Bollywood Bound

200256 min 6 secFilm: Documentary

Direction: Nisha Pahuja

Production: Karen King-ChigboLouise Lore

Bollywood, India's vast movie-making centre, produces more than 300 movies annually, surpassing Hollywood many times. Each day hundreds of people descend on the city of Bombay with Bollywood dreams in their eyes. They come from the fields of Punjab, the plains of Gujarat, the deserts of Rajasthan and more recently... the suburbs of Canada.

Bollywood Bound is the story of four young Canadians looking for fame ... Indian style. Raised on a diet of Hindi movies, success in Indian cinema does not seem so far away to these young actors.

At home, they would consider themselves lucky to land small ethnic roles in television or movies. But in Bombay, they could be big! These young, hip, well-educated and middle class talents project a unique East-West blend of cultures that is increasingly coveted by Asian audiences.

Follow the ups and downs of Neeru, Vikram, Vekeana and Ruby, already the most famous Canadian in India, from casting calls to auditions and rehearsals - as Bollywood Bound conveys a new twist on an old showbiz tale. Amid the fast-changing world of cultural convergence this is also the story of finding one's own place in the world.

Subject categories

  • Film and Video Arts > ActingCommunity and Society
  • Foreign Countries > Asia
  • Developing Countries > India, Nepal and Pakistan


Nisha Pahuja
Karen King-Chigbo
Steve Weslak
director of photography
Ali Kazimi
sound recordist
P.M. Satheesh
sound design
Ed Douglas
executive producer
Louise Lore
director mentor
Ali Kazimi
creative consultant
Kalyani Vittala
Paromita Vohra
Vikram Chandra
director's intern
Pamila Matharu
pre-production co-ordinator
Anjali Panjabi
location manager
Pradip Acharya
production consultant
Kalyan Mukherjee
production supervisor
Kemp Archibald
James Fiege
assistant production supervisor
Mark Wilson
Michael Sardella
production coordinator
Nadine Simunic
program administrator
Ida Di Fruscia
additional cinematography
C.K. Muraleedharan
Avijit Mukul Kishore
Kirk Tougas
Naren Shankar
Terry Zazulak
Gundar Lipsbergs
Nisha Pahuja
Kemp Archibald
additional sound recording
Leigh Hunt Wilks
Jeff Carter
Sanjay Mehta
Steve McNamee
Jissy Michael
Caleb A. Mose
assistant video editor
Anita Malhotra
Merle Alexander
additional video editor
Jacqueline Carmody
Didier Kennel
assistant sound editor
Patricia Quintanilla
production assistant
Branden Bratuhin
stills photographer
Paul Fairweather
Vincent Wong
Ali Kazimi
Priya Sewani
Nisha Pahuja
visual researcher
Pankaj Rishi Kumar
Nisha Pahuja
Pamila Matharu
Mo-Ling Chui
music clearances
Ann Mayall
Pankaj Rishi Kumar
Nisha Pahuja
Pamila Matharu
online editor
Andrew Mandziuk
Andrew Mandziuk
Rostrum camera
Ronaldo Vesouza
title design
Alex Boothby