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Bollywood Hero comes to New York

Last updated on: August 05, 2009 

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Neha Dhupia was spotted at the New York premiere of Bollywood Hero, a low budget television series that has gained a lot of buzz,  at the Rubin Museum of Art. She is a part of its cast.

Bollywood Hero, which is promoted as a Bollywood musical miniseries, will be aired on the highly regarded IFC (Independent Film Channel) between August 6 and 8.


Image: Neha Dhupia
Photographs: Paresh Gandhi
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Chris Kattan, who plays a washed out Hollywood actor seeking artistic salvation in Bollywood, described the series as 'a fish-out-of-water show,'.

Kattan is well-known for his work in the TV comedy phenomenon Saturday Night Live some six years ago. He says of his new film: 'It's grounded. It's about real people, but it's obviously going to be funny. It's not a slapstick sitcom kind of a show, and that's what appealed to me the most It has a great story, as opposed to a lot of television now. It has strong cast and situations, but this has a strong cast as well as a great storyline to it.'


Image: Neha Dhupia, Chris Kattan and Pooja Kumar
Photographs: Paresh Gandhi
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Bollywood Hero also features Pooja Kumar, who also arrived at the premiere. 

It also stars Maya Rudolph (the current indie hit, Away We Go) and Julian Sands (TV series 24, movies including Lady Killer).


Image: Pooja Kumar
Photographs: Paresh Gandhi
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Making guest appearances are Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Cooldige (American Pie).

Longinus Fernandes, now famous for choreographing the Jai Ho sensation in Slumdog Millionaire, has five dance numbers credited to him.


Image: Neha Dhupia, Chris Kattan and Pooja Kumar
Photographs: Paresh Gandhi
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Kattan plays an exaggerated version of himself in the fictional comedy. He is the man whose ego has convinced him that he could be a star. He grew up loving Indiana Jones and loved to dress up. But when we meet him in the film, he is tired of being rejected as leading man in Hollywood. His situation worsens when he burns his professional bridges in L.A when he refuses to play a space goat and wants a more substantial role.

That leads him to a very unlikely choice, searching for a starring role in a Bollywood film. After a chance meeting with Indian filmmaker Monty Reddy, he heads to Mumbai to play lead role in Peculiar Dancing Boy.


Image: Chris Kattan
Photographs: Paresh Gandhi
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