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INDIAN ENTERTAINMENT EXTRAVAGANZA (article first published : 2002-11-25)

Renowned Durban film director Anant Singh’s Videovision Entertainment, in association with Sahara Television and Sugar Mill Casino, has teamed up with the legend of Indian cinema Amitabh Bachchan to stage the largest live stadium extravaganza ever in the history of Indian entertainment.

The show will feature India’s top film stars, led by Bachchan and will also include Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Rani Mukherjee, Shilpa Shetty and Preity Zinta. It will be compered by popular Indian pop star and upcoming actress Rageshwari. Titled Now Or Never Live - Durban!, the show will take place at 19h00 on December 28 at ABSA Stadium in Durban.

This event marks the first time that so many popular stars will perform together in one show and its magnitude can be compared to three individual shows combined into one mega-show, the likes of which has not been seen anywhere in the world. The main performers will be supported by a 90-strong troupe of artists which include leading playback singers, the popular Viju Shah Orchestra comprising of 18 musicians as well as 25 dancers and six chorus singers.

Videovision Entertainment previously staged the South African leg of Amitabh Bachchan’s World Tour in 1991 which was seen by more than 100,000 people in Durban and Johannesburg. This show was the first ever stadium extravaganza held in South Africa.

Anant Singh commented, “We are thrilled to bring this unparalleled spectacular outdoor event to Durban, our hometown. Bringing together the biggest stars in Indian entertainment could not have been done without the support of Amitabh Bachchan. We are honoured to be collaborating with Amitabh in this world first event which we hope will go on to tour other cities around the world.”

Amitabh Bachchan remarks: “South Africa has always had a special place in my heart and from the moment of my first visit, I have been overwhelmed by its people and the many fans that Indian cinema has in the country, so it was a natural choice to hold the biggest live show featuring India’s film talent in South Africa. Fans can be assured that this will be the best show that they have ever seen as it is without a doubt, the greatest show on earth.”

Tickets R75 (limited to 10 per person), R150, R225, R300 and R450. Bookings open on December 1 at Computicket.

More information from Nilesh Singh on 031 204 6050 or 083 302 4559, e-mail: nilesh@videovision.co.za or visit www.nowornever.co.za




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