MOVIE CASTING NOTICE: Opportunity for Desis in Canada!

TO AUDITION FOR THE LEAD IN A NEW MOVIE FOR TELEVISION FOR A WELL-KNOWN CABLE NETWORK NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY We are looking for a truly special, talented, feisty and intelligent girl who appears to be East Indian.


SEEKING: 13-16 YEAR OLD ACTRESS Singing & dancing talent is a plus.

TO AUDITION FOR THE LEAD IN A NEW MOVIE FOR TELEVISION FOR A WELL-KNOWN CABLE NETWORK NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY We are looking for a truly special, talented, feisty and intelligent girl who appears to be East Indian.


FEMALE, 13-16, to portray East Indian, the feisty waitress at her parent’s Indian restaurant in Queens. She constantly struggles with her identity: she feels too Indian for the world, but too American at home. She is naturally brilliant & clever, an A+ student who’s the head of the school’s coding club while having a secret passion for music. She’s able to create the hottest tracks with her ability to see music in everyday sounds plus her coding skills.

If interested please send us an email with your headshot and resume to:

If the Casting Director thinks that you are right for the role, you will receive an email with instructions on how to self- tape along with the materials for the audition.

**If you have already auditioned for this role it is not necessary to re-tape**


Note: The details came to us via Carly who works for Stephanie Gorin Casting Inc.  Please feel free to share with those who you think would be interested!

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What does President Trump’s executive order mean to H1 Visa aspirants around the world?

Here are the remarks by President Trump on Buy American, Hire American Executive Order | Kenosha, WI

“We are going to enforce the Hire American rules that are designed to protect jobs and wages of workers in the United States.  We believe jobs must be offered to American workers first.  Does that make sense?   Right now, widespread abuse in our immigration system is allowing American workers of all backgrounds to be replaced by workers brought in from other countries to fill the same job for sometimes less pay.  This will stop.  American workers have long called for reforms to end these visa abuses.  And today, their calls are being answered for the first time.  That includes taking the first steps to set in motion a long-overdue reform of H1B visas.

Right now, H1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery — and that’s wrong.  Instead, they should be given to the most-skilled and highest-paid applicants, and they should never, ever be used to replace Americans.  No one can compete with American workers when they’re given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades.”

The order by itself was not very prescriptive. This seems to be one of the executive actions that signals more changes coming down. So what does this mean to H1 Visa aspirants around the world?

After Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” order, “there could be an issue even getting fresh H-1B visas. The order is also likely to hit visa renewals.

  • It is unclear if the order will be applicable to visa applications for the financial year starting October 2017.
  • There are over half-a-dozen bills in the US Congress introduced since January 2017 that call for higher minimum wage of $1,30,000, nearly double from the current levels.
  • Government agencies are to suggest reforms that ensure H-1B visas go to the “most-skilled or highest-paid.”

What does this mean to most H1 Visa aspirants?

  • This is one way to interpret this. Those who are the “most-skilled or highest-paid”  will be selected for Visas.
  • Master’s degree holders would probably be “most-skilled” but not all of them would be “highest-paid.” One could only guess if all those with Master’s would be eligible for visas.

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Court orders nationwide staffing company CEO to pay $135K in back wages, damages to former live-in domestic worker

US Labor Department investigation found severe underpayment, callous mistreatment?

SAN DIEGO ? The CEO of a leading U.S. staffing company will pay a former live-in domestic service worker $135,000 in back wages and damages under the terms of a consent judgment entered into the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

The judgment, entered on April 11, 2017, resolves a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Labor on Aug. 22, 2016. An investigation by thedepartment?s Wage and Hour Division found that Himanshu Bhatia willfully and repeatedly violated the Fair Labor Standards Act?sminimum wage and record keeping provisions from July 2012 to December 2014, as well as the act?s anti-retaliation provision.

The complaint alleged that Bhatia paid her domestic service worker a fixed monthly salary of $400 plus food and housing at Bhatia?s home in San Juan Capistrano and other residences in Miami, Las Vegas and Long Beach. Investigators found that the employee suffered callous abuse and retaliation, including being forced to sleep on a piece of carpet in the garage when ill, while Bhatia?s dogs slept on a mattress nearby. The complaint also alleged that Bhatia confiscated her employee?s passport.

Himanshu Bhatia

Bhatia terminated the worker in December 2014 after she found her employee researching ?labor laws? online, and after the worker refused to sign a document stating she was being paid an adequate salary and had no employment dispute with Bhatia.

?This consent judgment underlines the department?s commitment to protecting workers from exploitation,? said Janet Herold, solicitor for the department?s Western Region. ?The department will take strong and immediate action to ensure that workers are protected against retaliation.?

The consent judgment orders the defendant to pay $135,000 in damages, including back wages, liquidated damages and other damages.

For more information about federal wage laws administered by the division, call the agency?s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information also is available at

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Release Number: 17-441-SAN

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Deserted by NRI husband, woman requests Swaraj to get him deported

A few weeks ago, we posted a blog asking “NRIs wonder: How do I bring my issue to the attention of Sushma Swaraj?”

Taking a cue?from this thinking, a young lady who was deserted by NRI husband, has reached out to media by publically requesting Ms Sushma Swaraj to “get him deported.”

Chand Deep Kaur tweeted


This tweet (and re-tweets) caught the attention of Indian media.

Asian Age reports

“I have sought (Sushma) Swaraj’s help in getting my husband deported. He is in New Zealand,” Kaur, who is based in Kapurthala, said.

She also wants her husband’s passport to be cancelled. “I want to set an example so that no other NRI husband can ever dare to cheat a woman. I also want stringent laws in place to check such men,” she said.

Kaur said she has received a call from the ministry to send relevant documents in connection with her case. “I want him back here for divorce so that I can start my life afresh,” she said.

Chand Deep Kaur married Ramandeep Singh, who was working as an accountant in Auckland, in July 2015. “Soon after our wedding he returned to New Zealand, in August 2015,” Kaur said. “I stayed with him at his family’s house in Jalandhar,” she said. “He returned to India briefly in December 2015 and went back to New Zealand in January 2016,” she said.

Times of India adds

“I spent just 40-45 days with my husband,” she said.

She alleged that the behaviour of her in-laws changed after marriage. “They told me that they had disowned Ramandeep so I should move back with my parents,” Kaur claimed.

Amazon India announces Original series on Subhash Chandra Bose's INA

American e-commerce giant Amazon, that is ramping up its presence in the Indian video streaming space through Prime Video, announced yet another Indian original series based on Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army (INA). The series will be directed and produced by Kabir Khan, who has to his credit movies like ?Ek Tha Tiger?, ?Bajrangi Bhaijaan? and ?Kabul Express?.

The Forgotten Army (working title) will be Khan?s debut in OTT digital video services and is scheduled to start production by the end of 2017.

Roy Prince, Head of Global Content, Prime Video stated,

Our aim is to build a compelling lineup of Indian shows, working with the greatest talents from the industry. Our association with Kabir Khan is one of the many such partnerships that India will see

Kabir Khan also chimed in stating

Amazon Prime Video provides greater access to reach new and vast Indian audiences. They are also bringing in global talent and knowledge to collaborate with Indian scriptwriters and content creators to further hone their skills and know-how. The web series has a scale and reach far greater than any Hindi film.

Media references to the announcement

India Premiere Of World?s First Ever Film On Homoeopathy

Mumbai homoeopaths congregated to watch the unique global film, Just One Drop on homoeopathy, the system of medicine that has been practiced over 200 years!

For the first time in history, a global film on homoeopathy has been made by an American movie maker, Laurel Chiten. Prominent homoeopaths of Mumbai hosted a special screening in tandem with the world premiere of the film, congregating to show their allegiance to homeopathy. In other words, it was simply an opportunity for them to come together and celebrate this occasion. More so, celebrities, also firm believers of homoeopathy, Gracy Singh and filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya and world renowned homoeopath Dr.Rajan Sankaran, Dr.Meghna Shah – Dean, The Other Song, Dr.Jayesh Shah, Dr.Mahesh Gandhi, Dr.Divya Chhabra among many others were also present at the occasion.

Dr.Meghna Shah, Sooraj Barjatya, Gracy Singh and homoeopath Dr.Rajan Sankaran

Just One Drop takes a no-holds-barred look at homoeopathy and how it treats the entire person, not just the disease, on how it is a specific form of medicine that uses minute doses of a highly diluted substance that stimulates the body to cure itself.

Producer/director Laurel Chiten has been critiquing and influencing social issues for over 25 years. Her high-profile films have screened at film festivals around the world; at universities and medical schools; won numerous awards; been nominated for an Emmy and been broadcast on PBS?s Emmy winning national series, Independent Lens, and POV. Her previous films have gained her acknowledgment and respect from doctors, researchers and institutions including Harvard Medical School, UCLA, MIT, and Harvard University.

Her films include: Twisted (2006) about people with the neurological disorder, dystonia. Touched, (2003) about people who think they have had contact with aliens and the Harvard psychiatrist who believed them. The Jew in the Lotus (1999), about a group of rabbis that met with the Dalai Lama, and Twitch and Shout (1994) about people living with Tourette Syndrome, nominated for a national Emmy. The intention in all her work is to entertain her audiences while educating them.

Marc Wishengrad, the director of photography, camera operator, and lighting director has appeared in numerous award-winning films. Wishengrad was Emmy nominated for his camera work on one of the first reality TV shows, Discovery?s Trauma: Life in the ER. Most recently, The Curse of Micah Rood has won film festival awards including the prestigious HDFest?s 2009 ?Deffie? for Best Cinematography in an HD Short.? For over a decade, Marc has found a niche as a medical documentarian. He has shot surgical procedures and has made fundraising films about patients whose lives were saved at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Marc is fulfilling a life-long ambition documenting the wonders of the world?s cultural healing traditions.? Under the project The Healing World, Marc has filmed ceremonies in Japan, Southern Italy, Bermuda, Nigeria, Hawaii and Brazil.

Tamara Taddeo, Camera (India, Haiti, Montreal) Tamara has directed a snowboarding series (5 episodes) for a sport channel in Quebec called RDS and a documentary short Cold Rust that played in festivals around the world.? Tamara is presently directing and shooting a film about ?Unschooling?. Before directing and filming her own documentaries, she worked as a continuity supervisor on fiction films. Tamara graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal.

This film is unique for all who practice homoeopathy or believe and are touched by it in some from or the other.? Hence the screening was followed by a meet and discussion on the integration of homoeopathy with allopathy for better treatment of patients. Patients also narrated their experiences.?

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Income Tax and Adhaar updates for Non Resident Indians (NRIs)

It is tax filing season around the world. In the US 18th April is the deadline for most individuals to file their tax returns. Likewise, the window of tax filing for the past Fiscal year in India has begun too. A few interesting updates for Non Resident Indians (NRIs):

India exempts NRIs from quoting Aadhaar in tax returns – Although NRIs are exempted from income tax on their income abroad, they have to file tax returns for their income earned in India. The Indian government has exempted Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) from the requirement of quoting Aadhaar (Indian biometric ID card) number while filing income tax returns back home. Although NRIs are exempted from income tax on their income abroad, they have to file tax returns for their income earned in India. Many Indians in the UAE, who regularly file income tax returns in India but do not have Aadhaar, were worried after the government move to link Aadhaar with PAN (Permanent Account Number) issued by income tax authorities for tax and financial transactions by June 30, 2017. On March 30, a top Indian official clarified to Gulf News that NRIs were not eligible for Aadhaar and government departments had to give exemptions to NRIs in this regard. They were waiting for announcements on exemptions.

Expats stressed as Aadhaar becomes mandatory for tax returns -Expatriates living in India would often complain about heat, food and dirt. Applying, registering and getting an Aadhaar card might just extend the list of woes with another mandatory tryst with India?s famed red tape. Many expatriates would be required to obtain an Aadhaar number. The Finance Act, 2017 has made it mandatory to enroll for Aadhaar to file tax returns in India or apply for a PAN or keep the existing PAN active effective July 1. This applies to those who are eligible for Aadhaar and under the Aadhaar Act, anyone who is in India for more than 182 days in aggregate in the past 12 months becomes eligible to obtain Aadhaar, experts said.


As an NRI, your India-sourced income will be taxed in India: From update on Livemint “I am an NRI and was living in Kenya for the last 11 years. Since November 2016 I have been living in India. In December 2016 I also got a job here, in the diamond polishing business, which pays me a fixed salary of about Rs1 lakh per month. Depending on external factors, I may or may not go back to Kenya. Please tell me how I should file my taxes for 2016-17? Do I still qualify as an NRI?”

Residential status in India is determined based on your physical presence in India in the current financial year (FY) (1 April to 31 March) and the preceding 10 financial years . If the individual satisfies any of the basic conditions mentioned below, he would qualify as a resident, otherwise he would qualify as a non-resident (NR):
a) Stay in India during the FY is 182 days or more; or
b) Stay in India during the relevant FY is 60 days or more and in the 4 immediately preceding FYs is 365 days or more.

Additional tips from Abhinav Gulechha on his blog.?Impact of this provision on various categories of NRIs:

  1. NRI residing out of India ? comes to India every year for brief visits only: Requirement is not applicable to you, relax. If your income is below qualifying exemption limit, anyways no need to file return in India. However, if you are considering filing a return, you can do in a normal way. Leave ?Aadhaar? field in return form blank.
  2. NRI spending substantial time in India: This mostly applies to my seafarer friends who plan their work in such a way that they are < 182 days in India for a previous year, and hence are categorized as ?non-resident?. For such seafarers, please note that residency requirements under ITA and Aadhaar Act are different. The implications thus, are as follows:
  3. NRI returned to India/Resident of India (includes PIO/Expats) etc: Filing a tax return in India on or after 01/07/2017: Make sure that on the date of filing tax return (say X) you have NOT been residing in India for 182 days for period (X- 365), if yes, you cannot file a return without quoting your Aadhaar and if you do so, it can be deemed as ?defective?
    It may be noted that Government has not given any leeway yet (as I write the post on 10/04/2017) to PIO and expats. So, even if you are a US citizen residing in India, if you?re eligible for Aadhaar, you need to apply for it, and quote it in your tax return.

What does all this mean?

  • If you are an NRI (or OCI) living in India for more than 182 days, you should plan to get an Adhaar Card. (the process is rather simple for those residing in India)
  • If you have income earned in India, you should file tax returns in India.