About the Series
From strobe-lit studios in Mumbai, to back-alley village sets in the shadow of communal strife, MANUFACTURING DREAMS shines a spotlight on a society where rising prosperity has set traditional values in turmoil. Our characters are seen through the colourful prism of Bollywood From would-be actors to stoic nightwatchman, Manufacturing Dreams pulls back the curtain on the new India, revealing intensely vivid lives lived in Bollywood’s colourful shadow: a spectacular world of bright profiles … and stark divisions.
The show opens with a lavish Bollywood-themed wedding in the nation’s capital. The bride to be, Neha Chopra, has just met the man her father chose for her. 8,000 guests are invited to the spectacle. Geeta Samuel, a top wedding planner (with a crew of 3200) is helping achieve the bride’s dream of the best wedding in Delhi. Geeta blesses the day she gave up dreams of being a civil servant.
Outside, Pradeep, the night-watchman begins work: standing guard at a five-star hotel hosting another lavish wedding. He fears he won’t be able to afford even a modest wedding for his four-year old daughter and worse, he fears she might try for a love marriage. He has no use for Bollywood’s new movies: “I don’t like the fact that the guy is from one caste and the girl is from a different one.”
In a high-tech studio in the city-of-dreams itself, Mumbai, a former chartered accountant lives out his dream as a celebrity radio disc-jockey. While his family back home frets about finding him a bride, Tarun is unworried (and unhurried) in searching for a wife.
A few hundred kilometers inland, in a dusty village, two young Muslim friends, Farogh and Sheikh, are struggling to make their own cheap knock-offs of the latest Bollywood hits. And with more than 300 channels, television is moving the furniture in India’s social system. On the set of the popular soap opera “Bidaai” — the delicate issue of skin colour is tackled head-on, challenging viewers in a country where some of the biggest stars advertise skin-whitening creams.
On the most populated stage in the world, Manufacturing Dreams’ characters traverse social and cultural divides
Anuradha and Abinayasri
A well-known item girl (film dancer) of yesteryear in Telugu films in South India. She is an experienced veteran of Indian cinema and now her daughter Abinayasri has the same ambition to succeed as a dancer.
Geeta is one of Delhi’s most successful wedding planners, a job that speaks to the changing times. A decade ago she had her heart set on a staid, safe civil service job.
A hip young star DJ at Radio Mirchi FM in Mumbai. The confident 27-year-old was a chartered accountant, but now he lives the life of a swinging bachelor, while his parents and brother fret about his single state and constantly try to find him a bride.
Pradeep is a nightwatchman at a 5-star hotel, with a stoic work-ethic and even more stoic sensibility. He has a very clear-cut view of what’s right and wrong with India today. A lot that’s wrong is Bollywood and its new morality. He lives in a poor neighbourhood and plans modestly for the future of his children.
Anupam is one of India’s most celebrated actors. He is a veteran Bollywood star who is passionate about the place cinema has always occupied in Indian culture.
A millionaire’s daughter with dreams to have the biggest wedding in New Delhi. She’s getting married Bollywood style … to a man her father picked out and she’s only just met. Her wedding will last 14 days and 8000 guests are coming.
Farogh lives in Malegaon, a small town 300 kilometres from Mumbai. He is a classic character struggling to rise from his surroundings. An impoverished actor and writer and father of three children, Farogh has dreams of becoming a star in Bollywood. But for now he makes home-made versions of the latest Bollywood hits with his best friend. As a Muslim in a small town, he struggles with issues of communal tension constantly.
Directed and Produced by
Written and Produced by
Director of Photography
Field Sound Recording
Original Music Composed by
Art Director / Graphic Design
Executive Director, CBC Documentary Programming
Executives in Charge of Production
SUSAN DANDO (CBC)
CLAUDIA RUETE (ZDF)
LOWRI GWILYM (S4C)
ANN JULIENNE (FRANCE 5)
GAIL CARR CDC
Post Production Supervisor
Associate Business Managers
Assistant to Mark Starowicz
Additional Sound Recording
Production Coordination (India)
MOHAMMED AKBAR KHAN
Parul Chauhan Aleem Faizee
Jaaved Jaffrey Ruchi Jain
Sara Khan Amrish Pershad
Akram Khan Trambak Nikaljey
The Vishwanathan Family (Delhi)
An Actor Prepares Acting School
Aurora Cinema, Mumbai
Hyde Park Entertainment
JW Marriott Hotel, Mumbai
Sudha Real Estate, Mumbai
Sahara One Television
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