Nigeria has a growing base of Bollywood fans, who view its comedies subtitled in English, and “Namaste Wahala” is producing a buzz online.
Daryani Ahuja says she intends to make a follow up in the coming months.
Born of Indian parents, Daryani Ahuja has lived most of her life in Nigeria.
” I have lived in an Indian home, I know the Nigerian culture, the pidgin, the food and it is so interesting how even though everyone thinks with Namaste Wahala the cultures are various, we are really so similar,” she said.
” We are in fact all one, whichs the entire style of the film.”
The 110-minute movie stars Indian actor Ruslaan Mumtaz and Nigerian actress Ini Dima-Okojie in the lead functions.
Hamisha Daryani Ahuja, executive producer of Namaste Wahala, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Lagos, Nigeria February 11, 2021. REUTERS/Seun SanniTwo years later, the 36-year-old will see her first feature film, the cross-cultural love story “Namaste Wahala”, launching on Valentines Day on Netflix.
The movie, whose title equates in Hindi and Nigerian pidgin as Hello trouble, informs the tale of a Nigerian woman who falls for an Indian financial investment banker living in Lagos. The young couple deal with a series of obstacles – 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, however I brought in some Indian stars to make it a bit more fun,” Daryani Ahuja, who directed, executive produced and acted in the movie, told Reuters.
” What I tried to do is the 90s design Bollywood … the singing and dancing around trees. We have all of that. It is an extremely cheesy, mushy romantic drama.”
LAGOS (Reuters) – Indian-Nigerian restaurant owner Hamisha Daryani Ahuja provided up her long-running organization to pursue her imagine making motion pictures.
” It is really essential to make movies like this when you show cross-cultural romance, due to the fact that in every nation … individuals just separate each other as far as faith is worried,” Mumtaz said. “Especially in India, you cant marry somebody if they are from a different religion or from a different caste.”
Generally shot in English, the film had a production team of more than 60 individuals throughout India and Nigeria. Production was completed prior to lockdowns made making movies hard; the initial release date was April.
” The thing I like one of the most are the underlying messages which is the beauty in welcoming your resemblances, the beauty in welcoming love even if you are from various backgrounds,” Dima-Okojie stated.
Putting out hundreds of films and tv episodes a month, Nollywood is the worlds second most respected movie industry after Indias Bollywood.
Reporting by Nneka Chile; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian Editing by Mike Collett-White