Bollywood and Nollywood, giants in the global film industry, are joining together to bring filmgoers Namaste Wahala.
The film, directed by Hamisha Daryani Ahuja, stars Ruslaan Mumtaz and Ini Dima-Okojie as an Indian man and Nigerian woman who desire to marry but come up against the strong opposition of both families.
Get ready to fall in love as Bollywood meets Nollywood in #NamasteWahala by @hamishadaryaniahuja. Namaste Wahala is a love story that centers around an Indian Man @ruslaanmumtaz and a Nigerian woman @inidinmaokojie who fall in love despite the difference in their cultural pic.twitter.com/JTo4DqKS3y
— EVRIT FILMS (@evritfilms) February 25, 2020
While the trailer seems to show the serious side of the film, Ahuja told CNN in an interview that the film is a “fun comedy, a lot of laughs with a few tears.”
“I am an Indian but I have lived in Nigeria my whole life,” she said. “Everyone loves Bollywood and Nollywood, so I thought ‘How is it that no one has done a love story between the two?'”
“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,” she continued.
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Presenting Namaste Wahala. A story with a lot of laughter and a few tears about love and family. This project is very close to my heart as it’s my first movie and it’s also the first movie ever that brings together Nollywood and Bollywood. I am grateful to all the extraordinary cast and crew that helped me make this project a reality. Releasing April 24, 2020!!! #namastewahala #director #directorsdiaries #comingsoon #incinemaapril #westafrica @mofedamijo @ajokesilva @saileshahuja @thegoodlifeliving @mi_abaga @brodashaggi @filmoneng @inidimaokojie @ruslaanmumtaz @segalsujata @adaora.lumina @ibrahimsuleimanofficial @callme_frodd @imoheboh @officialosas @aneeicha @officiallyk10 @mexemania @blackcoffeeandsmoke @tiencepay @adella_makeup @props_store_rental @maybaykar @rahilraja13 @yolandaokereke @cindyokafor_ @ediboy_kuf @mrphisha @djsuketu @precisionmadamfixit @femi_swayy @ndu_vera @uche_favoured @barnyee @wale_astro @doubletapevents @orchestrasound @piusfatoke @tolulopeoludapo @mrphisha @bj_picture @donl37 @tees_hairmpire @writersinkconcepts
The film is expected to open on April 24.
Photo: Hamisha Daryani Ahuja
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