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South Africans jubilant over 'Tsotsi'

Produced by Indian-origin filmmaker, the Oscar success of 'Tsotsi' delighted South Africans.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 12:44 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

South Africans rejoiced at the Oscar bagged by its entry "Tsotsi", produced by a well-known South African Indian filmmaker, in the foreign films category.

Indian-origin filmmaker Anant Singh congratulated the team for bringing the Oscar to South Africa.

"It is fantastic that after many years of isolation, South Africa has had Oscar nominations in consecutive years with 'Tsotsi' this year and 'Yesterday' (which Singh also produced) last year. This sends out a clear message to the world that the South African film industry has come of age. "

Parties were the order of the day throughout Monday, with clubs, restaurants, and private groups hosting special celebratory parties for the first-ever Oscar for a South African film.

Radio station 702 hosted a two-hour public party with a live broadcast during which it broadcast interviews with the crew and cast of the film.

"'Tsotsi' has made all South Africans proud by scooping the Oscar for best foreign language film at the Academy Awards Ceremony," said the city manager of Johannesburg, Pascal Moloi.

The movie, directed by Gavin Hood, was shot in and around Johannesburg, mainly in the sprawling township of Soweto and downtown, giving the city an opportunity to be seen on the international stage.

"This is an excellent portrayal of life in Johannesburg, highlighting the hustle and bustle of daily activities in a big city," Moloi said.

The majority of cast and crew-members of "Tsotsi" are based in Johannesburg.

"They have again demonstrated the creative spirit that is prevalent within our city and the fact that South Africa is a country alive with talent and possibilities.

Pascal was confident that the success of "Tsotsi" would lure filmmakers to "a prime location for filmmaking".

This is the second year in a row that South Africans are celebrating an Oscar award.

Last year, Charlize Theron received tumultuous welcomes all over the country when the actress, who was born in Benoni, north of here, received the first ever Oscar for the country when she won the best actress award.

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 11:24 IST