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BOMBAY CRUSH (article first published : 2005-11-11)

Durban is abuzz with tales of Bombay Crush, the new major musical set to open in the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom on November 29.

The show is produced by Sibaya in association with Anant Singh and Videovision Entertainment and features a cast of South African actors/dancers as well as two international performers.

The cast has been finalised and rehearsals are well underway according to director Junaid Ahmed. “The process has been an incredibly pacey one, which has required us to work quickly and cleverly. We are really delighted with the cast who are gelling amazingly – making close friendships and working fantastically well together – and that helps so much in the process of creating a production.”

Junaid Ahmed and choreographer Jay Pather went to India in October to finalise costumes and gather the latest Bollywood inspirations. They also went to audition a number of potential lead actors. “We were introduced to Gaurav Chopra who auditioned for us in Mumbai and we were convinced he was the right choice immediately,” says Jay Pather “While not as yet a big screen star, he is extremely experienced, and is a star of Indian television. He is easily recognisable for his many television roles including a number of series on Zee and Sony. He comes with the right look and talent to add an international flavour to the musical.”

Chopra will play opposite Durban’s beautiful Kajal Bagwandeen, whose last role in Chalo Cinema at the Playhouse was received with critical acclaim.

The cast includes a host of local talent including the dashing Mr India South Africa, Waseem Shaikh (from Durban) who plays Bhagwandeen’s friend in the production, while the inimitable Vaibhav Joshi from India and a favourite with Durban dance audiences plays her father. Much-loved performer Rajiv Mothie from Chatsworth plays Chopra’s friend and the internationally-acclaimed Qawalli singer, Fawzia-Banu Kadoo from Pietermaritzburg, plays the grandmother.

Others in the cast include talented dancer and teacher Shiksha Singh as well as well-known Durban favourites Ebrahim Medell, Siyanda Duma, Quinton Ribbonaar and Louise Fraquet-Golding. Also in the cast are Durban performers Evashnee Pillay, Bhavnesh Narotam, Latasha Subbban, Natasha Tait and Aakashna Deokumar. Out of town cast members are Stefan Carstens from Johannesburg, Kandice Maphali from Pretoria and Lizette Langeveld, Jeremy September and Jacqui du Toit from Cape Town.

Bombay Crush runs from November 29 with performances from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 19h30 (Sundays at 115h00). Booking is at Computicket or call 031 580 5555 for credit card bookings.




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