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Thursday, March 7, 2013


(Shika Budhoo as she appeared in “Shikaland!” Pic by Val Adamson)

Well-known Durban actress, Shika Budhoo, appears in Oh Golly, it’s Bolly! which opens tonight at the Globe Theatre at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg.

The award-winning South African choreographer, Jayesperi Moopen, and the Tribhangi Dance Theatre company present Moopen’s new production of Oh Golly, it’s Bolly!

The production promises to take audiences on a musical journey down memory lane with carefully compiled movie songs in a production that features live music by renowned singers Roselyn Mangar and Suraj Jewan and songs full of banter and beats in Hindi, Tamil and Telegu. Dancer Nicol Sheraton is one of a number of professional dancers drawn from all over South Africa who make up the rest of the cast.

Oh Golly, it’s Bolly! is a celebration of the magic of Indian cinema spanning a period from the 1970s to present. Homage is paid to the Bollywood greats through storytelling, song and dance that is central to all Indian Cinema. The show will appeal to audiences of all ages.

Describing herself as “being on board as comedienne-actress”, Durban-born actress, writer, and director Shika Budhoo graduated in 2005 from The University of KwaZulu-Natal with a BA Honours (cum laude) in Drama and Performance Studies. Since then she has appeared in numerous productions such as Macbeth; To House; Spice 'n Stuff; The Looney Lahnee Show; Jimbo; Sunghursh; her self-written one-woman show Shika-land! and Twelve (which both performed at The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown) as well as Beswitched and What You Laughing At?

She is well-known for her role as Mrs Singh Song in the former LotusFM hit comedy series Lollipop Lane by Clinton Marius. She has since worked closely with Marius in The Fantastical Flea Circus (for which she won a Mercury Durban Theatre Award) and i-Puppeti.

Oh Golly, it’s Bolly! runs at Gold Reef City’s Globe Theatre until March 31. Booking is at Computicket. The production is funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).