Bollywood caught in action

2013-03-23 00:00

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, co- choreographer of Slumdog Millionaire.

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

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