'Cheetah Girls' sequel filming in India


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 division said Wednesday.

A musical sequel to the successful "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 and was followed by "The Cheetah Girls 2" in November 2006.

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

"One World" tells the continuing story of 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. 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," said Antoine Villeneuve, WDTI senior vp and managing director.

The cast includes Indian actor Roshan Seth, whose credits include "Gandhi" (1982), and 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.