Bollywood and Nollywood in a big Indian-Nigerian Movie

Actors on the set of new Nollywood and Bollywood collaboration 'Namaste Wahala'

Lagos, Nigeria(CNN)Two of the world’s biggest movie industries, Bollywood and Nollywood have joined forces to produce a new movie about an inter-cultural love story.

Titled ‘Namaste Wahala’ it is directed by businesswoman-turned-filmmaker, Hamisha Daryani Ahuja, who weaves a tale across two diverse and rich cultures — India and Nigeria

‘Namaste Wahala’ loosely translates to ‘Hello trouble’ and it is filmed mostly in English with a mix of Hindi and Nigeria’s pidgin language.

Ahuja has lived in Nigeria since she was a child and says her experience living in Africa’s most populous country inspired her to make her debut film. Hamisha Daryani Ahuja created the movie from her experience living in Nigeria and IndiaHamisha Daryani Ahuja created the movie from her experience living in Nigeria and India

“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 told CNN.

Hamisha Daryani Ahuja

Now in her 30s, Ahuja says she decided to fuse her experiences from both cultures to create a love story that people can relate to.

The movie will be released in April and features top movie stars from both countries including veteran Nollywood actress Joke Silva, Richard Mofe Damijo and Segal Sujata, Ini-Dima Okojie and Ruslaan Mumtaz.


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