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Brand new seasonal comedy starring YouTube sensation Humza Arshad to air on Sky Arts next week

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A brand new comedy short Christmas Jumpers is set to launch on Sky TV next week, airing on Thursday 21st December on Sky Arts (Sky 122). The short stars leading British Asian comedian and YouTube sensation Humza Arshad and online comedy star Mo Gilligan, two of the UK's brightest comedy stars. Christmas Jumpers revolves around a love triangle that hinges on creating the best Christmas jumper, bringing together an awesome cast that also includes Emily Atack (The InBetweeners) and Martin Trenaman (Phoneshop).

The launch of Christmas Jumpers wraps up a fantastic 2017 for Humza Arshad who has spent the year travelling around the world in his ambassador role for YouTube to combat hate speech, Islamaphobia and xenophobia, with recent travels taking him to Hong Kong, Istanbul, Rio and New York where he spoke at the UN alongside Queen Rania of Jordan and Whoopi Goldberg. Humza also saw the release of his debut scripted series Coconut for BBC Three as he played Ahmed Armstrong, a self-styled leading 'Gentleman Documentarian'. Humza is also one of the most viewed British comedians on YouTube with over 85 million views and has featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post and USA Today for his work on preventing young people on the radicalisation and combating hate speech.

Comedian Humza Arshad says: "This is such a proud moment for me in my journey as the star of my very own show which I have co-written. To have such an amazing cast on my writing debut for Sky is truly humbling. We had so much fun on set and I'm really pleased with how my chemistry with Mo came out on screen. I can't wait for my fans to see me in something different...but they'll still get some of the tongue in cheek humour they've known me for!"

Big Deal Films is one of the fastest growing - fully independent - production companies in the UK with commissions across a number of genres including factual, entertainment and scripted for the likes of BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, Channel 4, Sky One and ITV2. Led by BAFTA winning talent manager, Dhanny Joshi, 32, Big Deal Films was created to create a mainstream platform to showcase diverse talent and stories that would be often overlooked by traditional media. With no investment backing and three years after launching, Big Deal Films is now considered the go to TV production company for innovative content and one that has frequently offered opportunities for BAME on and off screen talent.

Dhanny Joshi, Managing Director of Big Deal Films adds: "Christmas Jumpers wraps up a great year for Big Deal Films. This is our second scripted commission for a mainstream broadcaster and we're grateful to Sky for taking a chance on the underdog. We are very happy with the performances of some incredible actors in this episode and hopefully the audience will be too. We've continued to push diverse talent both on screen with Humza and Mo and behind the scenes with it being directed by Mustapha Kseibati and DOP'd by Kelvin Richard who both worked on the Bafta and Broadcast nominated Apple Tree House and of course myself and partner Thomas Stogdon here at Big Deal Films who executive produced."

Christmas Jumpers will air on Sky Arts (Sky 122) on Thursday 21st December at 10pm and is available to watch now on Sky Demand.

‘Kamli’: British Asian bollywood singer Tripet Garielle releases new romantic anthem

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British born Bollywood singer Tripet Garielle has some good news in store for her fans as she announces the release of her brand new single ‘Kamli’.

The song oozes with passion and would be a treat for the romantics is flagged as the love track of the year.

Tripet Garielle recognised for her soulful voice has been making strides into the Bollywood music by rendering hits like the upbeat, urban-flavoured ‘Aa Vee Jaa’ and ‘Saathiya’ with ‘Wo Pal’ being her career-defining track that released in 2015.

The new single ‘Kamli’ is produced by one of the world’s most renowned Dubai-based music composers Atif Ali who has worked with the likes of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Pritam, Salim –Suleiman and many more.

“I am really excited to share the news that my new single ‘Kamli’ is out now! It’s got a heavy Bollywood flavour and it makes me fall in love every time.

“With ‘Kamli’ I want to take my listeners into another world where they see, touch and feel the emotion of love. And I know for certain my fans are waiting for this song and when they hear it, they will love it. I literally had butterflies when I recorded ‘Kamli’. I feel it first, and then I record it,” says Tripet Garielle.

Referred as ‘Voice of Love’, Tripet draws her inspiration from western singers Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey. But her greatest musical influences are Lata Mangeshkar and Shreya Ghoshal when it comes to singing in the language of Bollywood.

“Just because I’m born and brought up in the west doesn’t mean I don’t belong in the east. Singing in Hindi is not just a dream but a desire to achieve my dreams to sing in a language I cannot speak but I admire so much,” reveals Tripet Garielle.

Crossing over multiple genres such as Dance, Acoustic, Ambient Lounge, Romantic, and Sufi Rock, Tripet has managed to garner a strong fan base in a short span of time. Now with the release of ‘Kamli’, she looks forward to kicking off a new chapter in her career.

Now with six singles and four music videos to her credit, she is also preparing to launch her Debut Album later this year. For now, get ready to beat the heat this summer with the soulful voice of Tripet Garielle in her latest single ‘Kamli’.

Apart from a career in music, Tripet is actively involved in social causes. Coming from an underprivileged family background and having faced hardships in her early life, Tripet is on a mission to support the orphans and empower women through the #GirlPower project that supports girl orphans across Mumbai in India.

My big fat Sikh wedding

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Asian mum in the bridal industry puts together valuable “pocket guide” on how to plan the big day

As a British Asian working mother and business entrepreneur Gurj Bancil is passionate about her culture.  A few years back Gurj realised customs and traditions have always been an important part of every religion and culture.

Born and raised in the midlands Gurj has been in the weddings and events industry for over ten-years. She decided it was time she put together a guide for brides and grooms planning their Sikh wedding, with hints and tips on how to follow traditions and add their own twist to their special event.

Whilst she was helping families and couples arrange and plan their special day,  she was being asked questions on the basic traditions.

Gurj commented: ‘‘I have been in the weddings and events industry for over a decade now.

“Working with clients designing their wedding cards, special occasion cards, weddings and events, clients would  ask questions on how to carry out certain traditions."

"I’d be asked questions like what items to give at a certain ceremony or ‘what’s the letter you give to the groom’s side when you give the wedding card’.

“I then thought today’s generation do not have an idea of what to do and how to do a Sikh wedding, so I started putting pen to paper and began my research.

“With the aid of my wedding video, family and friend’s weddings and my knowledge, I finalised my book ‘Traditions: A Pocket Guide To A Sikh Punjabi Wedding’.”

“It is a great informative book for families and couples who are planning their marriage, bringing alive the Punjabi traditions with a step-by-step guide which will help all generations.

“At the same time the book will create quality family togetherness everyone wants it, but it seems increasingly harder to achieve as people want to choose the easier option hence losing the tradition.”

Getting Asians into football

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ON FIELD AND OFF FIELD PROBLEMS: The challenge of getting more Asian footballers into the top tiers of the English game remains a priority

ON FIELD AND OFF FIELD PROBLEMS: The challenge of getting more Asian footballers into the top tiers of the English game remains a priority

Representation number ‘must increase’

As Premier League clubs continue to spend millions of pounds on players from around the world, one demographic is still missing in the country’s favourite sport – Asians.

Currently, the only player of British Asian descent playing in the Premier League is Swansea City’s Neil Taylor, while Adil and Samir Nabi at West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa's Easah Suliman and Liverpool’s Yan Dhanda are among a host of prospects hoping to make it into the top tier.

With such little representation across the top tiers of the game, Asians are struggling to make their mark on the pitch.

Sporting Equals, the UK's leading charity promoting ethnic diversity in sport and physical activity, have been working to create a more reflective game.

This week, they have announced the continuation of their strategic partnership with the UK Asian Football Championships – now in its 18th year – as they help to raise the profile of Asians in football.

The event is organised by the Scottish Ethnic Minority Sports Association SEMSA and in partnership with Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, Rangers Football Club and Celtic Football Club.

STAR PLAYER: Neil Taylor is currently the only player of British Asian descent playing in the Premier League

STAR PLAYER: Neil Taylor is currently the only player of British Asian descent playing in the Premier League

Arun Kang CEO Sporting Equals commenting on the partnership said: “We are delighted to be able to support the Asian Football Championships in its eighteenth year of being.

“Even though this is a momentous achievement in itself it is still sad to think that after 18 years, there still remains a lack of Asian footballers at elite level here in the UK.

“We feel that greater thinking needs to be carried out by influencing bodies to promote Asian football talent.

“However, in this instance, we congratulate the fantastic commitment and support of the Asian Football Championships who have kept alive this issue to empower Asian footballers, coaches and volunteers."

Kash Siddiqi is one of only nine Asian footballers to have played in the Football League and is a big supporter of Sporting Equals.

Commenting on the existing problems in the game, he said: “It is great to see initiatives such as the Asian Football Championships taking place. The event provides a great platform for Asian football talent.”

Paul Elliott, former Celtic FC player and the first black professional footballer to sit on the FA Council, is supporting the championships.

With preliminary games set to be played at Glasgow Green Football Centre before the final is staged at Celtic Park, he has more connection than most to the tournament this year.

“Whilst it is great to see significant numbers of professional footballers from the African Caribbean communities it is concerning that, in comparison, south Asian communities have yet to break through in any significant number,” he said.

“More thought and understanding is needed of the challenges that have prevented Asian players to enter the elite game in the UK.

“This tournament helps to keep shining the light on this important issue and I congratulate Sporting Equals and SEMSA in supporting and organising it.”