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#Integrate: “The Hope is we won’t need the Asian Cricket Awards in ten years’ time”


Asian Cricket Awards co-founders Baljit Rihal (Left) and Jas Jassal (Right) with Culture Secretary Sajid Javed.

The General Election has, unsurprisingly enough, coloured any and all manner of conversations in Britain over the past few weeks.

So it’s unsurprising that twin issues that have dominated political discourse in the run up to 7 May – those being ethnic minority communities and integration - have seeped into the world of cricket.

The 2015 edition of the Asian Cricket Awards was launched at Lord’s this week and discussions quickly turned to the importance and relevance of a separate awards ceremony which celebrates Asians in English cricket.

Launched in 2014, the event is part of a wider effort – which includes numerous programs by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) – to ultimately reflect Britain’s diversity in its various cricket teams: akin to the so-called Black and Ethnic Minority manifestos and other initiatives undertaken by the UK’s various political parties.

Sport, unlike politics, delivers more often than not and the ACA has done more than its share in galvanizing Britain’s South Asian communities to make their voices heard.

It’s a “journey” as the ECB describes that is already beginning to pay dividends not least by honouring those helping to uplift cricket at a grassroots level among British Asian communities across the country – by way of honours such as the ‘Grassroots’, ‘Behind the Scenes’ and ‘Inspiration’ Awards.

The 2015 Awards also features the ECB-sponsored Diversity Project Award, which honours the work done by county cricket clubs to engage with their local British Asian community. 

The hope is that that engagement will eventually lead to more young British Asian talent in county cricket and ultimately in the UK’s national squads. 

As Baljit Rihal, co-founder of the Awards, told the UKAsian: “The hope is that in ten year’s time, we won’t need an Asian Cricket Awards”.

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#Compelling: The Asian Awards – Behind the Headlines

As usual the truly compelling stories were the ones that didn’t go “trending” and didn’t make it to the Daily Mail’s obligatory new celebrity haircuts/cleavage/curves/mid-riffs/nip-slip pages. The Asian Awards took place on Friday and the internet appeared to buckle under the pressure after Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan (12.5 million …

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#Indie: Mara Pictures takes South Asian independent films online

One of Britain's leading champions of independent South Asian cinema is taking sub-continental indies online.

Mara Pictures - the London-based distributor of critically-acclaimed films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Slackistan and The Reluctant Fundamentalist - has launched Mara Digital, the first official online portal specializing in South Asian indies.

Mara Digital's first release is 'Tamanna', a British-Pakistani neo-noir drama made on a budget of just £50,000.

Mara is aiming to take films such as Tamanna beyond the festival circuit that is normally the preserve of small indies.

"Tamanna is a global release and the launch of Mara Digital marks a shift in our focus to digital releases beyond the UK territory”, said Sanam Hasan, co-founder of Mara Pictures.

Tamanna will be followed by another Pakistani production, 'Dukhtar', which premiered at the London Film Festival 2014 to critical acclaim.


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#PowerOfWomen: Line-up revealed for London Asian Film Festival 2015

Organizers have announced the full roster of films for this year's London Asian Film Festival (LAFF) which takes place across London from 19 March to 28 March.

This year's Festival highlights include critically acclaimed films such as 'Margarita With A Straw', 'Bhopal - A Prayer for Rain', 'Dukhtar', 'Rang Rasiya' and 'The World Before Her'.

The 17th edition London Asian Film Festival is once again organized by Tongues on Fire, which has built a reputation for promoting independent cinema as well as providing a showcase for female filmmakers.  In keeping with that ethos, LAFF 2015 celebrates 'The Power of Women', a theme that is reflected in this year's roster of special guests who include such filmmakers as Farah Khan, Nisha Pahuja and Afia Nathaniel.

Here's a list of the films being screened.

Opening Night Gala - 'Dukhtar'

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