SAIFTA sets Durban alight
Starry glamor, energy and celebs enthralled fans.
It was a glittering event on a night to remember. A slew of India’s best known faces, from Madhuri Dixit Nene, Abhay Deol and Priyanka Chopta to Amy Jackson, Ranveer Singh and Sidharth Malhotra danced and sang their way into the hearts of the spellbound crowd.
September 6 marked the first ever South Africa India Film and Television Awards (SAIFTA) in the picturesque city of Durban, South Africa. While the event was organized to promote employment, economic development and cultural exchange between the two countries, the mesmerized 7000 strong audience at the glittering International Convention Center couldn’t get their fill of their favorite Bollywood celebs.
Comperes for the grand spectacle
Filmmaker Karan Johar and actress Dia Mirza—resplendent in a tie-and-dye ensemble accessorized with a beautiful jade and golden bead necklace—hosted the event that felicitated cinema and television talent from both countries.
The other comperes were Miss South Africa Tatum Keshwar and the charming Simba. More than 150 Indian film and TV celebs attended the event and interacted with leading South African film and TV personalities. Designer duo Alpa and Reena showcased their collection at a special fashion show, while TV host Manish Paul showcased the promotional trailer of his upcoming film, Mickey Virus along with co-actor Elli Avram.
Starry performances set the mood
The event kicked off with teen heartthrob Sidharth Malhotra grooving to hits like Ishq Wala Love from his debut film, Student of The Year. He ended his performance by flying over the crowd and blowing little kisses at the swooning pretty young things below. The other outstanding performances of the evenings were from Priyanka Chopra in a glittering silver sequined outfit and purple dupatta and Madhuri Dixit resplendent in red and black with a gorgeous maang tika.
Chopra danced to a medley of her hit numbers while Dixit-Nene, the dancing queen with a sparkling smile, swayed to the evergreen Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani number from Ghagra. Ranveer Singh, resplendent in a pink turban and twirled moustache showing off his energetic dance moves in an ode to “Hundred years of Bollywood cinema”. He performed a medley of old and new Bollywood songs, a “musical behlpuri” as he put it.
Awards galore for cinematic excellence
The performances were interspersed by nominations and wins for Bollywood’s best films and performances. Unsurprisingly, Barfi! won accolades as Best Film of the year with actor Ranbir Kapoor winning the Best Actor award. His co-actor in the film, Priyanka Chopra won the Best Actress award. Aashiqui 2 won the Popular Song of the Year award for Tum Hi Ho. Meanwhile Nawazuddin Siddiqui won the Best Supporting Actor, Sidharth Malhotra received the Best Debut prize for his performance in SOTY and Huma Qureshi won the Best Debutant award for Gangs of Wassepur. Abhishek Kapoor won Director of the Year for Kai Po Che and John Abraham received the Youth Icon of the Year: South Africa.
Indian TV soap, Pavitra Rishta from the Zee TV stable picked up the Show of the Year award. Gurmeet Choudhary was adjudged lead actor of the year and Kratika Sengar of Punar Vivaah fame won the lead actress award. The special Madiba Award was given to Mr. Nelson Mandela and was received by his grand-daughter Ndileka Mandela amidst thunderous applause.The Bollywood panel of judges includes Boman Irani, Farah Khan, Mukesh Bhatt, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Waheeda Rehman while the South African jury included renowned figures from the field of art and culture including Caroline Smart, Leleti Khumalo, Linda Bukhosini, Peter Rorvick, Saira Essa and Welcome Msomi.
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