A BIT OF HISTORY
According to my mother, Ghanaians love for Bollywood movies begun way back in 1968 when she was a young girl in Tamale, in the Northern region of Ghana.
There were not many televisions then. So the cinema was their source of visual entertainment. One of such cinemas was called Revoli Cinema now the Melcom Shopping building in Tamale owned by Indians.
By the end of a movie night, young ladies will dress up the next morning and put on red lipsticks and a dot of red nail polish on their foreheads. Obviously, imitating the Indian ladies they saw in the movies. Funny right?
TODAY – INDIAN MOVIES & TV SERIES
That love for Bollywood productions has not ended. In our generation, that love has been rekindled by the introduction of Indian telenovelas on our tv screens. Examples are Kumkum Bhagya ( English title: Twist of Fate) , Gangaa and Veera.
I tell you, Kumkum Bahgya became an instant hit. I personally saw some of our KG1 children discussing the characters in the telenovela. They started naming themselves after characters such as Abhi – played by Shabbir Ahluwalia and Pragya – played by Sriti Jha .
THE LOVE IS DEEP
Star Life, B4U Movies, and Zee World are some of the Indian tv stations dominating the Ghanaian screens now.
It has led to something interesting. There are some tv stations now in Ghana that translates Indian telenovelas into one of our local languages, thus Asante Twi.
This is to enable those who don’t understand English to also enjoy the programs. The main casts in Kumkum Bahgya were invited into the country to interact with their Ghanaian fans and charley, come see crowd! Interesting right?
INFUSION OF INDIAN TRANSPORTATION
The tuk tuk is one of the means of transportation in India. We see them a lot in their movies and series.
Well, guess what? Business minded people have imported these tuk tuk into the country. They’re brought in as individual parts and assembled here in Ghana.
There were a lot of controversies surrounding their use on our roads. But Ghanaians have accepted these and have even named them as Pragia after one of the characters in Kumkum Bhagya. Their fares are much cheaper than that of the usual taxis.
In the Northern parts of the country they’re called yellow yellow because that is the dominant colour of most of them. The first time I sat in one was in 2010 when I went to Lagos, Nigeria but I never thought that they would one day be brought into Ghana.
There are many Indian owned business establishments in Ghana. Some are into spices, clothings, jewelry, restaurants, and many more.
One of such prominent businesses is Melcom Shopping Malls scattered all over the country. Indeed the love between India and Ghana is deep and strong. Long live India, long live Ghana!!!
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