EP #8: Dr. Ranjith Mahen – Being $190K In Debt To Opening Two Multi-Million Chiropractic Clinics With Just $10K

Dr. Ranjith Mahen is a health educator, chiropractor, and weight loss and clinic coach. He joins Ara to discuss being $190,000 in debt, opening his first practice with $10,000, the importance of mastering your energy, and overcoming self-doubt to pursue what you want.

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Read his feature story on TamilCulture.com – https://tamilculture.com/dr-ranjith-mahens-secret-to-running-two-successful-multimillion-dollar-practices-be-generous-and-give-back

Connect with Dr. Ranjith via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/doctormahen/

Ep8 Timestamps

00:15 – Introducing Dr. Ranjith Mahen

01:36 – Ranjith recalls how he met Ara, contemplating dropping out of school after his mother’s sudden passing

04:13 – What does a chiropractor do and why should someone go to a chiropractor

11:39 – Being $190,000 in debt with student loans

13:13 – Ranjith speaks on how Ara’s dad was a mentor to him and how a solid network helped him start his first practice with $10,000

17:48 – Struggling with self-doubt and overcoming it

19:26 – How to find a balance between work and life, and the importance of getting your energy right

21:30 – Ranjith speaks on the health transformation he underwent during COVID, and how this is the first generation of children who won’t outlive their parents

25:44 – Purchasing his first commercial real estate property for the business, where Ranjith sees himself in the next 3-5 years

28:32 – Books and stories that inspire Ranjith

30:57 – His mom’s passing has inspired him to help others, and recapping an example of how when you give more is given to you

32:54 – Being Tamil a major part of Ranjith’s identity

34:29 – Being inspired by Tony Robbins and A. R. Rahman

36:25 – Putting aside fear to build certainty

38:26 – What Would You Choose

42:35 – The Wrap Up

EP #7: Jananie Baskaran – Raising $60K For Charity Using Photography

Jananie Baskaran is a photographer, artist, and founder of the non-profit organization Palm Roots. She joins Ara to discuss how she raised $60,000 through sponsorships, what it was like being one of the first female photographers in the Tamil community, and how The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari completely shifted her perspective, before Ara runs her through another speed round of Would You Rather.

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Ep7 Timestamps

00:15 – Introducing Jananie Baskaran

01:47 – How her visit to Jaffna lead to the creation of her non-profit Palm Roots

03:53 – Raising $60,000 and the sponsors that helped make it happen

04:49 – How transparency lead to the evolution of Palm Roots

06:18 – Jananie’s plans for Palm Roots going forward

07:23 – The negative perception of Jaffna (Jananie’s ambition to
display the positive), and the entrepreneurial energy of the Tamil

09:19 – Jananie’s writing work, and speaking on the feeling of being a social outcast

16:34 – Being one of first female photographers in the Tamil
community and how the scene has changed since, in addition to how COVID
has affected photographers

19:29 – The importance of art in the world despite the negative perception that surrounds it as a career choice

22:08 – Medical field by day, photography and creative arts by night

23:52 – The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari completely changed Jananie’s perspective

25:52 – How self-reflection has helped Jananie overcome the famous Tamil phrase “what will other people think”

29:20 – Where Jananie sees herself in the next 3-5 years

29:55 – Wanting to be remembered for living life on her own terms and embodying kindness

31:45 – The legacy Ara wants to leave behind

32:32 – Finding identity in being Tamil

35:59 – Jananie’s admiration for Tamil immigrants and Princess Diana

39:29 – Advice Jananie would give to other aspiring Tamil creators

41:33 – Would You Rather

46:40 – Wrap Up


EP #6: Vozhi – How A Seattle-Based Real Estate Entrepreneur Vozhi Got To Rap In A Kollywood Film

Vozhi is a Tamil-American Seattle-based entrepreneur, rapper, and community activist. He joins Ara to discuss how he got the opportunity to rap in Kollywood film Vellai Pookal, how Arnold Schwarzenegger inspired him to get into real estate, getting the governor of Washington to officially make March 9th Tamil Heritage Day, and why the victim mentality is counterproductive to you achieving your goals.

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00:15 – Introducing Arivozhi Adiaman aka Vozhi

02:51 – Following the traditional corporate path before having an epiphany

05:10 – Transitioning towards working in real estate, making music, and engaging in community service

08:51 – Why people are fearful of owning real estate, why they shouldn’t be, and how technology is bridging the knowledge gap

14:52 – Where Vozhi’s name came from, and how hip hop has helped him express himself without worrying about insecurities

20:39 – Getting to rap in Kollywood film Vellai Pookal after only six months of putting his work out for public consumption

23:35 – This golden age of the creator era, treating social media as a tool to track progress and connect with your audience

25:41 – The importance of consistency and not getting caught up in the metrics that society sets

33:33 – Taking advantage of every opportunity, how the victim mentality is counterproductive to achieving your goals

36:46 – How Vozhi manages to balance real estate, music, and community activism

39:51 – Resources Vozhi uses to build his knowledge, and how Arnold Schwarzenegger inspired Vozhi to get into real estate

43:59 – How Vozhi wants to be remembered, and what he’s doing to hopefully achieve that

45:16 – Appreciating his parents for immigrating to America without Google Maps and other people he finds inspiration from

48:01 – Talking about the Tamil community

51:01 – Getting approval from the Governor of Washington to officially make March 9th Tamil Heritage Day

51:51 – Advice Vozhi gives to other aspiring Tamil creators, forgetting about other peoples’ opinions

53:46 – Would You Rather

60:24 – The Wrap Up

EP #5: Showkace – Podcast/Radio Host Is Normalizing Conversations Around Mental Health

Kausalya Vimal aka Kacy joins Ara to discuss mental health, manifestation, and why Aunty Kamala’s opinion doesn’t matter, before diving into another round of “Would You Choose/Rather.” For the first time ever, this episode of #TheTamilCreator also includes a bit of bonus audio, so make sure you stick around until the end.

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EP5 Timestamps
00:15 – Introducing Kausalya Vimal (aka Kacy)
02:11 – Kacy’s mental health podcast
03:35 – Launching the podcast shortly after her sister’s cancer diagnosis and a work incident
06:38 – The false glamour of social media and how people have received her podcast
08:30 – Why conversations around mental health are only becoming normalized now
11:55 – Hosting a radio show with the aspiration of bridging generations together, how it’s different from her podcast
16:07 – Belief in manifestation, and end goal of having a TV show on national television
17:50 – How Kacy’s full-time job as a mental health counsellor and hosting a podcast/radio show feed into each other
19:00 – How growing up around youth violence and “groups” drew her towards a career in mental health
22:31 – Kacy’s love for dance, how she wants to tie it into her brand going forward
25:14 – The perception of a career in the creative arts, specifically in the Tamil community
27:45 – Kacy’s PSA to follow your dream and work hard
28:36 – Representation matters (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Lilly Singh)
– Finding inspiration from motivational speaker Trent Shelton, other
Tamil podcasts, and Social Change Activist Amanda Seales
35:43 – Numbers driving people’s decision to perceive something/someone as important
37:44 – Waking up early and affirmations have changed Kacy’s life
41:08 – Wanting to be remembered for taking the time to listen to others
41:57 – Kacy’s admiration for her mom and Will Smith
45:31 – Ara recalls a story of rebellion from his childhood
47:02 – Kacey delivers another PSA encouraging other creators to ignore the numbers and instead create out of passion
49:20 – The negative effect social media is having on kids
51:01 – Would You Rather
60:38 – Wrap up
63:25 – Bonus audio

Serial Entrepreneur Turned Angel Investor, Mohan Markandaier Is Helping Other Founders Grow Faster While Making Less Mistakes

Mohan Markandaier is a serial entrepreneur with multiple successful exits. He co-founded Pulse Voice in 1996 which was acquired by Enghouse in 2009. Leveraging the financial freedom and over a decade worth of operator experience, Mohan co-founded Good New Ventures to help promising companies accelerate their growth with both money and mentorship.

Tell us about how the idea for Pulse Voice came to be, how the founding team came together and how you grew the company before it got acquired.

The four founders are long-time friends (all engineers, all Tamil) working in the Telecom industry. From our work experience, we realized that building voice applications on existing platforms were extremely complex and very expensive. We decided to build a platform based on a PC and Windows operating system that enabled developers to easily build and deploy voice applications from a user friendly graphical interface that significantly reduced the total cost of ownership for our customers. We started building our platform in our basement in 1996, designing them specifically to one of our customer’s requirements and got our first installation in Europe. As conservative engineers, we bootstrapped the company to grow organically based on cash flow and managed to be profitable every year. Sometimes I wonder if we had raised outside capital and invested heavily, would we have grown faster and become a leader in our space. On the other hand, our organic growth allowed us to survive and even thrive during the dot com bust in the year 2000 and the financial downturn of 2008. At the time of our acquisition by Enghouse in 2009, we had customers in 40 countries and also happen to be the best year financially since we founded the company. 

How did the acquisition by Enghouse come to be? Also, tell us what the experience of getting acquired looks like briefly.   

Three years prior to our acquisition, we realized the need to bring on external advisors and mentors to help us to scale our company. We established an advisory board with accomplished senior executives from our industry. These executives brought extensive outside perspective that not only helped us triple our revenue but also enabled us to explore new opportunities for growth. We contemplated raising capital to grow the company ourselves, or alternatively merge with another company and become a more dominant player in the industry. As luck would have it, the Chairman of our advisory board ran into someone at the airport, in the washroom of all places, and that conversation led to us having a meeting with the CEO of Enghouse with the rest being history. The process of being acquired was certainly exciting but involved some anxiety as well. The partners and I were excited, as this is something we had planned for the company sometime in the future and it was becoming a reality. The anxiety was predominantly around how the integration would work – who would stay with the company and who would be moving on. Overall, the decision was the right one and we were able to celebrate the achievement and have no regrets.

What made you decide to sell the company (Pulse Voice) that you had been building with close friends for over a decade instead of continuing to try to grow the company?

Each of the four partners intrinsically had different strengths that we brought to the table. We also had very different personalities. Together, we had agreed to a unified commitment to identified goals and a willingness to work together to achieving them without compromising our friendship. Certainly, we had our share of healthy debates and arguments during strategy sessions, nevertheless we focused on ensuring open communication among us and all decisions were made in the best interest of the company. Having worked together for more than a decade, an opportunity was presented to us that not only afforded us financial freedom but also provided an avenue to explore other possible ventures based on our individual aspirations. After the exit of Pulse Voice, the four of us continued to work together in other business endeavours and remain good friends to this day. Looking back, we all agree that the first exit paved the way forward for all of us to explore different paths and opportunities, each would agree that we are extremely happy with our choices and our lives as a result.  

In recent years, there’s been a glamorization in the start-up world around raising money and growth at any costs, how do you feel about this?

I am a strong believer in start-ups and in entrepreneurship as I believe it leads to innovation that pushes boundaries of the status quo. Taking big bold risks supported by vision and investing heavily both emotionally and financially in an environment where there is a high rate of failure, takes true courage and resilience. I may be biased but entrepreneurs of start-ups need as much support as possible as what they are endeavoring to do, is an extremely difficult thing to accomplish. With respect to raising capital, measuring the success of a company on how much capital they have raised is an incorrect barometer. Instead the focus should be on how effectively the company is solving a problem in a specific market and how well they are addressing the needs of their customers to attain market dominance in that space. In order to accomplish this fairly quickly, start-ups need capital at various stages. Capital from investors can be extremely valuable for product development, validate product market fit, and increase market share, all of which requires companies to continue to invest cash during these stages and it is the nature of any start-up. 

How did Good New Ventures start and how do you differentiate yourself in the marketplace where companies (especially the good ones) have the leverage because getting money is not a problem for them?

Having been an entrepreneur for years with some successes as well as many failures, I always wanted to work closely with entrepreneurs by investing capital and providing mentorship wherever possible. I joined a not-for-profit Angel group out of Markham called York Angel Investors with the goal of meeting other like-minded Angel Investors to leverage their expertise and share the risk of making investments. This is where the Good News Ventures (GNV) partners met – at that time, all 3 partners combined had invested in many start-ups as Angel investors with few successful exits. Since we were all doing investing full time, we thought we should get together and start a fund. GNV fund was more of an evolution for us – where we can leverage our capital along with outside investors’ capital to invest larger funds in pre-seed and seed stage high growth tech companies predominantly based in Canada. We believe our key differentiator comes from our operator backgrounds with experience in starting a company from scratch and successfully exiting. With an entrepreneur focussed mindset, we support our companies, championing and cheerleading them so that they can increase their chances of success during the high risk stages.  We leverage our Next Level Program where our network of partners help our founders network and establish connections, discuss strategies and receive guidance in dealing with specific challenges. 

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TikTok Stars, Twin Sisters Kiran And Nivi’s Infusion Of Carnatic Melodies With Pop Music Draws Fans Like Shawn Mendes

“Shawn Mendes started following us on TikTok and Sia shared our cover of her song, “Snowman” on her instagram story which was really amazing. We were shocked to see that they both even knew who we were.” Fraternal twin sisters Kiran and Nivi went viral on TikTok and other social media platforms with their mashup covers with songs infusing Carnatic music with songs from artists like Sia, Jason Derule and Coldplay. They recently introduced the world to some of their original self-produced music including “Is There Peace?”.

Shawn Mendes, Jason Derulo, (saw the collab with him which was very cool!) SIA are fans which is amazing! How did they discover your music? Have Shawn Mendes and SIA reached out to you in some way and are there future collabs coming up?

Shawn Mendes started following us on TikTok and Sia shared our cover of her song, “Snowman” on her instagram story which was really amazing. We were shocked to see that they both even knew who we were. We are just grateful for all the love and support we have been receiving! 

You guys have a huge social media following on both Instagram (150K+ followers) and TikTok (1.2M+ followers)! How did you go about building your following?

We found TikTok by sheer luck and Nivi had the idea of posting singing videos. We started posting our first video which got 1000 likes in a day and we were pleasantly surprised by that.  This gave us the motivation to continue to do more videos. I would say posting consistenting helped us build our following.  

Usually as you grow in popularity, the majority of comments & interactions you have with followers is generally positive, but there’s always that small vocal group of negative followers. Is this something you’ve seen and if so, how do you deal with them?

Yes, there have been some negative comments, but we don’t really take it to heart as everyone has their own opinions about things and what’s important is to do things that we love and believe in. Our fans love us for our music and we feel that that is a very pure relationship that makes us forget about the negativity, not only from social media but the tragic events that have happened in the past year. 

I personally view social media in a positive light.  I see it as a tool that can be used for good or bad (similar to a car). Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Yes, definitely agree. Social media can be good and bad. One example of the positives is that it has helped us gain a following that we wouldn’t if it weren’t for social media. One of the negatives is when people are negative to one another on social media. However, overall we feel like the good outweights the bad.   

At what age did you get into creating music?  What was the spark that got you excited about music?

We started composting at around 15 or 16. When we were young, we were trained in Carnatic music and listening to our favorite musicians sparked an interest in us to practice 3-4 hours a day. The passion incremently increased from there. 

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From Civil War To Corporate Success, Roy Ratnavel Shares His Story Of Overcoming Adversity And Pain

Roy Ratnavel has a classic rags-to-riches immigrant story. While he’s now a successful Bay Street executive at a global asset management firm, it’s pure grit and resilience that got him this far. After being forced to leave war-torn Sri Lanka and immigrating to Canada, Roy started as a mail clerk at CI Global Asset Management and over the span of 30 years, has made the leap to Executive Vice-President at CI Financial as well as the Head of Distribution for CI Global Asset Management.

Tell us about what life was like for you in Sri Lanka, to your journey here in Canada.

As a teenager, growing up in northern Sri Lanka I never thought I would live to see my twenties. My scarred memory is still full of incidents and experiences living in Point Pedro — whose inhabitants were frequently bombed and shelled to oblivion, during the height of war. Most nights during the heavy bombardment my brother and I used to lay on the floor of our ancestral home. The cracks made by the incendiaries as they landed; the shock-waves from high explosive bombs, preceded by a seismic wave that was felt as we laid on the ground and the subsequent haunting screams of those poor souls who got caught in it. 

Then 1987 rolled around and ‘Operation Liberation’ was activated — a military offensive carried out by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces to recapture part of the territory in the Jaffna peninsula from the Tamil Tigers — which included my hometown. When the soldiers came — I was arrested along with many of my friends at the age of 17, for being Tamil, and I was sent to prison. After my release, sensing that there was no future for me in Sri Lanka — my father decided to send me out of the country for a better and safe life and thought Canada might be that land of opportunity. It was on April 19, 1988 — when I was 18-years-old, that I landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport, by myself. Three days after I landed my father was shot and killed. 

You have been at CI Global Asset Management for over 30 years which is very much unheard of today – where somebody stays at a company for that long. Tell us how you got your first job there and what made you stay that long with the same company?

My father’s untimely death left me with the feeling that I had to live for two people. I thought — if I did well enough in life, somehow, I could make up for the life he should’ve had. At first, I got a daytime job in a factory — and, then at night I would clean office buildings. On weekends, I had a third job as a security guard. But I knew I had to get out of this routine, if I wanted to achieve my goal. My roommates and I used to buy the Toronto Sun newspaper, which we never planned to read — but, just for the Sunshine Girl on page 3. But one night, I flipped through the job listings, and there was one that said ‘Office Help Needed. $14K.’ I applied — even though I didn’t even know what ‘K’ meant.” 

My offer letter for a ‘mailroom clerk’ dated February 16, 1989 — thirty-two years ago — now hangs in a frame on the wall in my office. CI was a very tiny, privately owned asset management company back then with a few million dollars under management. I stayed at CI for this long not out of loyalty, but because no one else would hire me. Kidding aside, when CI went public in June 1994 —I bought as many shares as I could afford in the initial public offering (IPO). Since then I felt like an owner and saw CI as an extension of myself. As a result, I did what others would not do — because no one washes the rental car. I behaved like an owner and took genuine ownership and pride over my work here. Now, I can’t quit on myself. 

What does your typical day look like? Managing teams is a difficult endeavour, what is your approach?

Morning routine is vital to me. I wake up every morning at 4:30 am, have a double espresso shot and check the headline news from around the globe. Then hit the home gym for an hour. By then my report card comes in the form of an overnight sales email. Even when it’s positive, it’s not a glorious euphoria — because I’m relieved and then thinking of how to win the next day. I try to get to the office by 7:15 am. 

Once in the office, I pour over the overnight sales report to gauge the inflow and outflow of assets. Then I get in touch with my direct reports for clarifications and thoughts — if necessary. My usual day consists of many management meetings and team meetings to create sales strategies and initiatives to utilize CI’s diverse lineup of investment mandates for financial advisors.

I believe that most managers fail to comprehend that their jobs are not about personal achievements, but instead about enabling others to achieve. Leadership can be so stressful that most people internalize their stress to make themselves insecure and self-centered to a point where they cannot properly support their teams. As a result, the team will lose trust and the person will be seen as someone in authority and not as a leader. To overcome this and project confidence, I delegate tasks for others to accomplish. Delegation is not an abdication of responsibility. Although sometimes a leader must take charge and drive change forward, the best leaders often take a back seat and build talent by delegating the team to do the driving.

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Geerthana Uthayakumar Successfully Launched Social Responsible E-Commerce Brand Devi Wellness Company In The Midst Of a Global Pandemic

Geerthana’s journey into natural, homemade, bath and skin care began a couple years ago when she was on the search for products to nourish and balance her children’s sensitive, often dry, and eczema-prone skin. When she couldn’t find products that worked for her, she resorted to learning about ancient ingredients found in the Eastern parts of the world and age-old routines practiced by her ancestors.

What made you start the Devi Wellness Company?

When I shared my children’s natural skincare routine on my Instablog, I received a lot of positive feedback and requests to sell what I was using on my kids. I hadn’t really put any thought into selling or launching a small shop prior to then but once I had that encouragement it seemed like the perfect thing to do. 

I feel like this is the “Golden Age of the Creator Economy” where it’s never been easier to be a creator and monetize as a creator.  Would you say that this statement is accurate – has this been your experience?

I would definitely say that this statement is true in the sense that we are fortunate to have free apps like Instagram which we can utilize as a professional portfolio to showcase skill, talent, and essentially our work. As a content creator, just posting on Instagram has brought forth many opportunities and collaborations my way. As a small business owner, it has brought forth not only many customers but repeat customers in such a short amount of time. 

How do you manage your time between being a mother of 4 kids, homeschooling, blogging and managing your business?  

Finding a balance between all of the above has proven to be much more difficult than I had initially anticipated. My first and foremost priority are my young children so whatever time is leftover after making sure their needs are met, is what gets devoted to either blogging or the business. Planning everything in advance from meals and lessons to product launches and blog posts has helped me make efficient use of the time I do have. The reality is I hardly get time for myself, I simply cannot take on all opportunities that come my way, and I don’t have as much time as I’d like to devote to my small business. However, I take what I can get and make the best of it. 

How have your family and friends supported you through your journey?

My husband works long hours to support our family so that I could stay home with our children and my parents are still working. As a result I have very minimal access to physical help. However the support I have received from family, friends, and the Instagram community via encouragement through messages and shares has been vital to my success. 

I noticed that you’re a vegetarian which is something more people in general are trending towards.  What pushed you in this direction?

I have wanted to become a vegetarian since I was a child but I wasn’t able to persuade my parents until I turned 13. I could never justify the idea of an animal being raised, many times in poor, unethical, conditions, with the intention of being slaughtered for food. It just seemed very wrong to me even as a child. As a result, I have been a vegetarian for about 19 years now. 

***Read the rest of interview at TamilCulture.com.***

EP #4: Chen Vasanthakumar – Buying A Business For $0 And Selling It For $60K

Micro-business investor Chen Vasanthakumar joins Ara to drop some knowledge on the best places to find and buy a micro-business, and how to assess if it will be profitable. Some of the other topics they discuss include Chen’s passion for travel and learning about other cultures, being in Barcelona at the height of the pandemic, ambitiously working towards the goal of having his family and friends possibly thinking he has a few screws loose, and his newfound love for Teslas.



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00:15 – Introducing Chen Vasanthakumar

02:45 – How Chen’s corporate finance background, and a friend from middle school, spurred his interest in buying businesses

09:49 – Buying his first business for $0, running it for less than a year, and profiting $60K

12:47 – Taking some time off to travel, network, and evaluate Southeast Asia

14:09 – Finding a needle in the haystack business on Flippa

17:40 – The impact of COVID and the lesson Chen learned about mitigating risk

19:52 – Chen’s next move after buying a travel based business at the height of the pandemic and remote work visas

24:00 – The difference between behere (https://gobehere.com) and Airbnb

25:54 – The best place to find and buy businesses

31:32 – Doing the de-risking yourself to make more money

34:35 – Where Chen sees himself in the next 3-5 years

35:56 – Wanting to be remembered by friends and family for going against the grain

37:11 – Chen’s favourite book (Shoe Dog)

39:33 – Embracing a marathon mindset

41:47 – Chen’s connection to the Tamil community on a personal and professional level

45:36 – Chen pays respect to Shiv (co-founder of TamilCulture)

47:09 – Tim Ferris almost made Chen quit his job, Nipsey Hussle being the only rapper who rapped openly about entrepreneurship

50:11 – Would You Rather

55:40 – Wrap up

EP #3: Dilani Rabindran – How To Make Money In The Film Industry

Ara chats with the founder and managing director of Viewfinder Film Consulting, Dilani Rabindran, about her passion for global cinema, starting a short film fund in her late father’s name to help independent filmmakers, the South Asian stigma of having a career in the creative arts, who she finds inspiration from in the entertainment space, and much more.

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00:15 – Introducing Dilani Rabindran

01:40 – Working for TIFF and the doors it opened

03:16 – Starting Viewfinder Film Consulting to help filmmakers

08:45 – COVID’s impact on film festivals and transitioning VFC to a production company

10:30 – What film product entails, production in India vs. Canada

12:12 – Starting a short film fund in her late father’s name

14:08 – Dilani’s writing journey with the likes of Behindwoods, the Juggernaut, & TC

17:53 – The misconceptions of someone living in the West when they perceive Chennai

23:47 – Is the stigma of having a career in the field of creative arts changing? How Dilani’s parents reacted to her pursuing her creative passions

26:30 – How Dilani mitigates risk by working with Cineplex

28:23 – Dilani’s favourite book(s), her newly launched podcast called The Attitude to help promote South Asian women and their endeavours

31:17 – Beliefs and behaviours which have helped Dilani grow, specifically the importance of delegating

34:05 – The impact of being a part of the Tamil, Canadian, and Chennai communities

36:07 – Finding inspiration from individuals in the entertainment space, both in the Tamil community and globally

39:09 – The legacy Dilani wants to be remembered for

40:15 – Would You Choose speed round

45:03 – Where you can find Dilani, other projects she’s working on, Kim’s convenience

47:18 – Outro


Read more of Dilani’s content on TamilCulture.com including her time spent in Chennai!

Dilani Rabindran

Viewfinder Film Consulting

The Attitude Podcast

Krish Rabindran (Dilani’s brother)