Reflections 2020

Every year, for the past 3 years I have written a new blog post highlighting my professional achievements over the past 12 months. I've published it on New Years Eve and it’s become a sort of tradition, looking back and celebrating the good things. It's certainly been a challenging year but 2020 has granted me some wonderful professional opportunities and accomplishments. Here's a few of them...

In January 2020, Jambo Cinema and Bansal Electrical came to life in the contemporary art gallery, New Art Exchange in Nottingham. A brilliant team worked closely with me to bring the vision of my Indian-Kenyan living room to life. In this iteration, I was able to bring my late father’s electrical and VHS Bollywood rental shop to life. Below is an interview with BBC presenter Monika Plaha on BBC1 Breakfast TV (you'll get to see the installations and my housewarming party!).

In February 2020, I was invited to present Asian Women & Cars : Road to Independence at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. It featured within the exhibition Cars Accelerating The Modern World and I was fortunate to speak and present my work at one of the worlds finest arts venues.

In July 2020 I landed a huge commission with thanks to Waltham Forest Council, Barbican, Here & Now 2020, Future Arts Centres to create We Found Love In The 80s with renowned artist and musician Martyn Ware, founder of the 1980s band Heaven 17 and the Human League. Our team worked so hard and we launched a heartwarming film and new website in October 2020 as part of Barbican’s produced festival, Leytonstone Loves Film. The film was watched by hundreds of people across the country at a time when all auditoriums and venues were shut and we needed to feel that warm and fuzzy feeling. We're so pleased with the audience responses and our blogs have been read by hundreds of people.

In October 2020, Jambo Cinema film was selected by the British Film Institute to feature in London Film Festival 2020 in 'This Is The Rhythm Of My Life' category.

After many years of working so hard on this project it finally got recognition in 2020! Jambo Cinema began as a 10 minute talk at Flatpack Film Festival in April 2016. The selection for London Film Festival this year was therefore super exciting and I’m so very honoured to have shared a slice of my family's story through this short film. People far and wide got in touch with me, reminiscing about their memories of video shops and saying how much they connected with the story.

Additionally, I was honoured to be a guest in a panel discussion called British Doosra Movement - New Images of The British Asian Experience with Film Critic Kaleem Aftab discuss issues of identity in the depiction of the British Asian experience with Aleem Khan (After Love), Hardeep Pandhal (Happy Thuggish Paki).

Jambo Cinema and my story of creating this project was featured in The Guardian and also on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends and Sketches Radio Programmes.