Rabat - “Marrakech Bombay… A Love Story” is a new film project by Moroccan director Aahd Bensouda that aims to combine the Moroccan and Indian cultures. The Moroccan film will be marked by a clear Bollywood influence.
Rabat – “Marrakech Bombay… A Love Story” is a new film project by Moroccan director Aahd Bensouda that aims to combine the Moroccan and Indian cultures. The Moroccan film will be marked by a clear Bollywood influence.
Speaking to the daily newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum, Bensouda described his passion for Indian cinema. “I absolutely love India cinema as the Moroccan public does,” he said.
The screenplay tells the love story of a Moroccan based in Marrakech and an Indian who lives in Bombay. The film’s scenes will be shot between the two cities and the final product will be distributed in India.
The colorful filmmaker aims to build a solid relationship between filmmakers and other cultural agents in both Morocco and India. He has participated in several film festivals, including the Festival International Du Cinema D’auteur De Rabat, which took place last week in Rabat, as part of an effort in “parallel diplomacy.” His efforts seem to have paid off, as a cooperation agreement was signed last week in Rabat between the Delhi Festival and the Festival International Du Cinema D’auteur De Rabat.
Bollywood has lately achieved greater prominence as a source inspiration for Moroccan filmmakers.
Last year, Moroccan director Yassine Fennane released a movie entitled “Karyane Bollywood.” The movie tells the story of an avid young Moroccan fan of Indian movies, who tries to attract the affection of his sweetheart by shooting a remake of Bollywood’s smash hit “Disco Dancer.”
Indian directors have recently been inspired by Morocco’s picturesque scenery, such as the prominent director Anurag Basu, who last year chose to shoot scenes of his movie “Jaso Jagga” in Morocco.
Edited by Kelsey Fish