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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 February, 2005, 16:50 GMT
Bollywood brought to chilly North
Nishit Bhatia on Seaburn beach
More than 40 actors and dancers were trained for film roles
A Bollywood movie is breaking new ground by being filmed not in heat of India, but in the much cooler climate of Sunderland.

The film, English Babu Desi Dance, follows the tried and tested tale of a hero and villain fighting over a girl.

But it will feature an all-English cast of actors and dancers.

The musical is produced by Sunderland University masters student Nishit Bhatia who says it should go down a storm with Indian audiences.

Mr Bhatia, 23, a media production student, also trained the 40 English actors and dancers, including the university's rugby team, to mime the Indian lyrics and teach them the dance steps.

'Mime and dance'

Filming is currently taking place around the region with the latest scenes taking place at Seaburn beach.

Mr Bhatia said: "I thought it would be different to have an all English cast. I certainly think the Indian audience will find it interesting.

"A lot of English people watch Bollywood films and I wanted to make a film for them. You do get cross over between Hollywood and Bollywood but only with one or two actors, never the whole cast.

"It has been really hard work teaching the cast to mime and dance, especially the rugby players, but the results have been excellent. They have done a great job so far."

The film will be shown around the country and Mr Bhatia is planning to meet film producers to discuss commercial possibilities.


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