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The UK's first Bollywood acting school will open in London in September.

The school, based in Ealing, is a spin-off from the prestigious Actor Prepares academy in Mumbai, India, founded by Bollywood star Anupam Kher.

Students will enrol on a three-month intensive course, taught by Bollywood actors and film-makers.

Kher said he would like it to "become the springboard to launch schools around the world". Schools in Durban and Sydney are already planned.

'Passion for cinema'

He said it was his experience while starring in British film Bend It Like Beckham, about a British Asian girl's love of football, that showed him "the enormous potential to build much stronger links between UK and Indian cinema".

The establishment is a partnership between Actor Prepares, Ealing Institute of Media and regeneration agency Heathrow City Partnership.

"I am determined to tap into the local British Asian population's love affair with Bollywood and use this as a catalyst to create new skills, jobs and business opportunities," said Heathrow City Partnership's chief executive Ash Verma.

"In a globalised world where countries are becoming more interconnected, it makes perfect sense for the UK and India to use their shared passion for cinema to create something special to enrich both our nations," he added.

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