'Slumdog' folks lend hand to IFC


The "Slumdog Millionaire" kids aren't the only members of the movie's India team getting a boost.

IFC's production of "Bollywood Hero," starring Chris Kattan, has tapped "Slumdog" partner Take One Prods. to supply the crew for the three-part miniseries' India-based efforts.

Line producer Tabrez Noorani and his team — including choreographer Longinus Fernandes, who created the "Slumdog" closing-credits dance sequence — will assist the show's production, which begins this weekend in Mumbai.

Also, the network has signed actors Julian Sands ("A Room With a View") and Neha Dhupia (a former Miss India who appeared in "Shootout at Lokhandwala") for featured roles in the project.

IFC hopes interest in the Oscar-winning film boosts viewership prospects for "Bollywood." Kattan plays a fictionalized version of himself, a frustrated Hollywood actor who ventures to India to star in a traditional Bollywood film. (partialdiff)