While you may not usually get up early on Sunday mornings, this week IFC is making it worthwhile, because “Bollywood Hero” is airing at 8:15 a.m. ET. “Bollywood Hero” is an IFC Original three-part mini-series starring Chris Kattan (Saturday Night Live) as an actor tired of being rejected as a leading-man in Hollywood. So he burns his professional bridges in L.A. and accepts a starring role in the Bollywood film “Peculiar Dancing Boy.” From the moment he steps off the plane, Chris is flung into a world of sibling rivalry, cultural faux pas, a film with no funding, power hungry starlets, and a movie industry, as competitive and cutthroat as Hollywood, where dance moves are essential. This all leads to a pivotal moment when Chris finds himself making out with a horse, but Kattan will stop at nothing to conquer his destiny and become a “Bollywood Hero.”
The epic mini-series also stars Maya Rudolph(SNL, Bridesmaids), Julian Sands (A Room with a View, Gothic), Neha Dhupia (former Miss India, Shootout at Lokhandwala), Pooja Kumar (Flavors, former Miss India U.S.A.), Ali Fazal (The Other End of the Line) and Rashaana Shah (The Last Monk). Of course there is no shortage of guest appearances by such luminaries as Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Coolidge, David Alan Grier, and Andy Samberg.
Sunday morning we are showing all three parts back-to-back, so set your alarm (or your DVR) and watch the Mumbai action unfold. Here’s a taste of the amazing dance sequences that were choreographed by Longinus Fernandes, who did the dance numbers in Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire”:
And did we mention the flash mob?
“Bollywood Hero” airs on IFC on Sunday at 8:15 a.m. ET