Ugandans have been looking forward to this film since the release of its official trailer over a year back.
The film will tomorrow evening premiere at the plush Serena hotel Victoria hall in Kampala. To make sure the movie is watched by everyone, even those who didn’t land an invite to the Serena tonight, it will be rolled out in cinemas with Acacia mall-based Century Cinema being the first.
Already a hit in Asia and some parts of Europe, Luzira: Escape From Uganda is a film inspired by the true story of a young Indian family which found itself entangled in a double murder plot while residing in Kampala. Directed by Rajesh Nair, a 36-year-old Indian filmmaker who has lived a great deal of his life in Uganda, the film is said to have cost $1m (about Shs 2.5bn).
The action thriller, produced by Girisch Nair, features car chases, bloody fights and torture scenes which are quite rare in locally-produced films. Producers went to the extreme by casting award-winning Indian actress and former beauty queen, Rima Kallingal, in the lead role as the housewife and mother who is wrongfully accused of murdering two people and is subsequently sent to Luzira prison.
Then there is Ra Parthieban, who plays the role of a loving husband and father who engineers a suicidal plan to help his wife escape from the maximum security prison. The Ugandan big names in this one include Ebonies’ Sam Bagenda and veteran screen actor Michael Wawuyo as the mayor and detective, respectively.
People will, however, be looking out for singer Jose Chameleone whose cameo as the animated drug lord, Don Dada, will probably provide something to write home about. The film was shot over two months in over sixty locations in Jinja, Kampala and Entebbe.
Source : The Observer