The Cheetah Girls were in India earlier this year for 16 days of on-location filming for their third movie,"The Cheetah Girls: One World."
The film, which will premiere on the Disney Channel in August, is patterned on the made-in-India Bollywood films (more on them below). The girls landed in India's capital, Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), but filming took place in Udaipur, a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
Raven-Symoné, who played Galleria and is best known for her own Disney show, "That's So Raven," is moving on in her career and isn't a part of this "Cheetah Girls" movie. But the other three Cheetahs -- Kiely Williams (Aqua), Sabrina Bryan (Dorinda) and Adrienne Bailon (Chanel) -- all took time out from their crazy filming schedule to talk by phone with KidsPost's Jennifer Frey about what it's like to make a movie in a country that none of them had visited before.
Here are some snippets from those conversations:
Kiely, explaining what a Bollywood film is and how this Cheetah Girls script fits in with that:
"You're definitely going to learn about the traditional Bollywood film. It has all the elements: romance, a wedding, family. Usually there's [a girl from] an affluent family and a poor, unassuming guy -- and they fall in love. We're melding traditional Bollywood dance with hip-hop. We definitely go all out for our wedding scene: total, complete saris."
Don't worry: Kiely added that none of the Cheetah Girls becomes a bride.
Sabrina, on adjusting to Indian food, which often has spicy curry powder:
"My stomach was not a fan of Bombay. [She and Kiely both got sick their first week there.] But now I can safely say that my stomach loves it."
Adrienne, on what kids will learn about India from the movie:
"Kids are really going to see what a vibrant culture India has. They are going to love the clothing, the dancing, the music. It's super-festive."
Kiely, on meeting unexpected traveling companions while being driven to the set:
"Cows are common. They walk in the road; they're lying down in the road. And camels. And it's also not uncommon to see an elephant walking when you're driving: 'There's an elephant!' 'No problem, go around him.' "
Sabrina, on poverty in India:
"The kids, it's their job every day to be there on the side of the street trying to ask for food and for money. It just makes you grateful. It's something every teenager should come and [see] to understand how much we have in the States."
Adrienne, on what she liked most about Indian culture:
"How helpful everyone is. It was so nice to see that even people who may not speak the same language as you really do try to communicate and help you.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
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