'Namaste Wahala' Is the Nollywood Meets Bollywood Crossover We've All Been Waiting For
The Nigerian-Indian wedding romcom of our dreams is coming our way this April!
It's no secret that Nigerians and Indians have one major thing in common: over the top weddings. The two cultures are basically neck-in-neck when it comes to beautiful, extravagant (emphasis on the 'extra') weddings, which is why many of us have often fantasized about attending a joint Nigerian-Indian wedding. The good news is that an upcoming romantic comedy, starring some of Nollywood and Bollywood's best, is here to indulge us.
Namaste Wahala is the film debut of Indian businesswoman turned filmmaker Hamisha Daryani Ahuja. She released the first poster for the movie on Tuesday, showing a young couple in elaborate wedding regalia, and it's been met with humor and excitement from people online.
The film stars Nigerian actor Ini Dima-Okoji and India's Ruslaan Mumtaz in the lead roles. Dima-Okoji took to Instagram to excitedly share the news, writing "Namaste Wahala is a love story that cuts across the cultures of two countries: India & Nigeria. The movie touches various genres: romance, comedy, drama, and is directed by @hamishadaryaniahuja. It was such a pleasure working with these amazing, fun professional cast."
It's not the first time the two film industries have joined forces. The 2017 film J.U.D.E. is credited as being the first Nollywood-Bollywood co-production, according to Shadow & Act. It only makes sense that two of the world's biggest film industries would unite once again, to give us an exciting cross-cultural production.
Though full plot details are yet to emerge, according to the poster, the film is due out on April 24. From what we can tell, it looks like it'll bring all of our Nollywood-Bollywood dreams to life. We'll keep you posted as we learn more.