Bol­ly­wood caught in ac­tion

Weekend Witness - - News - ESTELLE SINKINS

BOL­LY­WOOD stars last night got their groove on with the Biyela tra­di­tional Zulu dancers from Mar­i­annhill on the red car­pet at last night’s launch of the South Africa In­dia Film and Tele­vi­sion Awards (Saif­tas) at the ICC in Dur­ban.

Among the bevy of Bol­ly­wood beau­ties on the red car­pet were Sri Lankan model and ac­tress, Jac­que­line Fer­nan­dez, who told Week­end Wit­ness that she was en­joy­ing her first visit to SA and was cap­ti­vated by its beauty.

Asked what she thought of the Saif­tas, which will al­low for col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­tries in In­dia and South Africa, she said: “It’s an amaz­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion and I can only see the fu­ture get­ting brighter and brighter.”

In­dian model and ac­tress Diya Mirza said that given the large In­dian com­mu­nity in SA, the col­lab­o­ra­tion made per­fect sense.

She said: “I’m really ex­cited to be here and I think the Saif­tas will en­dorse the friend­ship we have al­ready.”

Other stars on the red car­pet in­cluded Isidingo ac­tors, Mau­rice Paige and Latoya Mangezi, de­sign­ers Haroun Han­srot and David Tlale, In­dian rap­per, Hard­core, and Bol­ly­wood star, Raveena Tandon.

Among the well-known Dur­ban faces at the event were Play­house chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Linda Bukhosini, Bon­gani Tembe, artis­tic di­rec­tor of the KwaZulu-Natal Phil­har­monic Orches­tra and the deputy speaker of eThek­wini coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor Lo­gie Naidoo.

All were treated to a fu­sion of South African and In­dian tal­ent, in­clud­ing a mas­sive dance pro­duc­tion di­rected by Geeta Kapoor, co­chore­og­ra­pher of Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire.

There were also fash­ion in­stal­la­tions by Tlale and Han­srot, us­ing live models.

PHOTO: RA­JESH JANTILAL

Bol­ly­wood ac­tress Raveena Tandon spon­ta­neously joins tra­di­tional Zulu dancers, Buyela from Mar­i­annhill town­ship, at the South Africa In­dia Film and Tele­vi­sion Awards Red Car­pet at the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Dur­ban last night.

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