Disney shoots "Cheetah" in India

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NEW DELHI - Walt Disney Television International India is for the first time filming a Disney Channel Original Movie in India with "The Cheetah Girls One World," the Mumbai-based company said Wednesday.

A musical sequel to the successful "The Cheetah Girls" tween franchise is underway in Udaipur, in the western state of Rajasthan. The original premiered on the U.S. Disney Channel in August 2003 followed by "The Cheetah Girls 2" in November 2006.

In India, the movies premiered on the Disney Channel in 2007 and WDTI claims they reached over 4.7 million viewers.

"One World" continues to tell the story of three friends, Chanel, Aqua and Dorinda, as they journey to Mumbai where an aspiring Bollywood director offers them roles in his movie, "Namaste Bombay," (Hello Bombay).

Disney will release "One World" in the U.S. in August and in India in. The Disney Channel India also will air a version dubbed into Hindi with Bollywood songs.

"The movie uses local settings, talent and creativity to further strengthen our brand affinity while providing the environment that Indian kids relate to," Antoine Villeneuve, WDTI senior vp and managing director, said.

The cast includes Indian actors such as Roshan Seth, whose credits include "Gandhi" (1982) in addition to 1,500 extras, 450 dancers and 45 principal dancers from Mumbai.

Sabrina Bryan, best known for the TV soap "The Bold and the Beautiful," stars as Dorinda, while Adrienne Bailon and Kiely Williams of the pop group 3LW, portray Chanel and Aqua, respectively.

"Cheetah Girls" is based on the book series by Deborah Gregory.
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