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Kabir Bedi in Farrukh Dhondy film

By Viral Bhayani, IANS


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Acclaimed writer Farrukh Dhondy's newest film does for urban club music what "Bend It Like Beckham" did for soccer.

Three feisty London girls set out to make it big time with an audacious plan to transform an empty warehouse into the city's most happening club. Move over Eminem. These girls are after your crown.

Their unlikely ally is an Asian businessman who has lost all his money, to add to the deeper loss he and his wife have never recovered from - the death of their twelve year old daughter.

Mo, the businessman, sees the glimmer of an unlikely way out of the urban ghetto for all of them, when he hatches a plan to pool his last few resources with the girls' singing, DJ and rap talents.

The plan: to convert his now empty warehouse into London's hippest new venue. If it works, the girls will be catapulted from a dark world of squats and the dole queue to international music stardom. If it fails, the dreams of all five die with it.

This well-paced film combines great music with engaging comedy and the kind of 'will they, won't they make it' tension of films like "The Commitments" and "Billy Elliott".

The three girls of the title are: Lyla, a beautiful Asian girl with the voice of an angel, played by actress Karen David, fresh from the West End hit "Mamma Mia"; Patsy, a tough-talking DJ diva, played by Charlie Brooks from TV's "Eastenders"; and Spot, played by Caroline Chikeze of the TV series "Footballers' Wives", a talented rapper who shares a squat with Patsy and hides a dark secret.

Mo is played by wellknown Bollywood actor Kabir Bedi and his wife Romila, who becomes the girls' stand-in mother, by acclaimed Indian film star Soni Razdan.

Directed by respected film and TV director Baz Taylor and produced by Meenu Bachan, Vibha Bhatnagar and former Head of Drama at Channel Four, Peter Ansorge, this is the fifth film in the rapidly-expanding stable of production company Inspired Movies.

It marks the first English language feature film from the company, which specialises in combining Indian and British movie talent.

The film is due for release in November.




 
 

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