Thursday, August 6, 2009

Bollywood Hero - Times Square flash mob of Bollywood Dancers

Just wanted to share this news with others.

"On August 4th, 2009, dozens of Bollywood dancers suddenly began to dance in the middle of Times Square to support Bollywood Hero, a 3 part mini-series on IFC. Bollywood Hero stars Chris Kattan, Neha Dhupia and Pooja Kumar were in attendance. The mini-series premieres August 6th, 7th and 8th at 10pm on IFC."

ABOUT Bollywood Hero

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BOLLYWOOD HERO is an IFC Original three-night Bollywood Musical Mini-series Event starring Chris Kattan (Saturday Night Live) airing on IFC August 6, 7 and 8 at 10 PM ET/PT.

Filmed over 10 weeks on location in Mumbai, India, BOLLYWOOD HERO also co-stars Maya Rudolph, Julian Sands (A Room with a View, Gothic), Neha Dhupia (former Miss India, Shootout at Lokhandwala), Pooja Kumar (Flavors, former Miss India U.S.A.) , Ali Fazal (The Other End of the Line) and Rachna Shah (The Last Monk). Actors making guest appearances include Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Coolidge and David Alan Grier.

BOLLYWOOD HERO revolves around Kattan, who plays a facsimile of himself in this otherwise fictional comedy. Tired of being rejected as a leading-man in Hollywood, he burns his professional bridges in L.A. and accepts a starring role in the Bollywood film Peculiar Dancing Boy. Fresh off the plane, Chris is flung into a world of sibling rivalry, cultural faux pas, a film with no funding, power hungry starlets, and a movie industry, as competitive and cutthroat as Hollywood, where dance moves are essential. This all leads to a pivotal moment when Chris finds himself making out with a horse. But all is not lost!

In his quest to become Bollywood's leading man, Chris unexpectedly finds a great dance instructor (part Patrick Swayze, part Mr. Miyagi), trawls India's countryside for his leading lady, falls in love, and ultimately fulfills dreams he never even imagined. Facing culture clashes, language barriers and complex dance moves, Kattan will stop at nothing to conquer his destiny.

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Comedian and actress Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live, Away We Go) plays a version of herself as Chris Kattan's best friend back home in L.A. Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, Speed) appears as a more comedic and heightened version of himself as does actress Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie) who plays Kattan's ex-girlfriend. Comedian David Alan Grier (In Living Color) also makes a guest appearance along with Chris' father Kip Kattan playing himself. Toby Huss (Reno 911) plays Kattan's agent, Hacker. Andy Samberg (SNL, The Lonely Island) has a tender moment with Chris where he implores him to pave the way for younger comedic actors by making the leap to leading man.

Several key crew members from Slumdog Millionaire collaborated on the series including line producer Tabrez Noorani, first Assistant Director Raj Acharya and second Assistant Directors Udayan Baijal and Sonia Nemawarkar. Longinus Fernandes, who choreographed the Oscar®-winning Jai Ho dance sequence at the end of Slumdog Millionaire, has created numerous dance numbers for the series. Finally, the series' costume designer, Riyazali Merchant, was also the Oscar®-winning costume designer of Slumdog Millionaire.

Singer-songwriter and composer Michael Penn (Boogie Nights) wrote and produced three original songs for the series.

Bollywood dancers entertain In addition, an exclusive Bollywood-inspired reimagination of Penn's hit "No Myth" is performed by the Bombay Dub Orchestra in part two.

BOLLYWOOD HERO is executive produced by Chris Kattan and snackaholic's Ted Skillman and Belisa Balaban. Starz Media is IFC's studio partner. Executive producers for IFC include Debbie DeMontreux, SVP of original programming; Rachel Smith, VP of original programming; Jennifer Caserta, EVP and GM of IFC and Evan Shapiro, President of IFC tv and Sundance Channel.


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