Bollywood-Nollywood Movie, ‘Namaste Wahala’ to Hit Theaters on Valentine’s Day

To all movie lovers, if you have not heard, brace up for what is coming this year’s Valentine’s Day- a collaboration between Bollywood and Nollywood.

Yes, that’s right. Indian-born Nigerian movie producer, Hamisha Daryani Ahuja has given Nigerians what they have been looking for, in the brand new Namaste Wahala, set to hit the theatres on 14th February.

Hamisha Daryani Ahuja in the director’s seat.

The much anticipated romantic comedy can be streamed live on Netflix, when it is released on Sunday.

“I wanted to do something that will be more relatable so it is a full-on Nollywood movie, but I brought in some Indian actors to make it a little bit more fun,” Daryani Ahuja, who directed, executive, produced and acted 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 a very cheesy, mushy romantic drama.” Born of Indian parents, Daryani Ahuja has lived most of her life in Nigeria.

The lead characters with Hamisha Daryani Ahuja.

Namaste Wahala, the movie’s title, which translates to ‘hello trouble,’ is about an Indian banker working in Nigeria, who meets and falls in love with a Nigerian woman.

Trouble kicks in when their parents fail to blend due to the cultural differences.

“I have lived in an Indian house, I know the Nigerian culture, the pidgin, the food and it is so interesting how even though everybody thinks with ‘Namaste Wahala’ the cultures are different, we are actually so similar,” she said.

The movie poster.

“We are actually all one, and that’s the whole theme of the movie.”

“It is very important to make films like this when you show cross-cultural love stories, because in every country … people just separate each other as far as religion is concerned,” Mumtaz said. “Especially in India, you can’t marry somebody if they are from a different religion or from a different caste.”

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