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iDream scores with Indian-themed films

Four pics licensed to Suraya

Making its Cannes market debut, iDream Independent Pictures, sales arm of iDream Prod., scored with five of its English-language Indian-themed crossover pics.

Naomi Campbell and Sushmita Sen starrer “Karma Confessions and Holi,” Irrfan Khan-toplined “My Own Sky,” “Americanizing Shelley” with Beau Bridges, Jason Flemyng starrer “Telling Lies” and “Bombil and Beatrice” were all licensed to Suraya Film Production and Distribution. The Malaysian-based company acquired rights for Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Idream’s Dalai Lama TV series “On Life and Enlightenment” was licensed to Frenetic for German- speaking Europe and Eagle Entertainment for Australia and New Zealand.

Earlier in the week, iDream’s horror pic “Sick House” was sold by Arclight/Darclight to New Line Cinema for North America.

Six-year-old iDream Pictures, which was a partner on Deepa Mehta’s “Bollywood/Hollywood,” is preparing to expand beyond the expatriate markets.

“Six of the seven films we have produced have been in English and the films we sell are global without the song-and-dance routines that are associated with Bollywood,” said CEO Ashish Bhatnagar.

Next steps see company build a studio complex on the land in India it has recently acquired. Complex will cater to footloose international movie productions and compete with East European facilities.

Bhatnagar also foresees a $100 million production fund that would be listed on the AIM section of the London Stock Exchange.

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