Indian-Nigerian film set for April launch
Indian-Nigerian movie Namaste Wahala is set to premiere in cinemas across Nigeria on April 24.
The Bollywood/Nollywood collaboration was filmed entirely in Lagos. It was produced by Indian-born businesswoman-turned-filmmaker Hamisha Daryani Ahuja, who has lived in Nigeria since she was a child.
Namaste Wahala loosely translates to ‘Hello Trouble.’ It was mostly filmed in English, with a mix of Hindi and Nigeria’s pidgin language.
The plot follows a Nigerian-Indian couple whose plan to spend forever together is threatened by their cultural differences.
The film’s cast features stars from both countries, including veteran Nollywood actor Joke Silva plus Richard Mofe Damijo, Ini-Dima Okojie, Ruslaan Mumtaz, MI Abaga, Broda Shaggi, Segal Sujata, Adaora Lumina, Ibrahim Suleiman and Big Brother Naija’s Frodd.
Ahuja said her experience living in Africa’s most populous country inspired her to make her debut film. “I am Indian but I have lived in Nigeria my whole life. Everyone loves Bollywood and Nollywood, so I thought, ‘How is it that no one has done a love story between the two?’ she added.
“The story has been in my head for a long time but I wanted it to be completely accurate. I wanted both cultures to be portrayed the same, that no culture was above the other. It features classic Bollywood dancing and singing scenes to keep it as authentic as possible.”
Ahuja added: “We have so much talent in Nollywood. What I think with these international collaborations is that we will be able to showcase all these amazing works internationally.”
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