GOLLYWOOD: Ghana sells film industry to India

Gollywood
Film industry now Gollywood

The Ghana Film Industry has been sold to Indian Filmmakers and this influenced the unprecedented re-branding to change its name to Gollywood, a source told Asembi.com.

Gollywood
Film industry now Gollywood

According to the source, Gollywood is an existing film industry in the Indian state of Gujarat and their decision to take over the Ghana Film Industry is as result of the influx of Indian telenovelas in the country.

Checks by Asembi.com confirmed that, Gollywood, also known as Dhollywood, has been the official name of the Gujarat Cinema since 1932.

In 2013, Gollywood released Meghdhanushya – The Colour of Life that focused on the LGBT Community. Meghdhanushya – The Colour of Life positively featured the gay community in indian Gujarat Cinema.

This development comes after the second lady Samira Bawumia’s visit to India to meet with the cast and some players in the Indian movie industry for a future collaboration between Ghana’s movie industry and Bollywood in order to whip up interest in Ghanaian movies.

Was Samira making negotiations?
Was Samira making negotiations?

MOU was signed between Ghana and the India film industry in India, to help build the Ghana film industry.

Further checks by Asembi.com revealed that Bollywood inspired the nickname Gollywood for the Gujarati film industry due to its profuse use of the dhol, a double-headed drum.

Ghana is expected to see more premieres of Indian movies in the country in the coming few weeks.

Background
After many years of debating on how to call Ghana’s film industry, the name Gollywood chosen by stakeholders.

The stakeholders comprising filmmakers from top echelons of the various sects of the movie sector launched the name at the Ghana 60 Years on Film Summit which was held on July 12, 2018 at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The movie makers after months of deliberations arrived at the name Gollywood for the movie industry.

Present at the programme were President of Ghana Actors Guild, Samuel Fiscian and the South African High Commission to Ghana, H.E Lulu Xingwana, among others.

Also present film producers Socrate Sarfo (Movie Africa), Abdul Salam Mumuni (Venus Films), Paul Adjei (Paul Gee) and actors like Fiifi Coleman, Nadia Buari, Jackie Appiah and Naana Hayford.

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