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Bollywood Dream

Slow to start, then comes home strong when the distaff dancers get their groove on.

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With: Nataly Cabanas, Paula Braun, Lorena Lobato, Paraneshwa Naiar, Kaushik Satish, Geethaa Satish, Nithin Nair. (Portuguese, English, Tamil, Hindi dialogue.)

A road comedy about a trio of Brazilian actresses on a hare-brained mission to work in Indian musicals, “Bollywood Dream” is slow to start, then comes home strong when the distaff dancers get their groove on. A respectable debut by helmer Beatriz Seigner, this crowd-pleaser should dance its way to plenty of fests, but rough technical edges will likely restrict exposure outside Brazil and India to the smallscreen. Brazilian release is set for February 2011.

Thirtysomething gal-pals Sofia (Nataly Cabanas), Luna (Lorena Lobato) and Ana (Paula Braun) arrive in India, only to discover their hotel reservations have vanished, along with a Bollywood producer they’re supposed to contact. More like a downbeat travel docu at first, pic shifts into a much more appealing and lively gear when the ladies find low-rent lodgings with kindly innkeeper Mr. Kumar (Paraneshwa Naiar), and cheeky teenage choreographer Kalya (Kaushik Satish, terrific) starts whipping them into shape. Though handheld camerawork is sometimes very shaky and images are occasionally overexposed, pic is well served by spirited perfs and a terrific soundtrack mixing peppy Bollywood tunes with classical rhythms of sitar, sarod and tabla.

Bollywood Dream

Brazil-U.S.

Production: An Espaco Filmes (in Brazil) release of a Miriade Filmes, Cinepro/Rattapallax production. (International sales: Miriade Filmes, Sao Paolo.) Produced by Ram Devineni, Fernando Fraiha, Beatriz Seigner. Executive producers, Santosh Sivan, Amir Naderi. Directed, written by Beatriz Seigner.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Seigner; editor, Renata Maria; music, Lorena Lobato, R. Raghavendra; costume designer, Beatriz Pieratti. Reviewed at Pusan Film Festival (World Cinema), Oct. 8, 2010. Running time: 84 MIN.

With: With: Nataly Cabanas, Paula Braun, Lorena Lobato, Paraneshwa Naiar, Kaushik Satish, Geethaa Satish, Nithin Nair. (Portuguese, English, Tamil, Hindi dialogue.)

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