Coming Up Wed 9:00 PM  AEST
Coming Up Live in 
Live
Punjabi radio

‘Open, friendly and welcoming’: Punjabi filmmaker Ron Kahlon blown away by Indigenous acting talents

Working with Aboriginal artists was most rewarding experience; Ron Kahlon Punjabi film maker. Source: Ron Kahlon

Ron Kahlon, a rising filmmaker from Punjab now settled in Australia, says he wasn’t too sure how receptive well-known Indigenous Australian actors Uncle Jack Charles and Laila Thaker would be to working on his movies. But their open-mindedness exceeded his imagination.

Having migrated to Australia in 2014 and studied accounting and business, Mr Kahlon eventually chose a very different career path: making movies.

“I always wanted to write and share stories, and to promote the rich Punjabi culture with the rest of the world through movies,” Mr Kahlon told SBS Punjabi.


Highlights:

  • Ron Kahlon is a rising filmmaker from Punjab now settled in Australia.
  • Mr Kahlon says he found an 'aura of positivity' while working with iconic Aboriginal artist Uncle Jack Charles on his film 'The Seashell'.
  • He says Indian-Torres Strait Islander artist Laila Thaker took his film ‘The Untold’ to another level.

Initially, Mr Kahlon started with two music videos in Melbourne and then switched his focus to making short movies on burning social issues like domestic violence and climate change.

“While making movies, I always try to find and promote local talents of the land where I am living."

Liela Thaker
A young girl finds a seashell and holds it to her ear, expecting to hear peaceful ocean waves. Instead, she hears mother nature's disappointed son, Ricky, who's filling in for his busy mom.
Ron Kahlon

While searching for Australian talents for ‘The Seashell’, his 2020 short film touching on the topic of climate change, Mr Kahlon's paths crossed with the legendary actor Uncle Jack Charles, whose talent and dedication blew him away.

Uncle Jack Charles
Aboriginal elder Uncle Jack Charles with Ron Kahlon and team while shooting for the film The Seashell.
Ron Kahlon

"So, I found Uncle Jack Charles, a well-known, multi-dimensional Aboriginal personality, who against my original perceptions was such an open-hearted, down-to-earth, welcoming and jolly personality to work with."

He said Uncle Charles was a perfect fit for the role, which required a deep connection with the Earth.

While planning for his second movie, ‘The Untold’ (2020), which is based on the concept of karma, Mr Kahlon forged a connection with Laila Thaker, a renowned artist of Indian and Torres Strait Islander heritage.

Liela Thaker
The Untold story performed by Indian Torres Strait Islander artist.
Ron Kahlon

“Ms Thaker is a highly talented, hardworking and friendly artist who actually took my film to the next level.”

While working with Ms Thaker, Mr Kahlon said he felt like he has known her for a long time.

Ron Kahlon
Budding film maker who worked closely with Aboriginal Australians in his movies on social issues.
Ron Kahlon

“I have no words to describe my pleasant working experience with both of these Indigenous artists,” Mr Kahlon said.

Listen to the audio by clicking on 'Speaker' in the photo above.

The Seashell Trailer from Ron Kahlon on Vimeo.


SBS is committed to informing Australia’s diverse communities about the latest COVID-19 developments. News and information is available in 63 languages at https://www.sbs.com.au/language/coronavirus

Listen to SBS Punjabi Monday to Friday at 9 pm. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Coming up next

# TITLE RELEASED TIME MORE
‘Open, friendly and welcoming’: Punjabi filmmaker Ron Kahlon blown away by Indigenous acting talents 26/01/2022 11:00 ...
Meet popular Pakistani television and film artist Rana Aftab 25/05/2022 11:27 ...
ਸੰਸਦ ਵਿੱਚ ਬਹੁ-ਸੱਭਿਆਚਾਰਕ ਭਾਈਚਾਰੇ ਦੀ ਨੁਮਾਇੰਦਗੀ ਹੁਣ ਵਧਦੇ ਕ੍ਰਮ ਵਿੱਚ 25/05/2022 05:30 ...
Diverse candidates changing the face of Parliament 25/05/2022 05:30 ...
SBS Punjabi Australia News: Tuesday 24 May 2022 24/05/2022 11:45 ...
Pacific leaders welcome Australia's change in direction on climate 24/05/2022 07:30 ...
Why are Indigenous protocols important for everyone? 24/05/2022 08:45 ...
Choosing a high school: which school best suits your child? 24/05/2022 08:56 ...
SBS Punjabi Australia News: Monday 23 May 2022 23/05/2022 11:45 ...
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਡਾਇਰੀ: ਨਵਜੋਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਿੱਧੂ ਦੇ ਮਾਮਲੇ ਨੂੰ ਗੰਭੀਰਤਾ ਨਾਲ ਲੈ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ ਜੇਲ੍ਹ ਵਿਭਾਗ 23/05/2022 07:00 ...
View More