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FREE Vol-3 ISSUE-2 Feb 2016 M NTHLY MELBOURNE’S LOCAL INDIAN NEWSPAPER www.indianmonthly.com.au INDIAN FEB 2016 / www.bollywoodsun.com Melbourne based actor Karan Battan to be seen in upcoming movie The Return of Sardar Ji with Diljit Dosanjh Harinder Sidhu, Australia’s next High Commissioner to India Pioneer of Spoken Word Poetry Sukjit kaur Khalsa makes to the “semi-final” of Australia’s Got Talent The Hidden Truth

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2 INDIAN MONTHLY | FEB 2016 Melbourne based actor Karan Battan to be seen in upcoming movie The Return of Sardar Ji with Diljit Dosanjh Hailing from the land of Mahabharata - Kurukshetra, this versatile Melbourne-based actor was born and brought up in Chandigarh and later moved to Kurukshetra where he completed his Graduation and Masters in IT. Karan Battan is passionate about acting and believes hard-work is the only key to success. Mr Battan migrated to Australia in 2005 on a skilled migration visa and joined his older brother in his travel business. He wanted to jump in this field from the very beginning but as it doesn’t have secure future, parents were a little doubtful and suggested him to focus on studies. His acting career started in 2012 when he started working in Australian TV Serials as extra and continued the same for a year. In 2013, he realized his potential and completed an acting course after which he started working in music videos and films. People started appreciating his work and in no time, he became the superstar of Melbourne. Mr Battan has done over 18 short films till now. His short film Match got selected for International Film Festival and was screened at HOYTS. Mr Battan iterated, “It was not an easy job to reach here and lots of hard work is spent. My friends and family have always supported me and that’s my power. I have always desired to work in the mainstream industry and when I got the offer to work in The Return of Sardar ji, it was like a dream come true.” He added, “It was fun working with Diljit bhaji and Director Rohit Jugraj. Working with one of the biggest production house, White Hill production was an amazing experience. The movie is a comic and emotional drama.” On being asked what makes him strong, the talented actor remarked, “My hard-work and the desire never to give up plus support from family and friends is what makes me even stronger.” Few of those who have always stood by him include Director Gurmeet Sran, Sandeep Raj, Jaga Peddi, Faiz Shamir Naqvi, Poras Beniwal, Ashish Yadav, Dr Sonia Singh, Preeti Daga, Satinder Chawla, Alex Singh, Sunita Sethi. However, the list he says is long enough to mention each and every name. Mr Battan has never had any bad experience during his journey and the best thing he says is that he works with full devotion. Some of the movise he worked in include Irma, Match, Illamei, Umeed, My First Office, Mother Mafia, Wedlock, I Do Ishq Only Tumse and others. Mr Battan is playing the lead negative in The Return of Sardar Ji. He has recently came back from India where he shot another Punjabi movie Big Daddy, again in lead negative. The movie is a sensible one directed by Director Imran Sheith and produced by Keshav Diwedi. His another short film The Hidden Truth is going to be released on 21st February 2016 which is on the evil of domestic violence. The movie stars Karran Battan, Dr Sonia Singh and Jeet Singh in pivotal roles. Others include Sunita Sethi, Satinder Chawla, Monica Raizada, Preeti Daga, Arpita Bhatt, Vikram Kumar and Pritpal. Mr Battan revealed that the secret to his success is that he always tries to give his best to whatever he does and is always open to learning, “We learn every day. We are all students and that is how we develop and succeed.” www.indianmonthly.com.au

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4 INDIAN MONTHLY | FEB 2016 Harinder Sidhu, Australia’s next High Commissioner to India Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has announced Ms Harinder Sidhu as the next Australian High Commissioner to India. Ms Sidhu becomes the first woman of Sikh origin appointed as Australian High Commissioner to India. The appointment is seen as significant as the role of women in top diplomatic positions. Moreover, Ms Sidhu is a senior climate change official which is seen as significant given India’s position on the issue. Ms Sidhu is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has also served as First Assistant Secretary of the Multilateral Policy Division. She has previously served overseas in Moscow and Damascus. She holds a Bachelor of Law Degree in Economics from the University of Sydney. Excited about her new role, Ms Sidhu remarked,’ India is one of the most exciting places for a diplomat to be at the moment. India’s economic prospects are bright and it is becoming a more influential and active international player.” “The Australia-India relationship has grown substantially over the past few years and I will dedicate myself to building that relationship further,” she added. Ms Sidhu’s family hails from Singapore but moved to Australia when she was a child, “Both sides of my parents are from Punjab- my father was born in India,” she said. Ms Sidhu speaks a little Punjabi and Hindi but is looking forward to learn to be more fluent. She added further, “At a personal level, I have always been fascinated by the country of my heritage and am keen to learn more about Indiaits language, culture and history- while I am there.” MS Sidhu is eager to indulge her passion for Bollywood movies. She exclaims, The first movie I remember watching as a child was Brahmachari, it starred Shammi Kapoor and Mumtaz and I’ve been hooked ever since.” One of her first tasks in the job is likely to be hosting the Australian men’s and women’s cricket teams in India for the T20 next month. She iterated, “I’m looking forward to seeing both the Australians and Indians in action. I hope to get to Mohali for the match and, with luck, see them both in the final too. May the best team win.” She takes over from Patrick Suckling who has been posted in India since 2013. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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FEB 2016 | INDIAN MONTHLY 5 Republic Day or Division Day??? 26th January is Indian Republic Day and Australia Day, a day we get to celebrate 2 historical events together here in Australia. This year when one of the community member, Tanvi Mor went along with Ramon Help Inc members to join the parade at Melbourne Townhall, she witnessed various regional groups and associations scattered at various points but failed to find one gathering leading the Indian flag. Therefore, she decided to share the experience in her own words with everyone in a hope to bring change. There is a requirement of taking a formal forum ahead to speak with the legal authorities to follow a respectable protocol for the next year Republic Day celebration. This poem by Tanvi Mor has been an expression to unite and showcase Indian vibrant culture and diversity in a unified way on significant days like Indian Republic Day. Hear me hear me, I have few things to share Reading this, you may decide your own way Love India I love India not just what I have to say Republic Day for some seemed to be a child’s play Running all sides to get in there Excited to join parade with some pride None of us able to find what we’re looking for Trust me when I say it was a confusing sight India Gate parade has so much to showcase Vibrant history, colours, culture and the language What I saw what I faced at Melbourne Townhall Was everyone taking mere advantage??? We must unite were the words of wisdom Since the days of our historical freedom Where did Indian nationality disappear? All those regional associations were fearsome Not one two but there were five Posing as Indians creating an indifferent vibe Narrating this experience as crisp and short Witnessing the many versions of our tribe Telegu, Sikh, Punjabi Sindhu were there with their tags Where was my Indian Tiranga, isn’t that our Indian Flag??? Sincere Regards From An Indian!!! www.indianmonthly.com.au

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8 INDIAN MONTHLY | FEB 2016 Sukjit Kaur Khalsa slammed it on Australia’s Got Talent Pioneer of Spoken Word Poetry Sukjit kaur Khalsa makes to the “semi-final” of Australia’s Got Talent Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, a first generation Sikh who was featured in Australia’s Got Talent just made every judge’s jaw drop. With her talent of Spoken Word Poetry, Sukhjit has tried to break all those stereotypes and prejudices linked with the Indian community. The young poetess forewarned the judges and audience to brace themselves as she stated, “My act is going to be very controversial.” She is an activist and is widely known for her stage performances to highlight social issues and that too with a touch of humour and satire. She faced tough competition to reach the “semi-final” of Channel 9’s show Australia’s Got Talent. The 21 year old believes if you are confident enough and have a loud voice, you should speak for the voiceless. Born and raised in Perth, Sukhjit moved to Melbourne six months ago for higher studies. Let’s have a look at what she spoke about: “If you’re not in Australia, ‘where the bloody hell are ya?’ Remember the Bingle jingle, inviting the world to mix and mingle? Where a fair go was your welcome mat, unless you’re of caramel descent and then ain’t nobody got time for that. You see, rocking up for my first job at Coles, was like a scene from Border Patrol. What makes you Australian? Is it a Southern Cross Tattoo or wombat stew crumbled with a Dunkaroo? Do you think of a time when Australia’s learnt to share and care and dare to wear its heart on its face, fully aware that most of us in this place are far from fair, but brown and black and slow to attack? But quick to embrace a warm Australia. I’m confused as to why, on Australia Day, when the night sky spews bigot bile, I’m left traumatised. When a teen rips off my uncle’s turban, I’m an enraged flame of pain and shame and sorrow, for tomorrow when a hooning ute throws a rotten peach at my dad and screams ‘go home, ya bloody terrorist.’ I plead to you Lara , where the bloody hell are we? My people, the Sikhs, came here in 1860 with camels and carts and courageous hearts and look at the maxi Taxi, we’re still driving and steering this country in offices and hospitals and even on stage. So when people tell me and my family to go home to where we came from, I reply with a smile, tongue-in-cheek, ‘mate, we’ve been right at home for the past 150 years!’ I’m not the one that’s a freak, I’m fully Sikh.” www.indianmonthly.com.au

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10 INDIAN MONTHLY | FEB 2016 Sikh actor and designer barred from flying to New York because of his turban Indian American Sikh actor Waris Ahluwalia was barred from boarding a flight home to New York after he refused to remove his turban in Public. The actor and designer exclaimed that the incident happened during additional security checks before a flight from Mexico City to New York. The Brooklyn raised 41 year old had travelled to Mexico City on Aero Mexico but was disappointed when held back from his return flight. Aero Mexico regretted the inconvenience and said security protocols had to be followed. Mr Ahluwalia posted about the situation on social media where it went viral. He was on his way to New York Fashion Week and remarked that he had compiled with the additional checks but refused to remove his turban when asked by the airline personnel to do so. He said, “That is not something that I would do in public. That’s akin to asking someone to take off their clothes.” He added, “I was shaking at first. That’s not a nice thing to be told that you are not allowed to fly on this plane because of something you are wearing or because of your religious beliefs.” And when he wouldn’t take his turban off outside a private screening room, he was told he need to book a flight on another airline. In a statement, Aero Mexico said that he was asked to go through “screening and inspection before boarding, in strict compliance with TSA protocol”a reference to the US Transportation Security Administration. “We have offered the passenger alternatives to reach his destination as soon as possible. We sincerely regret any inconvenience caused by this incident.” In a statement, the Sikh American Legal Defence & Education Fund (SALDEF) said, “We are disappointed and concerned that Mr Ahluwalia was asked to remove his turban prior to boarding his flight. The turban is an integral part of a Sikh’s identity and removal in public is akin to a strip search. The security personnel involved in this debacle owe Mr Ahluwalia an apology and must be trained in cultural and religious awareness.” www.indianmonthly.com.au

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12 INDIAN MONTHLY | FEB 2016 Let’s know a bit more about Mr Melbourne Glamorous 2015, Sikhwinder Singh aka RON Ron and Sophie will be seen together in lead roles in My Girlfriend by Sandeep Raj MMG’s Mr Melbourne Glamorous 2015 is more popularly known as Ron which he and his friends mean ‘Ride Out Night’. This isn’t his original name which is Sukwinder Singh. In an interview with Indian Monthly team, Mr Ron shared about his journey from Hoshiyarpur to Melbourne. Ron has always been active from his early childhood, be it studies or extracurricular activities like Bhangra, Stage Performances, Kick Boxing or helping his dad in the family business. Passion for acting and modelling has always been his dream from an early age. Ron migrated to Australia in 2013 with hopes and aspirations for a better future and a zeal to do something bigger. Ron has already proved his worth in a very short period of time. He studies Accounting but is passionate about modelling and acting. Ron iterated, “At MMG, I got a platform to showcase my talent. And everyone out there has supported me for the same. My brother Aminder and his wife Raman have always been there to help me out- be it my diet plan or my fitness training. They were the ones who used to push me to perform better during MMG.” His fitness trainer is Kamaldeep Kahma @ Kahma 24*7 who took care of his diet products, gym and fitness training. For his ramp walk, Ron gives all credit to Dr Sonia Singh who won the title of Ms India Melbourne in 2013 and is an actor, model and a teacher. Ron admits that the competition was not as easy as it may seem, all the contestants were amazing and he had to give his best. He adds, “It’s not about if you win or lose, it’s about participating and giving your best forgetting about the title or prize.” He has recently shot for a Punjabi song in Melbourne. His next venture is the lead role in Sandeep Raj’s short film My Girlfriend opposite Sophie who won the title of Ms Melbourne Glamorous 2015 at MMG. The movie is produced by AVYOSA Entertainment and directed by Melbourne based director Sandeep Raj and will be released soon. About Sandeep, Ron said, “It’s a good experience working with him. I am learning a lot. As I don’t have any experience in professional acting, Sandeep is very co-operative and patient.” About Sophie, Ron remarked that she is a wonderful person to work with and a good actor as well. Ron believes, «Once you know what you want, go for it, no matter what, work really hard and you’ll definitely get it.” Ron is actively supporting AIPD Group’s Mr Punjab Australia 2016 which will be held on 21st May 2016. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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14 INDIAN MONTHLY | FEB 2016 Melbourne Service Club, MSC organizes Lohri Lunch for Seniors 70 people including Acting Mayor of Wyndham Council - Gautam Gupta and Sarah Carter - Councillor City of Maribyrnong. The activities at the event included a singing competition for Seniors, Bingo, Karaoke on top of lots of dancing and other fun filled activities. Melbourne Service club is a fairly new initiative started by a group of immigrants who have been in the country for over a decade now and have a shared belief that it’s time to give back to the community. In addition to focusing on areas such as Breakfast club for school kids, assisting organisations trying to eradicate youth homelessness, MSC is also focusing on working closely with seniors in our society, especially the ones that have recently migrated and are still finding their feet in the country. There are three areas that MSC will be focusing on to help seniors: Removing Isolation - Despite so many organisations in the community, there are still large number of seniors who are isolated either due to lack of awareness about these organisations or due to transportation, so by organising similar sevents, MSC wants to create a network between youth and seniors and create a common platform for everyone to work on collectively. Transportation - Everyone knows that how hard it is to move around without a car and what we have found is that many young people are happy to assist and volunteer their personal time to move seniors around. MSC is working on creating a communication channel through technology (such as a ride share app) where volunteers can register and provide their availability and the seniors can use it. Improve Communication - This was the first thing we thought about when we started the club to how to assist seniors in getting up to date with the technology, MSC is planning to run series of workshops to train seniors on using basic technology such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Email, Google Search etc so that that can communicate with other seniors and stay updated on various activities happening in the local community. The event was of no charge to the Seniors and fully funded by below listed sponsors. The main goal was to introduce seniors to MSC›s future activities and gather feedback on what they would like the club to focus on from their perspective. WizWealth Finance Natural Stone Importers Tandoori Times For more information on MSC, contact Ripan Sethi, President MSC @ 0404 072 665 or Manpreet Singh, Vice-President MSC @ 0400 065 000 Melbourne Service club organised its first ‹Seniors Lohri Lunch› on 10th January,2016 @ Tandoori Times Yarraville. The event was attended over www.indianmonthly.com.au

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