Saturday, 7 September 2013

Priyanka-Ranbir bags SAIFTA Best Actor Award

The first edition of the South Africa India Film and Television Awards charms South Africa

JP News Network | Durban
While Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra bagged Best Actor Male and Femal category respectively, Nawazuddin Siddiqui made it to the first SAIFTA’s awards list for Best Supporting Actor.‘Barfi’ walked away with the Film of the Year award. Bollywood’s debutants also had their shine under the African sun, with Sidharth Malhotra for student of the year and Huma Qureshi for ‘Gangs of Wassepur’ claiming best debut honours. The trophy for the Director of the Year was proudly held by Abhishek Kapoor for ‘Kai Po Che’ while ‘Tum Hi Ho’ from ‘Aashiqui 2’ deservingly received the Popular Song of the Year Title.

Priyanka-Chopra-Ranveer-Singh-Ndeleka- Mandela-SAIFTA Award Ceremony
Ranveer Singh and Ndeleka- Mandela presenting Best Actor Female Trophy to Priyanka Chopra

John Abraham won the Youth Icon of the year, South Africa. Special Madiba Award was given to Mr. Nelson Mandela which was received by his grand daughter Ndileka Mandela.

It was a memorable cross-cultural award ceremony coupled with various knowledge sharing and talent initiatives called SAIFTA (South Africa India Film and Television Awards) 2013’s debut at South Africa. The red carpet set the tone for things to come, with Bollywood heartthrobs Ranveer Singh and Sidharth Malhotra walking down looking dapper in their suits, while the sizzling Amy Fernandes strutted down in her beautiful gown. Mr. Sadha Naidoo, Board Chairperson, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and Ms. Neliswe Dlamini, Project Manager DEDT were seen interacting with Mukesh Bhatt and Waheeda Rehman and Abhay Deol.

Telly stars from Indian shores Manish Paul who makes his film debut soon walked in with his co-star Elli Avram, Mona Singh, Apurva and Shilpa Agnihotri, Ravi Dubey, Sargun Mehta and more were joined by their contemporaries from the Rainbow nation. It was this rubbing of shoulders and the exchange of ideas that gave SAIFTA its successful vibe right away.

The motley crew of over 150 film and TV personalities from India, 30 top South African film/TV personalities and the 7,000-strong live audience at Durban took their seats and perhaps never moved till the end of the ceremony. The exhilarating performances were kick started by Sidharth Malhotra who set the stage on fire with his moves. Audience also witnessed the outstanding energy of Priyanka Chopra. Madhuri Dixit charmed a new continent over with her scintillating dance moves. Not to forget, holding the evening together in his inimitable wit was film maker Karan Johar, accompanied by beautiful Dia Mirza, the gorgeous Tatum Keshwar and the charming Simba. Designer Alpa Reena’s couture was featured at the special fashion show.

On the television front, the popular soap Pavitra Rishta of Zee TV picked up the Show of the Year award, the dashing Gurmeet Choudhary was adjudged Lead Actor of the Year while Kratika Sengar of Punar Vivaah was elated to be the Lead Actor – Female.

It was the awards to the top South African film and TV personalities that opened a never-seen-before dimension for the Indian fraternity. And it was intriguing for many to glimpse into the South African television industry as ‘7De Laan’ was cheered to win the TV Show of the Year, followed by TV Actor of the Year Honours which went to Robert Whitehead for ‘Isidingo’ and Baby Cele Zabalaza.

Envisioned as a signature event that would forge a new relationship between the Kwa-Zulu Natal province and India, the SAIFTA’s brought in all the right energies in their debut edition. The presence of dignitaries such as Leleti Khumalo, Welcome Msomi, Saira Essa, Haroun Hansrot, Caroine Smart, Sorisha and Vivian Naidoo among many others only meant that this platform for cross-cultural exchange is poised for a vibrant future.

In a calendar with many award ceremonies, SAIFTA is set to carve its niche thanks to the rich cultural platform it comes from. Going by its rollicking beginning, it has already reached close to realising this objective.

Hard-working and perseverant band of talented people of team SAIFTA needs a special mention which inducleds creative show director Kedhar Gawde, creative director Ritika Bajaj, event and brand consultants Work That Works, choreographer for 100 dancers for India and Durban Geeta Kapoor, costumes designer Manish Malhotra, set designer Magic Oxide, script writer Sabina Gulati.

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