Asian TV host to appear at Barking’s East London Mela

PUBLISHED: 14:16 13 June 2012

Director: Asad will appear on stage in Barking Park in July

Director: Asad will appear on stage in Barking Park in July


»An up-and-coming film-maker who fronts an MTV-style show for Asian audiences will appear at the East London Mela next month.

Asad Shan, 29, hosts Rock The Vibe on the Zing satellite channel. His first film, 7 Welcome to London, an Asian romantic thriller set in the capital, was released in March.

He is set to take the stage by storm when he appears at the mela at Barking Park, Longbridge Road, on July 1.

He said: “I will be one of the faces of the mela, one of the people who speaks and gets interviewed.

“This is my first East London Mela. I was born and bred in east London so this is very exciting.”

He will be interviewed on stage for ten minutes and is planning to film clips for his TV show.

He graduated with a law degree from King’s College, University of London, then went on to study method acting and film in New York.

Film 7 Welcome to London tells the story of a young man, Jai, who moves to England after leaving his debt-ridden family in Delhi.

The film, which features music, has received support from the Bollywood fraternity and Asad’s direction has been compared with that of British film-maker Guy Richie.


It premiered at Cineworld in Ilford in March and is to be released in the US in September.

Asad, of East Ham, added: “I am developing two more films and am planning to shoot in London.

“One is a mainstream comedy in English. I am busy with my TV show.

“I will be attending my first mela, which is fabulous. I will have the opportunity to interact with the audience who have given me love and support in my career.”

n To book tickets, call the box office on 01753 362 362 or the East London Mela Enquiry Hotline from Monday to Friday on 07841 918 434. Find out more at

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