After completing his graduation in Film & Media from Brunel University with the short film Stani Delirium, Atul Malhotra was recruited by Granada Television for their New Talent Training Scheme. At Granada, Atul specialised in Avid editing while using his spare time to Write, Produce & Direct “If it don’t kill ya” a short fiction film that won rave reviews in the festival circuit. Atul followed this up by directing an award-winning documentary “Big Time” about a dwarf rock band trying to be taken seriously in the music business, which was aired by the ITV network.

Since then Atul has Produced and Directed a wide range of documentaries, comedy and entertainment content for all the main TV channels in the UK including BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Discovery and Sky. His Directing credits include Ross Kemp on Guns, The Big Experiment, Come Dine With Me, Feel The Fear, Remote Control Star, Gastronuts, The People’s Book of Records and Solomon, The Escape Artist. Atul has also Directed the entire first season of ‘Breaking Magic’, a new big budget flagship nine part series for Discovery International which will be airing across 163 countries around the world.

Laura Aikman plays Samantha in Amar Akbar & Tony. An English film and television actress, she began her career starring alongside Anthony Hopkins in the film Surviving Picasso. She continued to juggle acting professionally alongside school and eventually left at the age of 17 for her role as ‘Mysti’ in The Mysti Show for BBC1. Since The Mysti Show, Aikman has continued to make her mark in television, subsequently appearing as a guest in over thirty television shows to date, and as a series regular in shows such as Teenage Kicks (ITV), Personal Affairs (BBC3), Casualty (BBC1 appearing in 35 episodes), The 4 o’clock Club (CBBC), Lemon la Vida Loca (ITV2), which she co-wrote with Leigh Francis, The Job Lot (ITV2), Waterloo Road (BBC1), and most recently Bluestone 42 (BBC3). Amar Akbar & Tony is Laura’s thirteenth film.