Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Kannywood Still Has a Long Way to Go - Nigeria's Ameen Khan

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A Nigerian, Ameen Khan, is making an impact in Bollywood. The Kano born Fulani star speaks on his thoughts on Kannywood and the Nigerian entertainment industry.

How did you break into Bollywood?

It started by attending one south Indian movie set titled 'Vinayakudu' in 2008 in Hyderabad. Then I was doing my first degree and that was where and how I met an artiste and promoter. Through him I got signed up Uninor, a mobile company and I also did bill board commercials for them which rocked down south India. Later I attended some Bollywood movie sets, promos and a lot of television drama.

Is it that Kannywood was not enticing enough for you?

It doesn't matter where you start from; if you have the mind of acting and you are serious about it, then you can start from anywhere if you get the opportunity. I have been in the movie industry for the past ten years but the opportunity came just few years back. For Kannywood, all I can say is they are trying but they still have a long way to go. All my life I have never thought of acting in a Hausa film.

What are the challenges you have faced so far in Bollywood?

Life itself comes with many challenges and this people have gone far not like the African movie industry. It's like a family affair and business. Someone from nowhere goes in there a lot of challenges but I must say Allah has really been on my side for me to have come this far in the Bollywood industry.

Do we see you coming back to the Nigerian entertainment scene soon?

Yes I am in touch with many Nigerian musicians, actors, producers, artists, promoters, etc to work with some soon by Allah's grace. I will be back soon when everything is set.

How long have you been on the Bollywood movie radar?

Three years now. Two years behind the camera like a year now on screen

Your Name Ameen Khan, is that for real or it was invented. I mean the Khan, so that you could fit into the Bollywood Industry?

My real name is Al-ameen Abdallah Ardo am Fulani by tribe born and raised Kano the name Ameen Khan came from the Muslim community where I did my degree program in South India the people in that area are Muslims so they called my name and Shahrukh Ji (Shahrukhan) ones called me Ameen Khan so it how I got my name and it became my screen name

What do you have to say to your fans?

First to all Actors around the world 'without fans you are nothing'. To my fans big thanks I wish I can make time to meet each and every one of you. With your continued support I can do better and make a difference in Bollywood. I love you all

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