AS Durban actor Thiru Naidoo recently flew off to Australia to further his career, he signed off with one of his last projects in the country, The Kings of Mulberry Street, a film set to release in June.
“The first thought that came to my mind when I read the script for this film, was that it was long overdue. This is a story that needed to be told. It is something that South African audiences would not have seen before,” he said.
Thiru says while his career abroad will focus on production, he leaves the country half-heartedly at a time, which he believes, when Indian identities will rise in film.
“In a way I feel like I am missing out because finally, SA Indian cinema is coming to the forefront with people like Judy Naidoo (The Kings of Mulberry Street), Bianca Isaac (3 Days To Go) and Eubulus Timothy (Deep End), and there is so much more that is in the pipeline, and unfortunately, I have to leave at this point.
“But this move in SA Indian cinema is what we have been waiting for. I remember when I left film school 10 years ago, I said watch out for Durban because Durban is going to be the film hub of SA.