Blueberry Street Films
 
 
THE BHANGRA GENERATION
 
 
DOCUMENTARY
 
 
WRITTEN, PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY R. PAUL DHILLON
 
THE BHANGRA GENERATION is an electrifying, entertaining and enlightening on-hour documentary film on the fast growing phenomenon known world-wide as Bhangra and how it has influenced the young generation of South Asians in the west.

The film is the first of its kind sociological-musical documentary that examines the lives of the second generation of Indo-Canadians/South Asians who have been impacted by this music which largely from Britain.

The film examines the lives of four Indo-Canadian artists, who are making their mark in the world through dance and music. Most prominent of the four is international Bhangra superstar Jazzy B.
Bhangra, which originated as both a dance form and a musical form in the Northern Indian state of Punjab before being fused in 1980s and 90s in Britain, has become an integral part of the worldwide Punjabi culture and diaspora, playing a revolutionary role akin to black music in America in shaping the identity of Non Resident Indians (NRIs) in the west.

Produced For Rogers OMNI Network

OFFICIAL SELECTION
*****THE SPINNING WHEELS FILM FESTIVAL OF HOLLYWOOD
*****THE SIKH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (NEW YORK)

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(See other BLUEBERRY STREET FILMS PRODUCED CREDITS under FILMOGRAPHY)

IN ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT

 
THE FUNKY FUSION MASTERS
 
 
MUSICAL-COMEDY
 
 
(1/2 HOUR TELEVISION SITCOM)
 
 
STORY & TELEPLAY BY R. PAUL DHILLON
 
LOG LINE: Pop-Rock-Bhangra band fights against the odds and has a rockin’ good time along the way to a rock contest. A kind of THE MONKEES meets BOLLYWOOD Pop Music!

The Funky Fusion Masters are a multicultural (could be all Indo-Canadian) garage band that combines the hard edge of Metallica and the funky beats of ethnic (Punjabi-Indian-pop-dance) music sensation known as Bhangra music. The trademark of this music is the large two-sided drum, which creates a unique musical sound.

The pilot episode has the The Fusion Masters, a unique mix of Canadian and Indo-Canadian musicians, getting set to make their mark in the world of music. The band has entered a national music contest.
But the road to the top is full of hurdles, as the band must face everything from having no place to practice to not having enough money to pay the contest fee. And this is before the actual cut throat competition known the Battle of the Bands. But the boys with their bright disposition and have-fun attitude are just on life’s misery-laden highway.

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THE TEMPTRESS ARIEL
 
 
SYNOPSIS
 
Screenplay by R. Paul Dhillon
 
 
Based On The Novel “THE TEMPTRESS ARIEL” by Greg Bauder
 
The Temptress Ariel is a love story of two schizophrenics who meet in a psychiatric boarding home. The distant yet sensitive Don falls head over heels for a new resident, the moody, free-spirited Ariel. Don's infatuation and Ariel’s manipulative ways lead them on a journey filled with the highs of love and the sorrow of heartbreak and betrayal.

Complicating their relationship is the fact that the two free spirits who long for an ordinary life are mere prisoners to the debilitating emotional condition, which is part of their ongoing struggle to stay sane.

Don, who is a model patient, tells Ariel he is worried about her not taking her meds (or "cheeking" as it is called) but Ariel doesn’t realize that her deception and lies are only leading her down a path of no return. Adding to her edgy lifestyle is Ariel’s penchant for booze and drugs, which only adds to the lethal combination, destined to lead her down a path of self destruction.

After their short, rocky courtship, Ariel talks Don into spending the weekend at her domineering grandmother's who dispels some of the things about Ariel's past. Despite warning from the Nursing staff and the grandmother not to drink – Ariel and Don end up in a pub on her insistence. When she gets drunks at the pub and loses control, Don becomes worried that Ariel is headed down the grim dark road known as depression.

During an outing to Stanley Park Staff and Residents in the Psychiatric Boarding Home's van, Ariel “Joneses” out (loses it), confusing a policeman on a horse with her ex-boyfriend Stan riding on her horse Teddy. She is taken to a hospital by ambulance.

Don is helpless as Ariel succumbs to her slow self destruction. His obsession and infatuation with Ariel clouds his judgment, forcing him fall from grace and land heavily alongside Ariel in the same “Loonie-Bin”.

At the hospital, Don tries to rekindle their love but finds great resistance from Staff, who keep them apart as they see the relationship a hindrance to them getting better and going back into Society.

While Ariel and Don struggle with their relationship, the ghost of Ariel’s unseen boyfriend, Stan, loom large over their lives. Stan, a career criminal serving jail time, is released on parole and comes looking for Ariel, who finds a way to escapes from the hospital to reunite with Stan.

Don is left to ponder whether Ariel’s love was genuine or was she simply manipulating him while she waited for Stan to be released. Before he can drift into severe depression over her loss – Don finds the strength to go after her in an attempt to save her from the criminal and dangerous Stan.

Such heroic efforts seldom end well as evidenced by the many horror stories in Vancouver’s infamous Eastside. But Don and Ariel’s story will remain etched in the psyche of viewers of two lovers, for whom the white picket fence and a couple of kids was a always farfetched dream!


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Raj Paul Dhillon
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The Bhangra-Generation Trailer
Spicy Touch Trailer
Kabuttar Music Video
 
Press Room
R. Paul Dhillon’s The Bhangra Generation Makes its World Premiere this sunday On OMNI
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The Bhangra Generation
 
 
 
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