Wow! Mike and Gloria Bamiloye (Mount Zion) debut India’s first Gospel Movie ‘Rupantar’

Rupantar, Mount Zion’s first Indian movie debuts

Wow….kudos to the Bamiloyes!

Bollywood is regarded as one of the largest movie makers in the world
and its influence permeates the entire Asian world. For many years
before the advent of Nollywood, the movie world in Nigeria was
overshadowed by the dominance of the dance and song-filled Indian
movies. However, an evangelical or gospel movie segment of Bollywood is
never known the way we have the gospel side of Nollywood.

Interestingly, however, it can be confidently said this year that
Nollywood have walked into Bollywood through the gospel angle. The Mount
Zion Film Productions probably becomes the first Nigerian movie-makers
to penetrate Bollywood with a gospel movie shot in New Delhi by a modest
Nigerian crew, and starred entirely by Indian Christians. This has become a landmark project.
According to Evang. Mike Bamiloye, President of Mount Zion Film
Productions, they were invited to an annual church conference in New
Delhi in 2013, during which they caught the divine revelation from God
about reaching the people of the land with an evangelical movie that
would address the spiritual problems of the people.

Following this divine idea, a relevant inspiring script was written in
Nigeria and sent to our partners in New Delhi for review and to fit into
the relevant spiritual and social backgrounds of the people. The script
was translated by Ashima Batra, a member of an India ministry, Shiloh
Global Ministries Inc., who produced the movie. A team of script editors
comprising Indian linguists later worked on the script to avoid
religious or spiritual controversies. Then, some sessions of auditions
were held for Christians and church members who came from different
churches within the city of New Delhi.

Evang. Mike and Gloria Bamiloye had gone to the Asian country with their
son: Damilola Mike-Bamiloye, who was also in charge of light and
sounds, and the cameraman who shot the movie, and their daughter served
on the film location as the continuity manager of the project. 

When they
arrived in the city with all the modest filming gadgets – camera,
tracks, lights and sound equipment, which all fitted into three fairly
large bags, a three-day seminar/workshop on Christian drama and film
production was held for all intending casts of the movie, which preceded
the 10 days of intensive work on film locations within the city and the
slums of New Delhi. The casts of the movie comprised largely of adults
and elderly people with more than six pastors drawn from many churches,
all eager and expectant to feature in the first gospel movie in that
part of the country.

According to Evang. Mike Bamiloye, the casts had never acted in drama or
movies before, but God helped them to act with all their heart and
soul. They were all very loving Indians and the slum used as a major
location, though very uncomfortable with the strong heat and swarm of
disturbing flies, the people living there were very gentle,
accommodating and cooperative. Bamiloye said they shot both in the city
and in the slum, and “ten days later we finished shooting the gospel
movie, Rupantar!”

The movies stars Bobby Chellappan, Anjana Sigler, Neha Patel, Pranab Debnath and Shiv Kumar Jena.

He added that his drama mission trip to India and the successful making
of the Hindi gospel movie has opened his eyes to another area of drama
mission – “Reaching the unreached in their local tongues”. He
said Mount Zion has made movies with Christians in the United States,
and in Canada and “I have made movies with believers in Australia,
however, those movies were made by Nigerians or Africans in those
foreign nations. We ended up ministering only to our fellow Africans in
those foreign lands.
“But, since the success of the Hindi gospel movie, which was acted by
the Indians for the Indians, addressing the spiritual and common
problems of the Indians, all my drama mission’s focus has changed
suddenly: I do not have much interest in making movies in foreign lands,
acted in English language by Africans anymore.
“Now, I am yearning to shoot gospel movies in Spanish language, acted by
the Spanish Christians. I desire to be in China and make gospel movies
for the Chinese believers acted by them for grassroots evangelism. I
want to make movies in Swedish language acted by the Swedish. I want to
create a grassroots implement of revival and evangelism in the form of
gospel movies in Korean language for the Korean nations, the Cantonese
language of the 60 million Cantonese in China, the Thai language of
Thailand,” he said.
“We have successfully made an India movie in Hindi language, what of the
over 90 million people who speak Punjabi language in India and the more
than 200 million Indians who speak Bengali? In Asia, there are several
other major languages that have never seen any gospel movie in their
mother tongues, yet, they have churches and missionaries. That is my
focus. That is my hunger and thirst. That is my dream. And that is my
ministerial campaign.”
It seems Nigerian Christian movie makers are beginning to shift focus to
traveling to other African nations to make movies to evangelise the
local African people in their native local languages.
The likes of Evang. Segun Badejo of Gideon Missions, Ibadan, has just
broken a major ground in Kenya, with five gospel movies shot in
Kiswahili and acted by the indigenes in their mother tongue. Earlier
this year, he was in Cameroon where he trained a group of young drama
ministers from various churches after which he went on a seven days film
location with them and came out with ‘The Hunter’s Prey’.
Kolawole David Okeowo, President of The Reconciliators Ministries
(Trecom), was in Ghana late last year where he worked with various young
drama ministers to shoot a major evangelical movie, ‘Godje: In the
Fiery Furnace’. A member of Mount Zion Faith Ministries, Joseph Yemi
Adepoju, with his wife, were in Togo earlier this year to train some
drama groups from various churches, after which they spent a whole week
with them shooting a film studded with Togolese casts. Then, in July
this year, they spent another three weeks in Zambia training some drama
ministers and making a movie fully acted by Zambians.
Outside of Africa, Mount Zion have made four movies in Dallas, Texas;
one movie in Maryland, three movies in Hamilton and in Winnipeg, both in
Canada, including three movies shot in Australia.
Oh by the way, Rupantar will premiere on Dove media channel in October!

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