LAGOS (Reuters) – Indian-Nigerian restaurant owner Hamisha Daryani Ahuja gave up her long-running company to pursue her imagine making motion pictures.
2 years later on, the 36-year-old will see her first feature movie, the cross-cultural romance “Namaste Wahala”, launching on Valentines Day on Netflix.
The film, whose title translates in Hindi and Nigerian pidgin as Hello problem, tells the tale of a Nigerian lady who falls for an Indian investment lender living in Lagos. The young couple face a series of challenges – including their families – to be together.
” I wished to do something that will be more relatable so it is a full-on Nollywood motion picture, but I generated some Indian stars to make it a little bit more enjoyable,” Daryani Ahuja, who directed, executive acted and produced in the movie, told Reuters.
” What I tried to do is the 90s style Bollywood … the singing and dancing around trees. We have all of that. It is an extremely tacky, mushy romantic drama.”
Born of Indian parents, Daryani Ahuja has actually lived the majority of her life in Nigeria.
” I have resided in an Indian home, I know the Nigerian culture, the pidgin, the food and it is so intriguing how although everyone thinks with Namaste Wahala the cultures are different, we are really so similar,” she stated.
” We are actually all one, whichs the entire theme of the motion picture.”
The 110-minute film stars Indian star Ruslaan Mumtaz and Nigerian actress Ini Dima-Okojie in the lead roles.
” It is extremely crucial to make films like this when you reveal cross-cultural romance, because in every country … people just different each other as far as faith is concerned,” Mumtaz stated. “Especially in India, you cant wed somebody if they are from a various religion or from a different caste.”
Generally shot in English, the film had a production group of more than 60 individuals throughout India and Nigeria. Production was finished prior to lockdowns made making films challenging; the original release date was April.
” The thing I enjoy one of the most are the underlying messages which is the beauty in embracing your resemblances, the charm in accepting love even if you are from various backgrounds,” Dima-Okojie stated.
Putting out numerous motion pictures and television episodes a month, Nollywood is the worlds 2nd most prolific film market after Indias Bollywood.
Nigeria has a growing base of Bollywood fans, who see its sitcoms subtitled in English, and “Namaste Wahala” is creating a buzz online.
Daryani Ahuja says she hopes to make a follow up in the coming months.
Reporting by Nneka Chile; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian Editing by Mike Collett-White