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Sandy Sidhu: Making an Exciting Future in Hollywood

Posted on 20 January 2012 by admin

Sandy Sidhu, an aspiring young artist is playing a recurring role as Dr. Mehta in the military science fiction television series, Stargate Universe. Sandy Sidhu and her co-stars launched  Afternoon Tea at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2011. The film was selected for 2011’s Shorts Cut Canada Programme at the 36th TIFF. Afternoon Tea is among the 40 short films selected.

Born and raised in BC, Sandy first entered the spotlight by representing her hometown as the Nanaimo Princess Ambassador from 2003-2004. Sandy has received a degree in Cell Biology and Genetics at the University of British Columbia.

What does Cell Biology has to do with acting, you may wonder.

“Some might find that the polar opposite of acting but I’ve always been creative. I started doing theatre when I was fourteen years old and I’ve been drawing since I was a kid,” she explains.


As a young artist who has embarked on a challenging career, Sandy believes that the South Asian artists can make it to the mainstream.

For herself, she tells Generation Next “I see an exciting future ahead. Increasingly you see more and more South Asians on screen. Just the other day I saw 30 Minutes or Less with Aziz Ansari. There are numerous TV shows airing right now that have main cast members who are South Asians, and looking at blockbuster hits like Slumdog Millionaire and Bend It Like Beckham you can see the demand. It’s a fortunate time to be in the industry as just twenty years ago it would’ve been a very different landscape and most likely much more difficult to attempt.”

“I definitely think there’s acceptance. Sure, the North American industry hasn’t quite got to the point of seeing a South Asian Batman yet (And that is something I’d love to see). If there any barriers, then it’s up to people in my generation to break through those and make it happen,” she adds.

While the mainstream may be open to visible minorities, are communities’ like the South Asian community open to accepting the community’s newest stars?

“The South Asian Community is incredibly supportive. There might be more apprehension or fear to attempt a career so different, but I think that’s about it. And that’s a universal feeling, not one limited to just our community,” she stated.

As a young actress, Sandy believes that getting good roles may be a bit of a challenge.

“ would be having stronger characters and not just being boxed into roles that are just the girlfriend, the wife. Not that those roles can’t be fascinating themselves but to stretch people’s current expectations and explore different aspects of a woman’s psyche. I’d also love to continue to see more film projects with a woman that completely carries the film.”

As far as the stereotypes like arranged marriages go, Sandy says “although I wouldn’t choose to be in one, I have nothing against arranged marriages because I know people who’ve had success with it.”

How about social issues like honour killings?

“I have zero tolerance for it. It’s appalling and nonsensical. I grew up with the mentality that we choose our love, that we choose our passions, and that to live our life with freedom is a basic human right we all deserve to have without consequences,” she says strongly.

At an individual level, how does she see the relationship between fate and hard work?

Sandy tells us “I believe in both. You can’t sit around expect things to just happen for you. I think it’s a fusion of working hard and having faith it’ll all work out the way it’s meant to.”

By Staff Writer

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