Big names in film industry feted at Kalasha Awards
Defying the heavy downpour witnessed in Nairobi city on Saturday night, the crème de la crème in the film and entertainment industry graced the Kalasha International Awards held at Safari Park Hotel where this year’s winners were honoured.
It was a challenging night for the organisers with the rains disrupting the open ground red-carpet show that was bravely moved to the magnificently lit big main dome where prominent guests and industry players were treated to a warm welcome. Dressed by celebrated Kenyan fashion designers with a touch of glam and class, the nominees strutted their way to the VIP slots with anxiety growing by the minute as the hour of truth drew close.
And as it would be, some of the big names in the film industry stole the show, both on the red-carpet and on the podium as the big wins went to them. It was a celebratory night for Pascal Tokodi, the lead actor in popular TV drama show Selina as he scooped the Lead Actor in a TV Drama show accolade to an ecstatic cheer from the crowd. Pascal excelled in a competitive group that also featured Joe Kinyua (Njoro wa Uba), Leon Ongaya (Pete), Benjamin Onyango (The Wives) and Maqbul Mohamed (Varshila).
It was a glorious night for celebrated actress Nice Githinji who won the Best Lead Actress in a TV Film award beating Brenda Wairimu (Monica), Celestine Gachuhi (Selina), Sahara Mohamed (Pete), and Maryanne (The Wives). The award was present by actor George Kagwa and the Nairobi Women Representative Esther Passaris who was also part of the dignified guest.
Sarah Hassan was accorded the coveted Best Actress in a Film award for her main role in Plan B. Gorgeously dressed, the adorable Sarah strutted her way to the podium where she was awarded the magnificent gong that comes with a 42 inch TV and Star Times decoder. George Mo won the Best Lead Actor in a Film award for his lead role in Lost in Time. The film also had its director Peter Kawa taking home the Best Director award.
“As I join you here for the 2019 edition of the Kalasha Film and TV Awards, I am amazed by the glamour I see here tonight, obviously an improvement of last year. With much gratitude, I take this opportunity to recognize the organisers and the sponsors for supporting this event,” said the ICT and Innovation Principle Secretary Jerome Ochieng.
“I commend the Commission for keeping up with the elaborate process of the awards and the integrity behind it. Kalasha is a perfect example of how awards systems impact careers and business opportunities towards ensuring the success of films in both the local and global arena,” he noted.
Also present was the Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua, the Kenya Film Commission CEO Timothy Owase, the former Kenya Film Commission CEO Chris Foot among other dignitaries.
Photos: Elvis Ogina