River Nile Motion Pictures (RNMP), an Indian and Ugandan film production company, has finalized shooting the first ever-Indian feature film, shot entirely on location in Uganda. The crime thriller, Escape from Uganda, has been made at a budget of slightly over US$1 million on location mostly in Kampala and Jinja with an expert production team of 35 Indians assisted by over 40 Ugandans that have made up the entire technical production crew.
RNMP celebrated a “wrap-up” cocktail party at Sheraton Hotel Kampala where the lead stars of the feature film, Vijaay Babu, Rima Kallingal, Michael Wawuyo and Sam Bagenda were on hand to mingle with some of Uganda’s high profile A-list community from Government, Police, the Business Community, Ugandan Film Industry, Media and Socialites. The film also stars Indian veteran actors Parthieban as the villain and Mukesh, who combined have starred in over 100 films in India, although they were unable to attend the cocktail as their busy schedules only allowed them to fly into Uganda for a few days to film their scenes and return to India.
Between Rima, Partiban and Mukesh the film had three terrific, national award-winning actors to carry a fantastic script, shot in exotic locations in and around Kampala and Jinja by some of the best cameramen and technicians from the Indian film industry. Before showing the movietrailer, Chairman RNMP, Girisch Nair introduced the film’s Director, Ugandan Asian Rajesh Nair and the cast and crew of the movie. He thanked the Government of Uganda, Uganda Police, KCCA and Jinja Municipal Council for the various facilitations in making the film possible.
Nair said, “I see this maiden production for RNMP, as the dawn of sub-Sahara Africa’s film industry. The African consumer is starved for locally relevant content and drawing upon India’s 100-year-old experience in filmmaking and their incredible ability to produce world-class content at extremely affordable budgets, empowers producers to distribute film and television content in a manner that delivers adequate returns. This is fundamental to the sustainability of any industry and will draw more investments into it and with that employment. Chief Guest, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze MP, Minister for the Presidency and Minister in Charge of Kampala speaking during the cocktail at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel, said, “As you have seen from that wonderful trailer that has been shown, it seems the location of this film also played an important role in providing employment to Ugandans. Escape from Uganda is slated for release in October in India and thereafter a Ugandan premiere in the same month. It will be distributed in over 2,300 movie theatres in India and across Africa. It has been filmed in 7 languages including English, Swahili, Luganda and Malayalam. RNMP plans to distribute the English and Swahili version of the film, aggressively across Sub Sahara Africa.