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Aijampur Ghanashya Nollywood, Bollywood collaboration will boost bilateral relations

"There are many interesting stories in both countries and if Nollywood and Bollywood can effectively work together, we will become the international story,’’ he said.

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Nollywood, Bollywood collaboration will boost bilateral relations - Indian High Commissioner

(Bella Naija)

Aijampur Ghanashya, outgoing Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, on Friday said collaboration between Nollywood and India’s Bollywood would boost economic and bilateral relations between the two countries.

Ghanashya said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

"Promoting Indian-Nigerian movies will build bridges between the two countries and contribute immensely to their economy.

"There are many interesting stories in both countries and if Nollywood and Bollywood can effectively work together, we will become the international story,’’ he said.

He said that some Bollywood actors and producers were already in the country to try to make Indian-Nigerian movies.
According to the High Commissioner, Nigeria and India have long-standing cultural and economic ties that need to be sustained and promoted in addition to the motion- picture.

"We have a history of very cordial business relationship and we understand ourselves so well.

"Besides, there are Nigerians who have stayed in India and are married to Indians; there are also Indians who have stayed so long here and are married to Nigerians.

"There are many aspects that we can build our stories on together that will be interesting to the whole world,’’ Ghanashya said.

The Indian High Commissioner called on investors and relevant stakeholders in the entertainment industry from both countries to explore the numerous opportunities that abound in both countries.

Ghanashya said that that there were about 5,914 Nigerian students currently studying in different schools in India.

NAN reports that India’s Bollywood and the Nigeria’s Nollywood are the first and second largest film industries in the world respectively.

However, Nollywood’s collaboration in film making, in recent times, has been with the American Hollywood.

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