'Gateway' winner Hollywood-bound

Young Indian to direct for Hyde Park

NEW DELHI -- Mumbai-based filmmaker Bejoy Nambiar will direct a feature for Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Entertainment, after winning the reality show "Gateway to Hollywood" on Sunday.

The film will be distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Entertainment. "Gateway" was launched on Sony Entertainment Television's English-language channel SET PIX, following an open invitation to aspiring Indian filmmakers.

Amritraj and two guest jury members judged 18 final contestants who were given weekly assignments.

"The fact that an Indian filmmaker will actually direct a mainstream Hollywood film should be a source of great inspiration for others as well," Mumbai-based SET head Sunder Aaron said.

Nambiar will head to Los Angeles in June and work under Amritraj at Hyde Park, after which he will be offered a script to direct "that should go into production sometime later in the year."

" 'Gateway' is a great platform where I learned so much," Nambiar told THR. "As an Indian filmmaker heading to Hollywood, I think that it's really the story that will decide what approach I take on any project."

"Gateway" also featured an open script call not as a contest but "as an opportunity for a writer to probably end up selling a completed screenplay or treatment to Hyde Park," Aaron said.

SET PIX plans to launch a second season of "Gateway" this year.