Vekeana Dhillon is a Screenwriter, Series Creator, Playwright, Television Presenter, Radio Presenter and Actress.
|Occupation||Screenwriter, Series Creator, Playwright, Actor, Television Presenter and Radio Presenter.|
|Spouse(s)||Puneet Sira (2010–present)|
Early life and educationEdit
She was born in New Delhi, India and later her family migrated to Toronto, Canada. Raised in Alberta, Canada and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
Vekeana Dhillon has written the Virat Kohli animation superhero series Super V (2019) for Disney, Marvel HQ, Star TV, Hotstar and Baweja Movies. It is directed by Puneet Sira and Season 1 premiered in over 70 countries on 5th November 2019 and went on to become the highest rated show in the animation bracket in India.
As a Series Creator she is writing several premium content shows that have secured placements on several major OTT platforms.
Vekeana Dhillon has written the high end musical play Balle Balle (2017) for Wizcraft International Entertainment, Directed by Viraf Sarkari.
She has had five feature films produced and released internationally among them being I - Proud To Be An Indian (2004) Produced by Sohail Khan and Directed by Puneet Sira, Jai Veeru (2009) Produced by Siddi Vinayak Movies, and Kisaan (2009) again Produced by Sohail Khan and Directed by Puneet Sira, and Pinky Moge Wali (2012) Directed by Vikram Dhillon.
Ji Karda (Eyeline Entertainment) Director Vikram Dhillon. The remake of Kurbani (FK International) and Hoshiyar Havaldar (Mirchi Movies). Her screenplay Foot It, a family/dance feature film, with Corus Entertainment / Rugged Media and a horror feature film titled Crashed for Telefilm Canada.
Dhillon's association with the entertainment industry was initially as an actor. Snip (2000) was her first feature film in which she played the tenacious gossip driven Delnaz Readymoney, followed by shorts for MTV in leading roles in Love Ke Liye and One Tight Slap which led to Bollywood Bound, a Canadian National Film Board documentary-feature following the lives of Vekeana Dhillon, Vikram Dhillon, Neeru Bajwa and Ruby Bhatia as transplanted Canadians in the world of Bollywood. Vekeana was hired by Rupert Murdoch’s Channel V where she became the face and personality of several shows that she hosted including the channel’s prime-time slotted [V] Dares U with co-host Yudi Urs and [V] Challenge with brother Vikram Dhillon.
Vekeana parlayed her Bollywood experiences as a contributor and reporter for the BBC Asian Network where she did a two year stint with her own weekly half-hour slot on the Nikki Bedi Show, in addition to reporting for regional BBC stations in the UK. Vekeana shared her voice and news with the BBC World Service and BBC General News Service.
She is the daughter of Lyricist Harcharan Dhillon and retired Environmental Health Officer Dyal Singh Dhillon. She’s worked extensively with her producer/director brother, Vikram Dhillon, and currently lives in India with her husband, noted director/producer Puneet Sira whom she married in 2010.
Filmography – WriterEdit
|Super V (Superhero Animation)||Hindi/English||TV Series (12 Eps)||5th November 2019||Disney, Marvel HQ, Star TV, Hotstar, Baweja Movies.|
|Balle Balle||English||Musical Play (Comedy)||2017–2018||Wizcraft International Entertainment|
|The Tape||Hindi||Feature FIlm (Horror)||2018||Pentacles Cinevision Pvt. Ltd.|
|The Great Punjabi Luv Shuv Story||Punjabi||Web Series (Comedy) (13 Eps)||2017||AltBalaji / Eyeline Entertainment|
|Foot It||English||Feature Film (Family/Dance)||In Development||Corus Entertainment / Rugged Media|
|Crashed||English||Feature Film (Horror)||In Development||Telefilm Canada|
|Ji Karda||Punjabi||Feature Film (Drama)||2014||Eyeline Entertainment|
|Pinky Moge Wali||Punjabi||Feature Film (Comedy)||2012||Batra Showbiz Productions|
|Kisaan||Hindi||Feature Film (Drama)||2009||Sohail Khan Productions|
|Jai Veeru||Hindi||Feature Film (Action)||2009||Siddhi Vinayak Movies|
|Hoshiyar Havaldar||Hindi||Feature Film (Comedy)||In Development||Mirchi Movies Ltd. (Times Group)|
|Kurbani||Hindi||Feature Film (Action)||In Development||F.K. International Pvt. Ltd.|
|I - Proud To Be An Indian||Hindi||Feature Film (Drama)||2004||Sohail Khan Productions|
- Nikki Bedi Show – BBC Asian Network UK (Radio)
- [V] Dares U – Channel V (Television)
- [V] Challenge – Channel V (Television)
- Style Police – Channel V (Television)
- Tea With [V] – Channel V (Television)
- Live [V]ideo Request – Channel V (Television)
- BPL Oye – Channel V (Television)
- Red Alert – Channel V Hong Kong (Television)
- MTV By Demand – MTV India (Television)
- Bollywood Bound – (Herself) Feature Film – Canadian National Film Board. Dir Nisha Pajuha
- Mogaveera – (Narrator) Short Film – Visualeyes. Dir Vikram Dhillon
- One Tight Slap – (Starlet) Television – MTV. Dir Cyrus Oshidhar
- Love Ke Liya – (Beloved Woman) Television – MTV. Dir Cyrus Oshidhar
- Snip – (Delnawaz Moneyready) Feature Film – Mercury Films. Dir Sunil Sippy
- Tata Coffee (Lead Talent) Commercial – Far Productions. Dir Kailash Sundernath
- Pepsi Cola (Lead Talent) Commercial – Genesis Film Production Pvt. Ltd. Dir Prahlad Kakkar
- Holy River (Maya) Theatre – Work In Progress Productions. Dir Etienne Coutinho
- Vasvadata (Vasvadata) Theatre – The Creators. Janak Thoprani
- "I – Proud To Be An Indian : Complete Cast and Crew details". Bollywoodhungama.com. February 13, 2004. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- "Jai Veeru : Complete Cast and Crew details". Bollywoodhungama.com. March 13, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- "Kisaan – Cast, Crew, Director and Awards". Movies.nytimes.com. November 1, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- "Kisaan : Complete Cast and Crew details". Bollywoodhungama.com. August 28, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- "Fardeen – Kurbani – AsianOutlook Forum". Asianoutlook.com. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- "Feroz Khan's to start shooting for ''Kurbani'' by year-end". News.webindia123.com. June 15, 2006. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- Super Admin (June 16, 2006). "Qurbani remake announced at IIFA". Entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- Businessofcinema.com Team (December 27, 2010). "Mirchi Movies to roll seven films, enters South". Businessofcinema.com. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- "Rugged Media". Rugged Media. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- "Press Release – CORUS ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR 19 CANADIAN FILMS". Corusent.com. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- Your Name (this will appear with your post) (July 8, 2009). "Corus Announces Recipients of Corus Made with Pay Fund | Broadcaster – Canada's Communications Magazine". Broadcastermagazine.com. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- "Snip – Starring Archana Puransingh, Makrand Deshpande, Nadira, Nikhil Chinappa, Noor Mohammed, Saurabh Shukla, Shiv Subramaniam, Sohrab Ardeshir, Sophiya Haque, Vekeana Dhillon. Snip's box office, news, reviews, video, pictures, and music soundtrack". Ibosnetwork.com. December 8, 2000. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- MTV Desi (August 11, 2006). "One Tight Slap – Actress | MTV Desi | Latest Updates and Videos | Exclusives, Music, Film & Bollywood, Celebs and Fashion". MTV Desi. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- "Metrofeature". Archives.digitaltoday.in. September 13, 1999. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- "Asian Network Programmes – Nikki Bedi, 14/07/2008". BBC. July 14, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- "Mogaveera – Mogaveera – CinemaRx". Cinemarx.ro. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- "Work In Progress – Theatre Groups". MumbaiTheatreGuide.com. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- "Sorry". The Indian Express. India. Retrieved November 11, 2011.