Tirlok Malik

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Tirlok Malik (born in New Delhi) is an India-born actor and filmmaker.[1]


Tirlok Malik (CEO of Apple Productions and founder of www.nritvfilmclub.com) is a New York Emmy Award nominated filmmaker. Apple Productions has produced many films since 1990 starting with its first pioneer film about Indian Americans, "Lonely in America.” The film was shown in 74 countries and as well as on HBO and participated in 37 film festivals, winning many Awards. He continues to make films about Indian American experiences in America. And now he has launched www.nritvfilmclub.com website which is a very mini mini Netflix streaming of Indian American movies.

Malik’s work as an actor and a filmmaker has been acclaimed in the international and national media, including The New York Times, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Entertainment, and others. He also received the Pride of India Gold Medal for his work as a filmmaker from the Indian Ambassador of the USA. In August 2007, Tirlok Malik was presented with the New York Citizens’ Award from the New York Mayor’s Office. In 2014, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer presented him a citation for his work as a filmmaker and a restaurateur and declared November 1, 2014 as Tirlok Malik appreciation day.

He has worked with some big names in Indian Film Industry.

His company has line produced (USA FILMING).

Some of the films starring India Supar Star Rajanikanth, (Shivaji) Kamal Hassan, Surya, Sanjay Dutt, Mamoothy, Sunny Deol,Kangana Ranut,manisha Koriala,Mithun Chakravarty,Anupam kher and many more.

As an actor, he has worked in many television series, and films. He has also done over 200 performances in New York theaters. He has acted in many Ads including Campbell Soup, Channel 7 Eyewitness News, PBS Channel 13, Microsoft, Air India, Nokia, etc.

Tirlok Malik is also a restaurateur, entrepreneur and a speaker. And he currently lives in New York.


As an actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1982 Dard Ka Rishta Dr. Khan
1990 Lonely in America Max
1996 Taxi Bhaiya
1997 Drown Soda The Father
1999 Mother Trilok Mullic
2000 Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Lala Lajpatrai
2001 American Desi Mr. Saeed
2001 The Favor Vendor aka "Mission" - Japan (English title) (festival title)
2001 Lajja Trilok Mallik aka "The Shame" - India (English title) (literal title)
2001 The Relay Employee TV Episode
2001 Third Watch Employee 1 episode
2002 People I Know Cab Driver
2002 Gay Wiry Guy TV episode
2002 The Job Wiry Guy 1 episode
2002 Kehtaa Hai Dil Baar Baar Dr. Hemang Patel "My Heart Keeps Repeating" - International (English title)
2003 Magic Magic 3D Krishna Malayalam Film. Dubbed into Tamil & Hindi, with the Hindi dub being titled as Chota Jadugar (Little Magician)
2003 Arya Om Dutt
2005 True Crime: New York City VG
2005 Saving Face Patel TV episode
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Patel aka "Law & Order: CI" - USA (promotional abbreviation)
2006 Quarter Life Crisis Mr. Hauser
2006 Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Suspected Killer aka "Hunt and Play" - International (English title) (informal literal title) ... aka "Hunting Game" - Europe (English title)
2007 Ta Ra Rum Pum Restaurant owner
2007 Sivaji Friend of Sivaji aka "Sivaji: The Boss" - India (English title) (long title)
2008 Mehbooba Malik
2008 When Kiran Met Karen Cab Driver
2008 A Jersey Christmas Mahan
2009 The Day the Bread Turned Green Indian Baker
2009 Anandha Thandavam Hindu Priest
2009 Extrospection Ray
2010 Khushiyaan www.khushiyaanthefilm.com
2014 On Golden Years Vijay
2015 15 August 1947 Host

As a producer and filmmaker[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1990 Lonely in America producer shown in 74 countries, 37 film festivals, and HBO. cameo by Spike Lee. Directed by Barry Alexander Brown (Academy Awards nominee)
2000 Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar line producer: USA Starring Mammootty, directed by Jabbar Patel, produced by NFDC and government of India
2003 Chota Jadugar co-producer ... aka "Magic Magic 3D" - India (English title), India (Malayalam title)... aka "Little Magician" - India (English title)... aka "Small Magician" - India (English title)
2003 Arya producer Directed by Manan Katohora
2006 Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu line producer: USA ... aka "Hunt and Play" - International (English title) (informal literal title)... aka "Hunting Game" - Europe (English title) starring Kamal Haasan, Directed by Gautham Menon,
2007 Sivaji line producer: USA ... aka "Sivaji: The Boss" - India (English title) (long title) starring Rajinikanth. Directed by S. Shankar
2008 Mehbooba line producer: USA Starring Sanjay Dutt, Manish Koirala. Directed by Afzal Khan
2008 Vaaranam Aayiram line producer: USA Starring Suriya, Simran, Ramya. Directed by Gautham Menon
2009 Anandha Thandavam line producer: USA Produced by Ascar Films. Directed by A.R. Gandhi Krishna.
2011 I love New Year line producer:


produced by T-Series, starring Kangana Ranaut, Sunny Deol. Directed by Radhika Rao, Vinay Sapru
2014 Purani Jeans line producer:


produced by Eros Internationals
2014 On Golden Years co-producer produced by Golden Movies

As a director[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2010 Khushiyaan writer, director
2014 On Golden Years writer, director
2015 15 August 1947 writer, director

As a TV show producer[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
Namaste – I Love Making Films in New York! for Thirteen/WNET TV Show Producer Emmy Award Nominee for show about Indian film-makers in the U.S. Aired on PBS.
NRI TV/Film Awards Show TV Show Producer Aired on TV-Asia
How to Flirt, Date and Meet your Mate TV Show Producer Based on Susan Rabin’s best-selling book
India at 50: A View from the NRIs of America TV Show Producer About Non Resident Indians living outside India. Aired on Doordarshan (Indian National TV)
Who Will Walk With Me? TV Show Producer
U.S. Immigration: Green Card TV Show Producer
15 August 1947 TV Show

Host and Producer

Co-produced with and Aired on Jus Punjabi TV (USA, Canada)


  1. ^ Emmy for Indian?. The Hindu. 29 May 2007.