SA actress becomes 1st black actress to feature in Bollywood series

SA actress becomes 1st black actress to feature in Bollywood series

- 28-year-old Shonisani Masutha from South Africa has become the first black actress to star in a Bollywood series

- Masutha said she was amazed when she got the role and did not expect it

- Masutha will star in a series which is titled Mahek

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Shonisani Masutha, a South African lady from Limpopo, has become the first-ever black actress to star in a Bollywood series.

According to, the young 28-year-old lady auditioned for the series titled Mahek via a Skype interview.

The super-excited lady told reporters of her experience in an interview and shared what she had learned from it.

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According to Masutha, she did not really expect to win any role in a Bollywood series as it is something that had never happened before.

Bollywood series and movies which are commonly called 'Indian', are never seen with any black cast members. To be the first to ever win such a role was a big break for Masutha.

In her own words, the 28-year-old lady said:

“I just didn't think they were looking for me. I also didn't think I was good enough to go act in Bollywood as I hadn't booked an acting job in about seven months and my confidence was shaky again. But my agent insisted that I go and try, and so I did".

The beautiful young lady also recounted how nervous she was during the interview experience and how she was able to toughen herself through it.

"I was auditioning for Zeeworld in the room and for the production company in India via Skype at the same time, it was nerve-racking but as an actress, you take those nerves and use them as fuel to keep you going and I just went for it," she said.

In the Bollywood series, Mahek, Shonisani Masutha, plays the role of a lady from an African family who moves to India in search of greener pastures.

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While trying to find her feet, the lady gets entangled in various love relationships and has to deal with all sorts of uncertainties.

Shonisani Masutha mentioned what life has taught her with the entire experience.

"This experience has taught me that life starts at the end of your comfort zone and you never knows what coming so you have to stay ready," she said.

Black women have been in the news lately for awe-inspiring unprecedented achievements.

Not long ago, it was reported that Ashley Roxanne Peterson, 24, has become the first-ever black person in all of history to become an osteopathic doctor.

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Source: Briefly News

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