with Executive Producer, Sudhir Pragjee and actors Terry Pheto (Mandela’s first wife, Evelyn) and
Atandwa Kani (the young Mandela) representing the film. Making a star turn at the event was Bollywood
great, Amitabh Bachchan who was the guest of honour. A host of other Bollywood personalities
including actors, producers and directors who were eager to see the much anticipated film were also
present. The audience reaction was unanimously positive.
campaign, shared the stage with Terry Pheto, Atandwa Kani and Sudhir Pragjee and interacted with
media sharing his experiences in South Africa and his meetings with Nelson Mandela.
launch of this film in our country. Privileged and honoured because of the man who has been
encapsulated in the film. His contribution to the world, to the universe, to society at large and to all
people who believed in equality and dignity and those are the things that impressed me the most. I have
a long history with South Africa and a very pleasant one indeed with not only the people of South Africa,
but indeed Mr. Nelson Mandela himself.”
strong association for over 25 years with Sudhir Pragjee and my dear friend Anant Singh who produced
this film. Anant, Sudhir and myself had the very first concert from the Indian Film Industry in South Africa,
way back in 1991 when the country was still reeling under the pressures of apartheid and we were the
first Indian group that was allowed to perform there, and this was possible primarily due to the efforts
made by Mr. Nelson Mandela, and it was he and his party, the African National Congress who gave us
the permission to perform there. Since then I had the very big honour of meeting Mr. Mandela on two
separate occasions and those memories are with me always.
is really special for us as India always supported our liberation movement. It is also significant as India
was one of the first countries Madiba visited after his release from prison. We are also delighted to
have had our long time friend, Amitabh Bachchan to share this occasion with us.”
early 1970s as the "angry young man" of Hindi cinema, and has since appeared in over 180 Indian
ilms in a career spanning more than four decades. Bachchan is widely regarded as one of the greatest
and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. He was voted “Star of Stage and Screen of
the Millennium” in a BBC online poll in 1999. Bachchan made his Hollywood debut in 2013 with The
Great Gatsby, in which he played Meyer Wolfsheim.