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Waheeda Rehman visits Mahatma Gandhi's Phoenix Settlement

  | September 07, 2013 14:45 IST (Durban)
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Waheeda Rehman was in South Africa to attend the SAIFTA Awards.

Visiting Phoenix Settlement, the first ashram established by Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa in 1904, was an emotional moment for legendary actress Waheeda Rehman, who had never thought that she will get to see the place.

Visiting Phoenix Settlement, the first ashram established by Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa in 1904, was an emotional moment for legendary actress Waheeda Rehman, who had never thought that she will get to see the place.
The Phoenix Settlement is situated on the north-western edge of Inanda, over 20 km from Durban.
The Guide fame actress, who has travelled the world, is on her maiden visit to South Africa and she was determined to see the first ashram of Mahatma Gandhi.
"This is my first visit to South Africa," the 77-year-old actress, looking as graceful as ever in a salwar kameez, said.
"I'm feeling happy and emotional. I never thought I would come here and see the place (Phoenix Settlement). They (the organisers) asked me, 'Do you really want to go because in the evening there's a show?' And I said the show is in the evening. And when will I get the opportunity to come and visit the place, so I am here," she added.
The prolific actress, known for her work in films like Bees Sal Baad, Neel Kamal and Khamoshi, was here to attend the first edition of the South Africa India Film and Television Awards (SAIFTA).
SAIFTA is being organised with a focus on enhancing exchange of cultural elements of the Indian and South African entertainment industry.
The actress was on the judging panel of the awards.
On Durban city, she said: "They have two beautiful things - the people are beautiful and so is the city."

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