Sikh Meets World
Omi Vaidya, Actor and Filmmaker
Season 4, Ep. 4
Omi is an accomplished actor who has worked in both film and television in the United States and abroad. He has had roles on hit TV shows including, “The Office,” “Arrested Development,” and “Bones.” He is best known by Bollywood fans for his performances in “3 Idiots,” “The Desert Rose,” and “American Aliens.”
We talked with him about his experience growing up in the high desert of California and his acting career. We discuss his time on “The Office” as the only Sikh character and he also shares his dream of documenting the story of Dalip Singh Saund, the first Sikh and Asian American Congressman.
Friday, June 11, 2021
Ben Rekhi, Writer, Producer, and Director
Season 4, Ep. 3
Ben Rekhi is an award-winning Sikh filmmaker from northern California. From working with the Coen brothers to producing Hindi horror films, he has made a name for himself in the film industry. His notable past work includes Waterborne (2005) and The Ashram (2018), and most recently, he directed Watch List (2019) in Manila, a crime thriller set in the drug underworld during the time of Rodrigo Duterte's extrajudicial killings. The film was nominated for a Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival.Ben has recently turned to documentaries including his recent film, The Reunited States. The documentary is born from his passion to bridge divides and share the lives of people who were challenging biases. He hopes viewers will walk away from the film knowing that “we all have a role to play in bringing our country back together.” Ben continues to look for opportunities to heal our nation and world through the power of storytelling.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
G.B. Singh, Retired US Army Colonel
Season 4, Ep. 2
Retired Colonel G.B. Singh is the highest-ranking Sikh to serve in the U.S. Army. As you'll hear in this podcast, he repeatedly demonstrated the tenacity, courage, and eternal optimism of Sikhs while maintaining his peaceful, positive demeanor when confronted with discrimination and ignorance. He successfully fought the pressure to conform to the Turban Ban and stood out for years as the only person with a turban and beard. To combat the ban, he invented safe methods for Sikhs with beards and turbans to use gas masks and helmets. Over time, the ban was lifted and religious exemptions have become more and more common. Today, GB watches his daughter Naureen, a newly-commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, join a military more equitable than the one he joined. In this episode, we hear the story of his military career and his advice on leadership and service for young Sikhs.
Friday, February 12, 2021
Manmeet Singh, Activist, Filmmaker, Musician
Season 4, Ep. 1
Manmeet Singh is a filmmaker, musician, activist, world traveler, and much more. He has been on the frontlines in the United States on the farmer's protest in India and Sikhs in Afghanistan who experience horrific discrimination and recently experienced a brutal attack from ISIS. In this podcast we discuss his career and activism on the issues of the day.