Bhai’s Cafe – A South African Bollywood Romance coming to theaters this Valentine’s Day
Crown The Brown: A South African Bollywood Romance film Bhai’s Cafe to be released on Valentines Day! February is certainly the month of love and what better way to celebrate than watching a great love story on the big screen! Bhai’s Cafe – a 99 minute film filled with drama, romance and good humour. It is produced by Razia Rawoot and Maynard Kraak, who also serves as director.
After successful festival showcases at the Durban International Film Festival as well as the recent Joburg Film Festival last year. The South Africa-meets-Bollywood film, Bhai’s Café, is set to release in select national movie theaters nationwide on Valentine’s Day in 2020.
The Mother City welcomes a Bollywood romance
This exciting Bollywood romance filmed in Cape Town, the Mother City! It is not very often when you find a Bollywood Romance shot in the heart of Cape Town. Bhai’s Cafe focuses on “family, urban gentrification and romance with a Bollywood touch”.
Above all, the film’s trailer has already raked up over 23 000 page views on the Nu Metro Facebook page in 1 week. More than any upcoming film release in South Africa over the next six weeks. It is certainly proving to be a much-anticipated local film that caters to all sectors of the South Africa film audience.
The Scoop on Bhai’s Cafe
Bollywood comes to Wynberg, in Bhai’s Cafe. This cornerstone of the community comes under threat from a ruthless property developer. Also at the same time Bhai’s daughter swept off her feet by the property magnate’s son in true Bollywood fashion. Setting up a battle of epic comic proportions as Bhai rallies the community to save the Cafe, the neighbourhood and a blossoming love affair.
Actor and comedian Siv Ngesi plays the lead role of male love interest Patrick. His character is incidentally a fan of Bollywood movies and music. He participates in multiple dance sequences and even sings in Hindi. What a combination right? We cannot wait to see Siv pop out those dance moves and serenade us!
Actress Suraya Rose Santos, a rising star on the international modelling and acting scene, delivers as the love-struck Rashmi while Mehboob Bawa (a 30-year veteran of film, television and radio) and Rehane Abrahams (currently in the Kyknet&Kie telenovela Arendsvlei) play Rashmi’s parents. Key cast members in the film are: Thabo Bopape, Khalil Kathrada, Rameez Nordien, Fahruq Valley-Omar, Carishma Basday, Elodie Venece and Stavros Cassapis.
The Dream Team
The screenplay written by Darron Meyer and Aaron Naidoo. Based on a story by Rawoot and her husband, Executive Producer and actor, Bawa, for whom this film is a labour of love. It is the result of years of hard work, passion and sacrifice by the dedicated duo.
“It was an honour to accept Mehboob and Razia’s invitation to direct this film,” says Director Maynard Kraak. Whose films include Vrou Soek Boer, Finders Keepers and The Last Victims, which recently won the Best International Film award at the Uganda Film Festival. “Also a personal challenge to do a film with dance and singing, something I’d never done in my twenty-year career.”
Audiences who have attended the various festival screenings. In Durban, Joburg, Knysna and at the Silwerskermfees in Cape Town have been unanimous in their response to the film. Everyone has resonated with the core themes and left the cinema with a huge smile on their face.
We love the inclusion in this film. So often we see carious interracial relationships but this really does showcase real diversity in South Africa. Bhai’s Cafe is surely one film that will unite communities with one amazing love story. We love how the movie incorporated pure Bollywood characteristics such as dance numbers and choreography. The use of local Indian dancers makes us so proud. This is truly a South African Bollywood romance worth watching and we cannot wait to watch it! Be sure to follow their social media platforms @bhaiscafefilm.
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