July 13, 1970
|Occupation||Screenwriter, actor, television presenter|
|Spouse(s)||Puneet Sira (2010–present)|
Vekeana Dhillon (Punjabi: ਵੇਕੇਆਨਾ ਢਿੱਲੋਂ) is a Canadian screenwriter, television presenter and actress.
Early life and education
She was born in New Delhi, India on July 13, 1970, but two years later her family migrated to Toronto, Canada. She grew up in Alberta, Canada and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
She has had four 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. Dhillon as several scripts under production included among them Ji Karda (Eyeline Entertainment), Kurbani (FK International) and Hoshiyar Havaldar (Mirchi Movies)
Dhillons 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 parleyed 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 Vancouver, BC with her husband, noted director/producer Puneet Sira whom she married in 2010.
Filmography – Writer
|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||Under Production||Eyeline Entertainment|
|Pinky Moge Wali||Punjabi||Feature Film||2012||Batra Showbiz Productions|
|Kisaan||Hindi||Feature Film||2009||Sohail Khan Productions|
|Jai Veeru||Hindi||Feature Film||2009||Siddhi Vinayak Movies|
|Hoshiyar Havaldar||Hindi||Feature Film||In Development||Mirchi Movies Ltd. (Times Group)|
|Kurbani||Hindi||Feature Film||In Development||F.K. International Pvt. Ltd.|
|I - Proud To Be An Indian||Hindi||Feature Film||2004||Sohail Khan Productions|
- Nikki Bedi Show – BBC Asian Network (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
- "Rugged Media". Rugged Media. 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.
- "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. 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.
- "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.
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- "Metrofeature". Archives.digitaltoday.in. September 13, 1999. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- 12:30 (July 14, 2008). "Asian Network Programmes – Nikki Bedi, 14/07/2008". BBC. 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.