Bollywood comes to Namibia

26 Jan 2014 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JAN (NAMPA) - As part of the Namibia/India Cultural Exchange programme for 2014, the governments of Namibia and India, in collaboration with the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN), will host an Indian film festival here from month-end.
The film festival under the title: “Bollywood comes to Namibia” will kick-off on 31 January until 07 February 2014 at the Roman Catholic Church Hall, with the exception of 04 February 2014 when there will be no screening.
The festival will feature eight very popular Bollywood movies by well-known Bollywood film directors such as Aamir Khan, Subhas Ghai, Sooraj Barjatya and Rajkumar Hirani.
The films include comedy, drama, family drama, romantic family drama, science fiction (Sci-fi) and romance.
Speaking at the media launch of the film festival in the capital on Thursday, the Deputy High Commissioner of India to Namibia, Pieyush Gupta said that although there are several cooperation projects in Namibia in which India is actively involved such as those of human resource development and capacity building for Vision 2030, the area of culture has not received much attention and therefore need strengthening.
He noted that Namibia and India have been cooperating at both bilateral and multilateral levels, and the festival is the first of the cultural exchange programmes between the two countries for this year.
“We may expect more such exchanges in future,” he announced.
The name Bollywood is a mixture of the names Bombay (original name of Mumbai city in India) and Hollywood.
According to Gupta, the Indian film Industry is the largest film industry in the world, saying that Bollywood alone produces 800 to 1 000 films a year, which are seen all over the world.
“Presently, Bollywood has a worldwide audience of over three billion, and in terms of viewership, it overtook Hollywood in 2004 and has been leading ever since,” he said.
Bollywood was born in 1899 with the production of a short film 11 years before Hollywood's birth in 1900.
He said the movies will be send to the other parts of Namibia, depending on the numbers of viewers who will attend the upcoming film festival.
Entrance to see the movies is free.