Biographies

WRITER, DIRECTOR and PRODUCER
LALITHA RAJAN

Lalitha is currently a London based filmmaker and producer.
Glaswasian Tales is her first film and her first as writer, director and producer.
Previously, Lalitha ran the Glasgow based arts organisation, Ankur Productions, which she founded in 2004 and lead until 2010 and again from 2014 until its closure in 2015. During her tenure at Ankur, Lalitha produced a variety of community based arts projects, professional theatre productions, including the award-winning Roadkill by Cora Bissett and Playback by Davey Anderson.
Lalitha also acts as producer for the company Tumult in the Clouds, which took Paddy Cunneen’s multi-award winning play Fleeto to the Edinburgh Fringe and subsequently to the Brighton Fringe and the Adelaide Fringe in Australia. The company is currently in development with two new plays.
In 2010, Lalitha was a recipient of the Clore Fellowship, a cultural leadership programme supported by the Arts Council of England and the Clore Foundation.
Lalitha is currently working on a short film, set in London, and is also writing her first feature.

DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
STEVEN CAMERON FERGUSON
http://www.stevencameronferguson.com
Steven is a London based cinematographer focused on creative visual storytelling in an evocative and narrative driven fashion.
In 2015 he won the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award for Cinematography and also the overall ‘Best New Work’ award for the short film SICK.  His Narrative work has screened and won awards at top tier film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Telluride & AFI alongside receiving a BIFA and BAFTA Nomination for the film MANOMAN.
Steven works across Drama, Commercial and Fine Art and is experienced in majority of digital formats alongside 35mm and 16mm.

CAROLINE BRIDGES
http://www.carolinebridges.com
Caroline graduated from the National Film and Television School with an M.A (Cinematography) and since then has shot feature films, shorts, documentaries and promos for BBC, Comedy Central and STV. Recent credits include the feature film YOU CAN TUTU (Producer: Nicky Bentham) and short films SPORES (Directors: Richard and Frances Poet) and MEET ME BY THE WATER (Director: Raisah Ahmed), both of which had their debut at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016. Recent documentaries include VIRAGO for BBC4 and LOOKING AFTER MUM for CBBC. Her graduation film that she also directed won Best Debut Director at New York International Film Festival and was screened at festivals internationally. She is currently shooting episodes of long-running BBC drama DOCTORS.

EDITOR
ABOLFAZL TALOONI
http://www.talooni.com
Abo is London based film editor and has been editing moving pictures since 2003. He graduated from the National Film and Television School -NFTS- with an MA in Film Editing. He began his career cutting short fictions and documentaries, many of which continue to be screened at festivals around the world. He has edited narrative films that have screened at Cannes, Palm Springs, Chicago, Encounters, AFI, Telluride, Hampton and documentaries that have been shortlisted for a Grierson Award and screened at BAFTA.

ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSER
FILIP ŠIJANEC
http://www.filipsijanec.com
Filip Šijanec, guitarist,composer and musician, currently based in London, UK.
Since 2000 Filip has regularly performed at a large number of concerts, festivals, TV and radio shows and recording sessions in Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Spain, Jordan, Macedonia, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, France and Switzerland.
In 2009 Filip began his career as a composer for film and television. Since then, he composed music for numerous projects.
In 2011 Filip graduated with a masters degree from University of Music and performing arts in Graz, Austria, instrument jazz guitar.
In November 2013 Filip Šijanec was awarded with a WDR Filmscore award. This award is the main prize of European talent competition organized by Soundtrack_Cologne, a well renown congress for Music and Sound in Films, Games and Media in Cologne Germany.

SOUND DESIGNER
ROB SZELIGA
http://www.rszoniq.com
Rob Szeliga is a London-based sound designer working in film, TV, animation and web media. After studying traditional and contemporary music in Indonesia and Japan for a number of years, he returned to the UK in 2012 to train as a sound designer at the National Film and Television School. In 2016 he received a Golden Reel Sound Editing nomination for his work on the animation short Chhaya (2015).

 

PERFORMERS

KALEEM AHMAD (DJ FAROOQ)
Kaleem is 24 years old and from Glasgow. He originally became involved in the drama workshops for young people at Ankur Productions when he was 14 and later performed in their 2010 production of Playback, directed by Paddy Cunneen. Kaleem is also a Dhol drummer.
“I always had a love for music and drama growing up, but I didn’t pursue it after I left school as I was pressured to get a ‘real job’ and develop skills in a trade. I didn’t enjoy plumbing much so I took the opportunity to get into the creative side of things and joined Ankur and enrolled in a college course on the Creative Industries. While there, I developed a strong interest in radio and through hard work I ended up working with some of the biggest radio stations in the UK, both on and off the microphone. I do less live radio now, but I am currently developing a series of podcasts (social documentaries).”

ATTA YAQUB (HAROUN)
Best known for his lead part in Ken Loach’s Ae Fond Kiss, Atta has been acting in TV and film for the last ten years in various national and international projects. Credits include Doctors, Lip Service, Perfect Day and films including Good Morning Karachi, Running in Traffic and Nina’s Heavenly Delights. More recently he has performed on BBC’s River City and the upcoming film Transporting 2 by Danny Boyle. Atta is also engaged in community development work with young people using arts and sport.

THARAN SIVAPATHAM (AAQIL)
Tharan is an actor based in Glasgow and London. He has performed in several film, theatre and commercial productions, most notably the Bafta New Talent award winning comedy sketch show Fistpunch by Blackeye Productions; Concrete and Flowers by Sunny & Clyde Productions; the hit Edinburgh Fringe show X and Y by Black Dingo Productions; Stranger in Nusquamland by Short Play Theatre Glasgow and GlaswAsian Tales by Ankur Productions. He can be currently seen in the Rugby Six Nations Commercial on all ITV platforms. Tharan is represented by LongRun Artistes London.

KIERAN AYUYA KITAZI BURNS (JAZ)
Kieran was born and raised in Dubai, UAE until he moved to the West Coast of Scotland in 2013. He is currently a student in high school, and is looking forward to University life in a year. Kieran started dancing when he was 12 years old.
“My passion in life is dance, I dance for laughter, I dance for fears, I dance for hope, I dance for cheers & tears. When I dance I live my dreams.”
Kieran has competed in several competitions including , Desc school talent show (2012); Middle East Kids Got Talent Show (2012); Largs Academy school show ( 2013); Largs Got Talent (2013);UDO Scottish Street Dance (2015);02 Academy performance (2015);Breakin’ Convention London, Dance Battle against Les Twins(2015); Collaborations (2016) andUDO World Championshps (2016).

ASIM BUKHARI (GRANDFATHER/ DADAJI)
When we talk about great actors of the Golden Era of PTV a few names come in mind, out of those, Asim Bukhari is a name which needs no introduction. His contributions, to the field of radio, TV, stage and film are huge.
Born in the walled city of Lahore as Asif Sha, Asim Bukjari is a retired National Bank of Pakistan officer where he also started his acting career by becoming part of a theater group created by like minded individuals who also became big names of Pakistan TV and film industry including Kavi Khan, Masood Akhtar, Jameel Fakhri, Ali Ijaz, Rafi Khawar (Nanna) and many more. He quit theater in the late 70’s but rejoined in the early 90’s, only working with the famous non-commercial theatre group, Ajoka theater.
In the career which spans over five decades, Asim Bukhari appeared in over 500 series or serials including Sona Chandi, Andhera Ujaala, Bakht Naama, Ali Baba Chaalis Chor, Janjal-pura, Zard Dupeher, Neelay Haath, Zaroorat and many more. He has also acted in over a hundred radio drama on Radio Pakistan, Lahore and hosted a famous radio show, Punjab Rang for over two years. He also played supporting roles in over two hundred films. He voluntarily retired from films in the late 90’s but recently has been seen in cameo appearances in blockbuster movies like Bol and Wrong Number. Apart from acting, Asim Bukhari is a very good writer. His several plays on social issues have been aired on TV and radio. He is the author of three Punjabi Sufi poetry books. To recognize and appreciate his contributions in the field of showbiz, he was awarded with a Presidential award ‘Pride of Performance’ on the 23rd of March, 2014. Asim Bukhari is an active social worker. He is the General Secretary of ‘Aasra Welfare Society’ which has done several social welfare projects including aid for IDP’s, flood and earthquake victims, treatment of TB patients at Ghulab Devi hospital and mass marriages for deserving couple.