Guests of 2023

MADHUR BHAN​DARKAR
NATIONAL AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR

Four time National Award winning Indian filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar. He made his directorial debut with Trishakti. He is known to create realistic films that receive critical acclaim and box office success. Madhur was awarded the Gangasharan Singh Award (2009) by the HRD Ministry of India, this Presidential Award was given to him for his contribution to Hindi Cinema. Madhur was then conferred PL Deshpande Award a.k.a. Zenith Asia Award for significantly shaping the film making culture in his unique works and he has been described as ‘the Film Maker of the First Decade of the 21st Century’.

The National Film Archive of India, preserved Bhandarkar’s films- Chandni Bar, Page-3, Corporate, Traffic Signal, Fashion and Jail- in the Government’s Archival data for Indian Films.

Recently, he received the Raj Kapoor Smriti Award (2014) by the Government of Maharashtra for excellent contribution to Indian Cinema.

JASBIR JASSI
PUNJABI FOLK SINGER

Jasbir Jassi is a well-known Punjabi singer when it comes to name some of the respected popular ones in Punjabi music industry who have given their lives to make music unbeatably awesome. Jassi, like several of his counterparts is a first generation musician. As a kid, young Jassi played the harmonium and was a trained classical musician under the auspices of gurus VS Jolly and Puran Shah Koti of the Sufiana fame. Classical guru Ustad Shaukat Ali Khan heavily influences this Punjab da munda,Jassi is a natural philanthropist at his thinking is a true believer that "Music is a Religion of Togetherness!" and adds, this is the time to overcome our religious difference and save humanity, which reflects his holdings towards contributions on his way for music lovers. A poet with theatric background.

BILAL LASHARI
PAKISTANI FILMMAKER & ACTOR

Bilal Lashari is a Pakistani filmmaker, cinematographer, screenwriter and occasional actor. He made his directorial debut with Waar (2013), which at the time of release became Pakistan's highest-grossing film (currently 11th highest). His next project titled The Legen​d of Maula Jatt (2022) was a remake of the 1979 film Maula Jatt.The film broke box office records and became Pakistan's highest grossing film. Lashari won awards in four categories at the ARY Film Awards 2014 for his directorial debut.

Bilal recently won the highest civilian award of Pakistan, award was given by President of Pakistan.

PRANAB KAPADIA
FILM PRODUCER & DISTRIBUTOR

Experienced Media Professional within the Indian Film & TV Entertainment Industry. Started career as TV professional in Mumbai with Zee TV, then moving to UK to head Network Operations for Zee International, further migrating to Filmed Entertainment by setting up UK subsidiary of leading Indian Studio, Reliance owned Adlabs, to heading International Business for NYSE listed Indian Film Entertainment company Eros International. He has been a co-producer with R Balki & Gauri Shinde's Hope productions.

Now founded Film & TV distribution company in UK, Moviegoers Entertainment Limited. Having released 5 films since inception, collectively grossing over US 8M dollars. 

NATALIA JANOSZEK
FILM ACTRESS & TV PERSONALITY

Natalia is a famous actress and TV personality. She began her career representing Poland at several beauty pageants around the world. In 2012 she marked her Bollywood debut with the movie 'Dreamz' followed by 'Flame' - An Untold Love Story. 

She gained bigger recognition in India in
2019 with lead role in drama 'Chicken Curry Law' alongside Ashutosh Rana. This role brought her the Best International Actress Award at the JIFFA Film Festival.

She also marked her presence in Hollywood with 'The Green Fairy', 'Swing of Things' and Netflix hit '365days'. Recently she took part in polish version of 'Dancing With The Stars' and 'Your Face Sounds Familiar' TV shows. In October she was presented with International Icon of Bollywood Award at Festival of Globe in USA. 

NATHALIA SYAM
FILM DIRECTOR

Nathalia is a London based debutant feature film director of 'Footprints On Water'. She has won several awards for her debut film.

Between the British and Indian film industries, she has experience working as an associate director/ 1st AD and has broadcast credits for her previous short films and commercials. Nathalia is also a Film Practitioner at a Film School in London and has curated many filmmaking courses such as the BFI Film Academy and Kick-starters Programme.

Her previous short film, 'Lehenga', was nominated for the 'Best of British' award at the BAFTA qualifying 'Iris Prize' Award in Cardiff. 

SEZAL SHARMA
INDIAN FILM ACTRESS

Sezal Sharma is an actress known for punjabi and bollywood films. She has acted in films like 'Viyah 70km', 'Gun & Goal', 'Ishq na Hove Rabba' as leading actress and supporting in film Game Paisa Ladki & 31st October.

Apart from feature films, she has also acted in short films and done music videos with huge music labels like T Series and venus.

She will be attending the opening ceremony of our 21st annual film festival on the 8th of September 2023 at Lorenskog Hus Kino. She will add more glamour to the opening day red carpet. She is soon feature in an international film called 'Omaya' and web series 'Fashion Street' and 'Dice' on Hotstar.

CHANDRAKANT SINGH
INDIAN FILM PRODUCER & DIRECTOR

Chandrakant Singh is an Indian director and producer who has directed Hindi films such as 'Six X', 'Rama Rama Kya Hai Dramaaa', 'Bin Bulaye Baraati', 'Be Careful', and 'Main Zaroor Aaunga'. The most recent movie he has directed is 'Kya Masti Kya Dhoom' which is due for release in 2021. Well-versed in Hollywood and international film worlds, he is also a regular the most prestigious film festivals around the world, including Cannes, Toronto and Berlin.

YUVRAAJ PARASHAR
FILM ACTOR & DIRECTOR

Yuvraaj Parashar indian Actor/filmmaker Multiple award winner Actor/ Producer and Director. His first film 'Dunno y' got 11 international awards as lead actor. He was the lead actor in 'The Past'.​ 

His first music single 'Mehroo' as director won 12 international awards .His first shot film 'Bahaar' 14 international including best film and best director. He is currently directing his first full length film with Mona Ambegaokar, Shahbaz Khan, Sunita Rajwar and Sudha Chandran.

SHEELA JHA
SINGER

Sheela Jha is from India, residing in Norway. She is a passionate singer who likes to sing Devotional songs, Ghazals, folk and Old and New Bollywood songs.

She has participated and did many singing concerts in India or as well as in Norway, and got much appreciation and many prizes with certificates.

In 2022 June she was honored by Embassy of India in Norway for her performance In Hindi diwas and a cultural program organized by the Embassy.

VADANAN SOMAIA
SINGER

Vandana was born in Africa to a musical family and was taught in the early years by her father who planted the seed of Hindustani classical music. 

Through focussed graft, dedication, discipline and determination she now performs at a global level with the legends of the Indian music industry including a recent pan-India tour with Padmashree Anup Jalota ji.

BHAVYA MITTAL
SINGER

Bhavya is from India and has been living in Norway for the last 5 years. He has performed in various events here. He is an admirer of bollywood music and his favourite singers are Kishore Kumar, Sonu Nigam and Arijit Singh.

PUNJABI VIKINGS
DANCE GROUP

Group of girls born and raised in Norway, who embraces their roots and culture from Punjab. Started in 2018, and still learning a lot of new stuff until this day. They have had an opportunity to perform Gidda and Bhangra on big stages and have gained a lot of popularity for their dancing styles.

NATARANG DANCE GROUP
DANCE GROUP

Indian Dance Group Natarang is a group of people inspired with Indian culture. This group have been performing at our festival for years and is everyone's favourite.