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Wednesday, August 28, 2013


(Maduri Dixit)

The SAIFTA (South Africa India Film and Television Awards) stage is set to sizzle as two of Bollywood’s hottest actresses and dancers, Maduri Dixit and Priyanka Chopra, will be performing.

They will be joined by a host of heartthrobs, including Ranveer Singh and Siddharth Malhotra, tele-stars Manish Paul, Mona Singh, Apurva Agnihotri and Shilpa Agnihotri among many others ... plus stars from South Africa, including Karen van Pletsen and The Durban Gospel Choir as well as Bollywood wannabe, Aaron MacIlroy.

The inaugural South Africa India Film and Television Awards (SAIFTA), takes place at the Durban ICC Arena on September 6, 2013, and the organisers - Celebrity Locker, The Department of Economic Development and Tourism KZN, are billing the event as the social occasion of the year.

Gorgeous Dia Mirza and celebrated filmmaker Karan Johar will host SAIFTA 2013, bringing to the stage their brand of charisma, wit, humour and glamour.

Over 150 prominent film and TV personalities, including actor, film producer and former model, John Abraham, will be walking the SAIFTA red carpet, Oscars-style, along with the who’s who of the film and television industry from both countries. These celebrities will get a chance to rub shoulders and interact with 30 top film and TV personalities of South Africa.

The stunning Jaqueline Fernandes, who wowed the audience at the SAIFTA launch in March, along with the unconventional Hard Kaur, will be back by popular demand.

‘Dancing queen’, Madhuri Dixit, who is cited as one Bollywood’s best actresses and dancers, holds the record for the highest number of Best Actress Nominations (13) at Filmfare. In 2008, she was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award by the Government of India.

SAIFTA Creative Director, Kedhar Gawde, beamed: “Ever since I have been directing shows, my first choice of star has been Madhuri but I have never had the privilege of working with her until now .... and now my dream is coming true, at SAIFTA in Durban. I am so pleased that through SAIFTA, we are able to expose a star of this calibre to the Durban audience. Bringing these types of stars to Durban will further strengthen SAIFTA’s aim to put the city and KwaZulu-Natal on the map as an ideal Bollywood film location.”

Pandit Birju Maharaj, a Kathak dancer who choreographed Mardhuri in the film Devdas, calls her “the best Bollywood dancer due to her versatility.” Film directors describe her as a ‘choreographer’s delight” ... and 45 Durban dancers will have the honour of dancing with her at the gala South Africa India Film and Television Awards. SAIFTA takes place at the Durban ICC Arena on Friday 6 September.

The Durban SAIFTA dancers are undergoing rigorous nine-hour daily dance rehearsals for under the strict choreography of Mumbai expert, Geeta Kapoor, who was a judge on TV reality show Dance India Dance. She also choreographed the opening of the Pepsi IPL 2013.

An audience of 6,000 fans and celebrities is expected to attend the gala SAIFTA extravaganza and plenty more will gather on the Durban ICC Arena Concourse to witness the red-carpet arrivals.

Tickets for SAIFTA 2013 as well as corporate packages and VIP Tables can be booked on