It took Hanuman Media’s Saba Moor-Doucette and Sunil Sadarangani, whose prime aim was to bring two cinematic worlds, Hollywood and Bollywood, on a single platform, to organize a fusion charity event which was attended by several prevalent members from both industries. Titled “The Bollywood/Hollywood Fusion Red Carpet Charity”, the fundraiser began with a Red Carpet parade which saw Bollywood star and Guest of Honor, Gulshan Grover grace the event along with Ken Davitian (Borat and Get Smart), Director Bill Duke (Sister Act 2 and actor to Henry’s Crime), Jeff Doucette (star of Hisss, Desperate Housewives), Krista Vernoff (Executive Producer and Head Writer, Greys Anatomy), Gary Conrad (Creative Director at Nickelodeon), Rahul Walia (CEO Touchdown Media and Sony TV, India consultant), Tom Tangen (Actor and Producer), Stev Elam (Telly Award winning Director), Shawn Parikh(Actor, Outsourced and Bollywood To Hollywood) and Saba Moor-Doucette writer/producer/director of Bollywood To Hollywood, just to name a few.
The night proved to one that was filled with Bollywood fever as the 200 plus guests were treated to a number of performances including a first ever Bollywood Dance Costume Runway Show created by Rakesh Patel of Bollywood Dance Costumes which was directed by renowned choreographer Jonathan-JB and with couture by Roshena Chadha Designs. The runway show also saw Bollywood To Hollywood’s Star Sunil Sadarangani make his debut on the runway as he danced and modeled in true Bollywood style. In addition, a number of solo performances wowed audiences and were presented by Boogie Woogie champion Sagar Patel, prominent dancer and choreographer Jaya Vaswani. And that wasn’t all. In efforts to thoroughly entertain their guests, Hanuman Media showcased clips from their popular web-series Bollywood TO Hollywood. Paulie Rojas, who will soon be seen in upcoming film The Witches of Oz, played Master of Ceremony to the show while DJ Anokha kept guests dancing with his fusion style music.
To ensure that both charities, Special Spirit and Blue Star of Hope, gained the maximum from the event, a Silent Auction and Raffle was organized. Generous sports celebrities donated various items, Diamond Jewelry from Eternity Diamonds, designer clothes, vacation cruises, gift certificates and various other gifts were contributed to the Silent Auction and Raffle along with gift bags from Showbiz Software filled with goodies plus copies of India West and Bollywood To Hollywood t-shirts sponsored by Niiice Gear. The sponsors which ranged from leading Indian restaurant Jay Bharat Restaurant to jewelers Eighternity Jewelry, who also graciously gifted an exclusively designed diamond ring.
Gulshan Grover was heard saying to the media and guests, “I made it a point to attend Sunil and Saba’s charity event although I just arrived in L.A. 2 hours ago. It is great to see the growing popularity of Bollywood in Hollywood. I support all the work that Hanuman Media is doing to make this happen here in Los Angeles.”
The event can easily be deemed a smash hit with guests gushing about the performances and Hanuman Media as they left along with the both charities benefitting fully.