the Indian Diaspora worldwide.
Two of Mr. Raju's passions have been creating awareness about the workings of the government and legislature among Indian Americans and the impact policies make on their lives as well as supporting a variety of charitable causes in India. As the founder and former chairman of the Indian American Center for Political Awareness, he was among the first Indian American leaders to recognize the importance of the community keeping itself up-to-date on policy changes in Washington D.C. Since 1994 the center has, at its own expense, placed 15 interns every summer in Congressional and legislative offices to help gain first-hand knowledge of the workings of the capital.
The Indian-American Foundation, which Mr. Raja founded in 1975, is an example of his commitment to supporting charities in India. From rebuilding villages destroyed by earthquakes in Maharashtra and Gujarat and helping the victims of the Asian tsunami disaster to making a specific commitment to raising funds for the renovation of the Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram he has been on the forefront of supporting causes.
He has also been involved in supporting and encouraging local artists and scholars who promote Indian art and heritage but have no access to institutional support
H. R. Shah
The club has a major supporter in H. R. Shah of TV Asia. His name has become well-known among the large NRI community. He has always supported many causes of the Indian-American community. He is an entrepreneur, community leader and philanthropist.