Bollywood craze grips Ethiopian youth
Addis Ababa: Bollywood craze appears to have gripped Ethiopian youth. They are willing to sit through a usually three-hour-long movie at a shanty-house with only an unskilled translator as their guide to a language they do not understand.
Most of the translators in this East African nation of 85 million people, with old ties to India, are hardly fluent; so audiences make guestimates based on the very expressive faces of the actors.
Thus, it is quite common in this capital and in other cities across to see youngsters and the not-so-young mimicking scenes out of movies like "Ram Jaane", "Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai", "Jeena Sirf Mere Liye", "Kal Ho Naa Ho", "Mujhse Dosti Karoge!", "Mujhse Shaadi Karogi", "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", "Mohabbatein", "Dosti", "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" and "Chori Chori Chupke Chupke" while speaking in the native Amharic.
Getachew Diriba, 33, is one of the popular translators in the capital, born and brought up in the Addis Ketema neighbourhood where there were three cinemas and innumerable shanty-houses showing Bollywood films.
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