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University of Leicester Law Society Hosts TMG Awards Night for Media Icons

Director Jagmohan Mundhra, with members of the Provoked cast, including, seated from front-left, Aishwarya Rai, Miranda Richardson and Nandita Das.

University of Leicester Law Society Hosts TMG Awards Night for Media Icons

Shabana Azmi, Farah Khan, Jagmohan Mundhra and Manjula Sood to be honoured

  • Images of Aishwarya Rai and Jagmohan Mundhra available from for media use only

Bollywood celebrities Shabana Azmi and Farah Khan are among the invited recipients of international awards to be announced at the University of Leicester on December 7.

Veteran US film maker Jagmohan Mundhra, whose forthcoming film ‘Provoked’ based on the landmark legal case of R v Alhuwalia, is also lined up for the Global Media Award presented by the Triangle Media Group.

Leicester Councillor Manjula Sood –herself a former post graduate from the University of Leicester - will also be honoured for her outstanding contribution to local politics.

The Triangle Media Group’s online global awards were instigated at by Australian Media tycoon and legal scholar Professor David Flint .

Character Actress Shabana Azmi, whose latest movie Umrao Jaan has recently hit the screens, is the UN Goodwill Ambassador for Population and Growth for India and has featured in many international film and theatre projects.

Choreographer and Director Farah Khan is a famous Bollywood choreographer whose debut directorial venture Main Hoon Na was a smash hit.

University of Leicester Law graduate & critically acclaimed Theatre Actor Haresh Sood, is the Global Ambassador of the on-line awards and will present the awards at a ceremony which will also consist of a lecture and film clips by Jagmohan Mundhra himself who will discuss his forthcoming movie’s legal significance to the University of Leicester’s Law school professors and its students.

His movie, starring Aishwarya Rai, is set to hit the screens in February 2007.

Professor Chris Clarkson, Dean of the Faculty of Law, will discuss the legal aspects of the case.

Haresh said:

“The TMG Awards bi-annually celebrate, recognise and honour the top 50 South Asian & Foreign Achievers that have made an outstanding mark and contribution in the global mainstream media. I am so pleased to say that this year’s Award magazine, which can be bought online is full of exceptional talent and highlights the crème de la crème of the top 50 global achievers and 4 honorary winners.

“The committee has been scouting for a venue for the awards for some time and Leicester has been chosen as it is one of the most harmonious and cosmopolitan cities around the world with a unique mixture of many races and nationalities. The Law School, where I studied, has an international reputation and given the context of the film Provoked, it is apt that the event is being held at the University of Leicester.”

Priya Chhaya, Academic Officer from the University of Leicester Law Society, which is hosting the event, said:

“The University of Leicester Law Society is delighted to hold this unique event. It has particular relevance for our students, as the film ‘Provoked’ is based on the highly influential case; R v Ahluwalia. Provocation is a vital topic within 3rd year Criminal Law and also overlaps with other modules such as Criminology. We believe that the evening will be academically relevant, as well as enjoyable.”

The TMG online awards which were launched in 2004, have also been supported by the Rt. Hon. Tessa Jowell MP and Minister for Culture Media and Sport who said

“I was so interested to read about the Triangle Media Group Alliance for foreign artistes and I am delighted to say, the excellence and quality of the UK’s cultural and sporting activities ensure that our reputation for creativity and innovation is renowned worldwide. I am delighted that South Asian artistes have an opportunity to demonstrate their own rich and diverse range of talent and skill to the rest of the world through this campaign”.

MP Patricia Hewitt for Leicester West says

‘I was delighted to recently meet Haresh and hear about the really interesting work of Triangle Media Group. I fully support this project and am delighted that the Global Award Ceremony is being held here in Leicester’

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About the award winners

Farah Khan is an Indian film director although she is better known for her chorographical work. She became an international known face when she choreographed for Monsoon Wedding, Bombay Dreams and Vanity Fair. She was nominated for Broadway's 2004 Tony Award as Best Choreographer, along with collaborator Anthony Van Laast, for Bombay Dreams. She then directed her first film Main Hoon Na, produced by Shah Rukh Khan. The film was a huge hit and her direction was praised. She became the first ever female director to be nominated for Filmfare Best Director Award. She has won the Filmfare Best Choreography Award four times respectively (1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003). She recently cheoregraphed Shakira at the MTV Awards in New York.

Shabana Azmi is one of the leading actresses of parallel cinema. She is a film actress as well as a social activist, and while her performances in films of a variety of genre have generally earned her praises and awards. Shabana Azmi has acted in over one hundred Hindi movies of different genres, mainstream, experimental and parallel Indian cinema; and many of her movies have been displayed at prestigious international centers including George Pompidou Centre (Paris), the Norwegian Film Institute, the Simthsonian Institution and the American Film Institute, Washington Pacific Cinematheque and Winnipeg Cinematheque. A number of her films have won international acclaim including John Schlesinger’s Madame Sousatzka, Nicholas Klotz’s Bengali Night, Roland Joffe’s City of Joy, Channel 4’s Immaculate Conception; Blake Edward’s the Son of Pink Panther and Ismail Merchant’s In Custody. She is also UN Ambassador for Population and Growth

Manjula Sood

Councillor Sood holds a BA and MA. During her PHD in India, she was part of a high profile research study with the world renowned John Hopkins University. Councillor Manjula Paul Sood arrived in England in 1970 and since then has lived in Leicester. Upon arriving in Leicester, Councillor Sood attended the University of Leicester where she completed her Post graduate training. Upon completion of her PGCE, Councillor Sood was a primary school teacher for almost 20 years which was a benchmark at the time as she became the first Asian woman teacher in Leicester in 1970.

Councillor Sood entered politics through supporting her late husband, Councillor Paul Sood in his political career. Paul was one of the first Ethnic County Councillors in the country when he was elected in 1982 and served for almost 14 years until his untimely death in 1996.

Councillor Sood has worked with many MPs during her political career, including The Right Hon Patricia Hewitt MP, Minister for Health, The Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Late Jim Marshall MP, Sir Peter Soulsby and Lord Janner QC. Councillor was the first and is the only Ethnic minority (Asian) female councillor on the Leicester City Council. Councillor Sood has received the following awards: - an honorary award by LABA (Leicestershire Asian Business Association) The Labour Party Merit Award in 2004, Leicestershire and Rutland Woman of the Year 2006

Jagmohan Mundhra

Jagmohan Mundhra was born on October 29, 1948 in Nagpur, India in a middle class Marwari family. Early years were spent in Calcutta where in 1963, Jag finished high school as one of top ten in the merit list of the Board of Secondary Education of West Bengal. Seeds of his passion for cinema were sown in his young mind at the age of 12, when he saw Guru Dutt’s ‘Kaagaz ke Phool. Since then, he secretly harboured the desire to be a film director and this desire resurfaced in 1968, when after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; Jag received an assistantship to do his MBA from Michigan State University in East Lansing, USA. He completed a MBA degree, a M.A .degree in Advertising and a PhD degree in Marketing from Michigan State in 1973 also, writing his doctoral thesis on the subject of marketing of motion pictures. Jag accepted a job offer as Assistant Professor of Marketing at California State University and moved to Los Angeles after getting married that year to his wife Chandra. He has produced more than 22 films and his latest film Provoked is based on the landmark legal case R v Alhuwalia starring Aishwarya Rai.

David Flint

Professor David Flint AM is an Australian legal academic, best known for his controversial tenure as head of the Australian Broadcasting Authority. David Flint is also one of Australia's most prominent and enthusiastic monarchists, in opposition to Australian republicanism. In support of Australia's current constitutional arrangements, and the Crown that is tied to it, Flint is the current National Convenor of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy and a Board Member of the Samuel Griffith Society.

Professor Flint was head of the Australian Press Council from 1987 until 1997, and was Dean of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney, also from 1987 until 1997. He was awarded World Outstanding Legal Scholar, World Jurists Association, Barcelona, in October 1991. He is currently Second Vice-President and National President for Australia of the World Jurists Association. He is also an international Author of many publications one of which is ‘Malice in Media Land’

Haresh Sood

British Indian Actor; Law Graduate & TMG Global Ambassador, Haresh Sood is a Graduate in Law from the University of Leicester and holds an LL.B (E.U) & LL.M (Int.) with Languages. He has also been awarded an MA in Acting by the world renowned Acting School; ArtsEd London validated by City University. In 2004 Haresh was named "Best Global Debutant Male" with Bollywood Actress Aishwarya Rai who won “Best Global Debutant Female” in the TMG awards, in 2003, he was rated "UK’s sexiest Top 20 Hunk" by New Woman magazine. A year earlier, he was named a "UK Young Achiever" in the Diversity Ethnic awards, and in 2001 he had won "Tomorrows Lawyer" in The Times newspaper. Last year Haresh won immense critical acclaim for his performances as Hippolytus in Sarah Kane’s "Phaedra’s Love", alongside other roles including his short film ‘Yo lo Vo’, about the effects of the Iraq war. A speaker of six languages (including 3 European), Haresh has engaged in many high profile projects. In 2004, he sat on the Queens Golden Jubilee Awards judging panel as the youngest British Indian to have worked for the British Council for Disabled People. Last year, he was appointed Global Ambassador and the face of the online media group and since appointment has transformed the online awards and made them globally recognised today. He is also the face of his home city’s new campaign to relaunch Nottingham. In the past, he has worked with one of India’s finest Actress, Sushmita Sen; he has been a journalist for the BBC and on an academic level he has worked at the European Court of Human Rights and has texts published held in their Library. Recently he was given Tessa Jowell’s & Patricia Hewitt’s support for his contribution to foreign representation in mainstream media.

TMG Mission Statement

Eliminating Barriers for Foreign Artistes in Global Media & Art

  • Eliminate Barriers for Foreign / South Asian Artistes, to be more recognised in the Mainstream / Global Mass Media by liaising and networking with Media Professionals, Heads of Media organisations, educational bodies and politicians via our Global Ambassador's Office.
  • Unify the world's various South Asian Media Bodies i.e. production houses, publishers, media networks and Artistes of all calibre either in Sport, Fashion, Music, Film or Art, to become a strong consolidated voice by incorporating their work into Oceania, Europe and USA Media.
  • a platform to showcase the crème de la crème of all South Asian Achievers globally to the mainstream media from different awarding ceremonies that recognise South Asian Artistes' work.
  • To recognise, honour and celebrate South Asian achievement within the global mainstream media.
  • To promote the crème de la crème of outstanding achievers in our global awards magazine that is published and sold online highlighting the top 50 achievers in global mainstream media along with the top four outstanding achievers who are honoured by Professor David Flint. Our magazine is a much awaited and a well received magazine that is used and distributed globally amongst many media networks, politicians and artistes of all calibre to showcase the best of South Asian talent to mainstream media and increase their awareness.
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