Minister Frank Tumwebaze with the chairman of River Nile Motion Pictures, Girisch Nair at the launch. PHOTO/Nicholas Oneal
By Caroline Ariba
River Nile Motion Pictures, a feature film Production Company focusing on local content for the Indian and Ugandan media market, recently wrapped up a 120 minutes film shot entirely in Uganda.
The crime thriller titled Escape from Uganda is said to have cost well over a million dollars.
This film is about a middle class Indian family living in Kampala who is thrown into mayhem when the housewife finds herself involved in a murder plot. Shika Samuel (played by Indian National Award winner Rima Kallingal) follows her dream of making dresses and opens a boutique at Garden City.
Little did she know that she would be faced with a conspiracy and later charged with the murder of her close friend and the Mayor's daughter, Audrey. Husband, Jay Krishnan (played by Vijaay Babu) attempts to secure her release from Luzira Maximum Security Prison and her subsequent escape orchestrated by “well-wisher” (Award Winning Tamil star Partiban) from the Indian community.
Founded by Girisch Nair, Rajesh Nair and Gautam Nair, River Nile Motion Picture did not hesitate to involve re-known Ugandan actors like Michael Wawuyo, Wilberforce Mutete, Sam Bagenda, Anita Kyarimpa (Miss Uganda first runner-up) and Brenda Nanyonjo (the lady behind Miss Uganda today)
Slated for an October release in India and thereafter a Ugandan premiere in the same month, this film has been filmed in 7 languages including English, Swahili, Luganda and Malayalam. And as such, it will be distributed in over 2,300 movie theatres in India and across Africa with the Swahili and English versions aggressively distributed across Sub Sahara Africa.
During a “wrap-up” cocktail party to celebrate the conclusion of production held at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel, His Excellency, Soumen Ray, High Commissioner of India congratulated River Nile Motion Pictures upon completion of filming but also urged the company to ensure a Ugandan premiere happened as soon as it is released.
The chief guest, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze MP, Minister for the Presidency and Minister in Charge of Kampala expressed his pride at the location of the movie.
“As you have seen from that wonderful trailer that has been shown, it seems the location of this film also played an important role. Kampala and Jinja featured prominently and such scenes help to showcase in a positive light, our beautiful country, the youth and our capacity and capability of being host to such a large project,” he boasted.