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Can Nollywood And Bollywood Ever Work Together?

It is no more news that Nollywood and Bollywood have given HollyWood a run for thier money, but how will people especially nigerians respond to shows, movies and such projects between Nollywood and Bollywood.

Would we get the response level we get when you mention Hollywood stars?

For example: If Bollywood living legends like Anil Kappor of Slumdog Millionaire,  Dharmendra and Hemamalini were to come to Nigeria on a tour or something like that?

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British Director

Movie India

Storyline India

Cast Indian

Set Indian

What walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, eats like a duck is probably a duck

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Calling Bollywood poo film is a disservice to their effort, knowing that a Bollywood movie won best picture at the Oscars, now we have our DIY movies we call Nollywood, I honestly feel that Nollywood should be more worried that the Ghanaians are extremely crap at acting but their setting put Naija to shame

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I think they could work together as they both make absolutely poo films that are not worth watching.

So why not make poo films together?

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Bollywood’s no. 1 spot threatened by Nigeria’s Nollywood

May 8, 2009 posted by indiatime |

Bollywood, the most prolific producer of cinema in the world, may soon be losing that crown to a place that seems to have quietly surpassed every other cinema-producing country and is now closing in on India’s heels. Unesco’s institute for Statistics has just released a global survey on the state of cinema in the world, and places Nigeria’s Nollywood ahead of Hollywood, but just a few steps behind Bollywood.

According to the survey, here are the top movie producing countries for the year 2006

1. India (1091) who knows

2. Nigeria (872) hahahahahhahhahahahahahahahhahahahaha, bullshit.even if it were so most of them are video diaries rather than films

3. United States (456) a lot more, way more if you want to add all the b and lower quality films produced that would ba amazing by nigerian standards.

4. Japan (417)

5. China (330)

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Dear God i hope not, i am not a big fan of indian films but they have a good quality if Nollywood got involved it would all turn to crp or bollywood.

come on and many nigerians watch the bollywood films even though they dont understand a word just to see a nicer scene rather than the horrible senes in most Nigerian films.

And Many Nigerian films just make no sense whatsoever

my thoughts

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impossible![color=#006600][/color][/size][size=8pt]

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Bollywood’s no. 1 spot threatened by Nigeria’s Nollywood

Come on

Only if the taste and quality of films in India were to go to an all time low point

and a lot of people loose their taste for a god quality movie

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The singing and Dancing only seems silly to you guys cos you don't understand the indian culture. Open your minds people, I have watched a special performance by an indian dancer and singer before, with an open mind, its a beautiful thing.

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"Whats with the silly dances and songs in bollywood films? Sometimes wen i'm getting to enjoying an indian film, the actors and actresses just launch into a dancing and singing fit."

i thought i was the only one who finds the bollywood singing and dancing silly.

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Whats with the silly dances and songs in bollywood films? Sometimes wen i'm getting to enjoying an indian film, the actors and actresses just launch into a dancing and singing fit.

I can picture desmond elliot, omotola, hanks anuku, kanayo, mr ibu e t c - all with one hand on hip, the other above the head, in a single file, dancing and shaking their hips and singing hideos songs.

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In-order for Nollywood and Bollywood to work together, Nollywood needs to get up to their standards.

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Most of those equipments i posted earlier are already in Ghana. some few producers in Ghana own them and lease it out.

Our problem is that we are always in a hurry to get to the top.

All the Alaba and Iweka marketers have become producers and directors over night and 90% of them dont even have any equipment or experience.

Nollywood is an all comers affair and the annoying thing is that they steal peoples scripts and give it to someone else to re write. And by the time they finish rewriting it, the story line is rubbished and the movie becomes an eye sore.

so sad

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Na all of dem worth dat? u no see d question well?

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Well one is worth $63m

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@Samparian

Did u see my last post?

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@samparian

Nice pics of equipment you put on here, i am sure somewhere a nollywood film maker is looking at them and thinking a variety of things. eg.

1. Wow, they made things for that?

2. Nna that thing looks expensive , why don't i continue using my carpenter ladder? Nigerians are so dumb they won't know the difference.

3. That is Hollywood, this is Nollywood.

4. if you like put satellite camera picture for there, Nigerians like our rubbish the way it is.

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Absolutely nothing what so ever.

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Wetin Shilpa Sheti and Stephnora Okereke get in common??

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@Samparian

You are singing my song, where the hell have people like you been? I am involved in this stuff too but i only write and collaborate on stories (not scripts) with a few foreign parties. cos Nigerians feel my stories are not Nigerian enough (maybe just because my stories didn't have cultism, witch doctors or rituals in them). Hope to finish writing the 3 scripts i have been working on for years but they always seem to need fixing every time and when i'm done am going to shoot them when i am able to put together a good team (D.O.P. sound effects engineer, editor,etc.). i hope we can work together one day.

I agree with you but i believe , someone can make a good movie and have it edited on a basic apple or adobe workstation and it will meet international standards without a studio, i am not saying you are wrong about the studio, but i believe that there is too much selfishness, greed, and impatience in nollywood and that's what will destroy any hope for a studio. well except 1 man rich and passionate enough will do it.

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@omar22

true. Foriegn fim makers are looking for cheap sites but the cheap sites MUST have standard equipments. You certainly dont expect them to fly all their equipments to New zealand? Do You know what it'll cost?? They come with some, but definitely need many other stuff to be on location

Do you know that the opening scenes of Mummy 2 were shot in Morocco? Universal studios just flew in Crew members, The Rock and cast local actors as his soldiers. Then brought in their props, and hired some equipments from a Studio in Morocco and took the shots they wanted.

Before we see foriegn investors, we MUST have at least one or two standard Movie studios in Nigeria

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Most foreigners / foreign film-makers are looking for a cheap site to shoot their films, the Americans were not happy with Peter Jackson because he decided to shoot the blockbuster movie Lords of the Ring in newzealand, Wesley Snipe's films are being shot in Eastern Europe, It would be a great Idea if they invest in Nigeria

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I'm not sure we have a single Movie studio in the whole of Nollywood. imagine! and we say we're competing with Bollywood that has Hundreds with standard movie equipments

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I travelled to Hong Kong in 2000 and met with some reputable producers there and discussed what it would cost to shoot some scenes of a movie script i had written.

I had wanted to enter Nollywood with a big Bang.

To shoot just 17 scenes in hong kong would cost me about 1.2million naira then(excluding post production). the total 17 scenes of the movie would take up about 30 mins of the movie.

They gave me the layout and total cost, number of staff to be hired, fees to be paid to government etc. Now, these excluded the cost of flying in a Nigerian actor to play his part there.

I came back to Nigeria and talked to the CEO of Solid Production so we could collaboarate and produce the movie and he would market it.

The guy was scared shitless and said he was better off producing his normal movies even when i volunteered to pay for the Hong Kong shooting and expences of the Nollywood star who would go there.

After trying to involve some other marketers who declined, i also talked to actor Olisaemeka Ugwunze (Rattlesnake), he was excited but couldnt invest. After a while I forgot about Nollywood till 2007 when i was in Nigeria briefly, i was invited to supervise the production of The Kings Crown staring Nonso Diobi, Mercy Johnson, Jackie Appiah, etc.

The point of this my deviation is that our Nollywood producers cannot afford to produce a standard movie because we cant get back our investments based on DVD sales alone.

we are always impatient and want scripts that are written within a week.

A producer once approached me and asked that i give him an epic story within One week, because Igodo was doing so well in the market, every other producer wanted to produce an epic. i told him i couldnt. I currently working on a story and i've not finished it since 2004. And i intend to produce it myself when i'm through.

Just check the Nollywood market(if you're in Naija), you'll see that every producer brings out almost a similar story line.

action movies come out from various producers at once, same goes for comedies, occultic, romance, campus runs, etc. total rubbish!!!

we need to move beyond our borders to progress and the only way to do that is serious investments in statndard equipments, good stories and international collaboration

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Has it ever occured to you that most Naija producers do not think they can achieve normality during a shoot, the indians know how to achieve that and they can share this.

Attracting government or other sponsors to movie is also something we need to learn and having forums to discuss this issue will be more for us than the indians.

finally, someone who understands the need of such a collabo.

no denying we have more to gain and as such, its our call to invite them and co operate

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please, don't think about it now,we ve got a long way to go.don't compare sleep with death i beg.nollywood that someone will be shot through glass and the glass will not break.

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@Edogram

I want to correct a mistake you people keep making, Nollywood is not the Second largest film industry but the second largest film producers, there is a difference. I f you read my last posts you'll get the stats i put there. Largest has a lot to do with costs, worldwide acceptability, popularity, etc, in these terms, nothing for Nolly. Take note please.

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i love Bollywood,to me they are the best, Kajol has always been my best actress

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1. India (1091) to the Cinema worldwide

2. Nigeria (872) to Home videos

Knowing that 99% of Nigerian films would have a part 2, 3, 4 if possible

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Bollywood’s no. 1 spot threatened by Nigeria’s Nollywood

May 8, 2009 posted by indiatime |

Bollywood, the most prolific producer of cinema in the world, may soon be losing that crown to a place that seems to have quietly surpassed every other cinema-producing country and is now closing in on India’s heels. Unesco’s institute for Statistics has just released a global survey on the state of cinema in the world, and places Nigeria’s Nollywood ahead of Hollywood, but just a few steps behind Bollywood.

According to the survey, here are the top movie producing countries for the year 2006

1. India (1091)

2. Nigeria (872)

3. United States (456)

4. Japan (417)

5. China (330)

But the US beats everyone else in terms of the number of cinema houses

1. United States (38,415)

2. China (37,753)

3. India (11,183)

4. France (5,362)

5. Nigeria (4,871)

The statistics on Nigeria seems to be a little skewed however. First of all, most of Nigerian movies are digital format movies, shot in 2 or 3 weeks and then distributed through an informal and a non-institutionalized chain of home theaters and private cinema houses. That is not how Hollywood or Bollywood or the Chinese or the Japanese cinema make most of their movies. By those standards, Youtube might soon become the highest cinema-producing place where hundreds if not thousands of short movies are produced and released every minute of every day.

Plus Bollywood itself is much more than Mumbai’s film production companies. In fact, the number of Telugu and Tamil films produced closely rivals that of the number of Hindi-language films produced in India. That again, is another specialty for India where regional films are just as popular as the national-language ones. But Indian cinema has a solid history of over a hundred years - Cinema was introduced in India in the last years of the 19th century, and the first indigenous movie production occurred back in 1913. In fact, even back in 1930s, India was said to be churning out over 200 movies per year.

Another factor to consider is the popularity and the longevity of the movies produced. Hollywood and Bollywood have repeatedly shown that capability (though Bollywood’s may be based more on the musical numbers). Nigeria has yet to show solid results on that front. So even if the Nigerian cinema is considered as mainstream cinema for the sake of discussion, it is still a bit of a stretch to consider it on par with Hollywood or Bollywood.

Not that I consider Bollywood on par with Hollywood in the first place. Personally, I think Bollywood’s quality has continued to deteriorate and erode over last few decades. In fact, if you look at the list of highest grossing Bollywood movies there isn’t a single movie, not a single one I repeat, that will make it to the all time Bollywood classics on my list. Unless one begins to adjust for inflation and this and that and what not. It’s almost as if Bollywood stopped making classics sometime in the 1970s. I wonder what happened.

http://www.indiatime.com/2009/05/08/bollywoods-no-1-spot-threatened-by-nigerias-nollywood/

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challa on May 8, 2009 7:44 pm Once again an Indian mistakes quantity for quality.

Light on May 8, 2009 10:39 pm I had seen some good films like Ankhio ke zarokho se, Damad,Golmal,Shaukeen,Julie,Des Pardes,Aandhi,Amanush,Khubsoort,Chupke Chupke etc, All these films were family entertainer with some of the best songs. Gradually our film makers lost their creativity and had started copying Hollywood badly.Rich businessmen who had no idea about films dumped huge money in bollywood.Now modern cinema has lost all its senses,one can’t see a film with family,so much sex and violence. But theres some good films I have seen recently The wednesday,Aamir. Theres no shortage of themes in country like India,but film makers must have a fire inside to do somthing fruitful.

Jithin on May 10, 2009 12:17 am First of all Bollywood does not produce 1091 movies. Its the total of all the regional film industries of India. And to tell you the truth Bollywood is a joke.

Ramu on May 16, 2009 8:21 pm Indian movies:

1. The gun always rules except that the hero almost never dies

2. Male chases female endlessly

3. Audience expecting when the couple will engage in lips-locking

4. Cheap Hollywood ripoffs can still attract millions

5. Actresses are more willing at flaunting their cleavage in almost every movie (Aishwarya, Shreya, the Arora sistas, you name it)

6. Oh yes. Sex scenes (yes, ones involving Unclothedness) will very shortly make their appearance in the late 2010s.

Francisca on May 27, 2009 4:03 pm Namasté

Mera name Francisca ,and Bollywood is the Number one in Germany …Bollywood iss the best in the cinema :-).

Bollywood iss the Number one in germany and in the world

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i hope not the nolly puppy is bad sick enough as it is

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Nollywood is not match for Bollywood, the indians will rather go 2 the US, people like to move to a higher level!!

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The reason it wont work is because, financially it wont suite the Bollywood actors/actresses they have professional actors that could easily cross over to Hollywood! Nollywood actors are a joke, theirs a major difference in acting a role and becoming the character being played…honestly theirs still a gulf between the industries and with Nollywood churning out over 200 movies a month leaves no room for improvement, to me the main concern is their pay cheque.

Ok we have Hollywood stars thinking about using Nollywood to shoot their films due to low cost in resources and production probably low tax rate. But at the end of the day the director, producer and main actors would all be foreigners and 99.5% of the revenue of the film would be going abroad.

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For an interesting comparison of Hollywood and Bollywood financial figures, see chart. It shows tickets sold in a year and total revenue estimates. Bollywood sold 3.6 billion tickets and had total revenues (theatre tickets, DVDs, television etc.) of US$1.3 billion, whereas Hollywood films sold 2.6 billion tickets and generated total revenues (again from all formats) of US$51 billion.

Nigeria has a US$250 million movie industry, churning out some 200 videos for the home video market every month

(200 videos gaddamit a month)

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Quote of the century,  ha ha ha ha

India has over $400bn in reserve, US just borrowed over a Trillion

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@ Poster

I am trying hard to comprehend what seems to be your motivating factor behind this thread. But that at it may be,is for another day. The point is why on earth do you think our "glorified home video" industry nick named Nollywood can even be compared to a much more organized and sophisticated Bollywood ?

We dont make movies if you ask me but home videos that can only be glorified by the likes of MNET's African Magic Channel. Dont take it personal but MNET knows what its doing by glorifying these home videos. They need a leverage which they seem to have found in the DSTV African Magic due to its mass appeal in Nigeria and West Africa.

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May be Bollywood, but Nollywood, no chance

May be in the quantity of movies produced

But quality

storyline

production

Not even close!!!

Bollywood has moved leap and bounds whereas Nigerian films are no different to the one they produced in the 80's

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Why can't we just shoot towards the stars if we can rather than the moon. We should collabo with Hollywood straight. Who said Brat Pitt doesn't want to act with Shan George or even Jenifer!

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@Captured

I never said i was against bollywood coming to Nigeria, but i say it should be under sensible circumstances. We should be learning from them and not trying to compare our selves with them, World position aside we cannot match their movies, even the ones from far back eg Disc dancer. So what do we have to offer them? a working relationship should benefit all parties involved. If Bolly is to come it will seem like charity cos we might gain, and i say might because we might just try to pose that we are working with Bolly instead of actually learning but what will the gain? definitely not money and definitely not fame.

After what u said about Forbes, i researched it and there was nothing on nollywood on Forbes, but i was able to learn that Bollywood is finally working with Hollywood, raking in big bucks and deals worth billions are being signed. Now this is because they improved by stepping up their production to near hollywood standard.

Let me ask you a question, If you start an airline and did a good job and had to enter a joint venture with Arik or Nigeria airways, which would you choose?

Logic!

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everyone knows Nigeria produces movies faster than biscuits, but that is not an issue

we are hoping a forum between the two industries will help them discuss their implementation process with nollywood actually benefiting more.

India like nigeria is not as rich as america but has structured the industry to become a money spinner. given the similarity in the operation environment, i think the forum is a great idea.

India movies are available in english and indian languages, and are have a standard of been subtitled in english

out of curiosity, what would you rather recommend sincew you seen so strongly against bringbollywood to nigeria

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@Captured

Guy/Girl are you for real?

Forbes and Mnet? I bet you are one of the people who believes that Nollywood is actually the third/second largest film industry instead of third/second largest film producing nation. Forbes focuses on Cash and net worth, check it again. I am not just taking for the sake of talking i have written for international and local magazines and the movie s is my specialty and i actually want to see things get better here. Thank God for this forum where we can exchange views.

Ask yourself what kind of story are we going to come up with that will need the appearance of Bollywood stars? Are our styles similar (singing and dancing)? Will the films be in English?

It is not just enough to bring the stars, the move has to be justified. Its houldn't just be a way to boost Nolly cos if it goes wrong, it will be a blemish on the industry and such a collabo will never happen again, you get me?

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to bring even hollywood stars to nigeria is not so much about cos there is money enough to bring the music stars so why not the actors and actresess. fact is there is already an arrangement on bringing bollywood's top stars to Nigeria, I was just curious as to which stars nigerian will want to meet, is it the traditional ones or the more mordern ones, male or female, dancers or singers, that kind of thing

Nollywood is quite regulated and cant be moved asid by bollywood on its own soil, so no shaking.

Ranking is and will always be a part of anything you do in entertainment even if it is in the personal lives of those involved so leave primary school, this one is as real as forbes and Mnet

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ARE YOU SERIOUS, NOLLYWOOD AND BOLLYWOOD HAVE GIVEN HOLLYWOOD A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY? hOLLYWOOD MAKES MORE IN A YARE THAN BOLLY AND NOLLY COMBINED, INFACT HOLLYWOODS BIGGEST HIT FOR A YAER MAKES TEN TIMES MORE THAN ALL NOLLYWOOD FILMS OUT TOGETHER, SO DON'T THINK THAT HOLLYWOOD IS WORRIED ABOUT A SILLY RANKING, WHAT'S THIS PRIMARY SCHOOL?

AS PER YOUR NOLLYWOOD AND BOLLYWOOD COLLABO, GO COLLABO WITH SOUTH AFRICA FIRST. HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK YOU CAN PAY A BOLLY ACTOR WHEN THIER SALARY WILL MAKE 100 NOLLYWOOD FILMS.

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Bollywood would take over Nollywood.

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