Indian movie star Anupam Kher is opening the UK's first Bollywood acting school this fall.

Kher says the school is a spinoff of his Actor Prepares academy based in Mumbai, India.

'The Bollywood section of the course will be prominent but it won't be the only thing we teach.' —Anupam Kher

Bollywood is a term referring to India's prolific film industry, based in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), which churns out hundreds of films a year.

"[It] will become the springboard to launch schools around the world," said Kher, who says he also plans to open schools in Durban, South Africa and Sydney, Australia.

"During the filming of 'Bend it like Beckham' it became obvious to me that there was enormous potential to build much stronger links between UK and Indian cinema," Kher said in reference to the 2002 British film about an English girl who defies her Sikh parents by playing soccer.

The school will offer a three-month intensive course, starting this September, taught by Bollywood actors and filmmakers.

Sixty students will be accepted for the first intake, paying £6,000 each (about $12,000 CDN) for the privilege.

Open to all ethnicities

Kher, who says he won't be teaching old-style, "clichéd" Bollywood acting methods, says the school will be open to students of all backgrounds.

"There are Britishers who want to act in Bollywood films as well," he told The Times newspaper, emphasizing the school's content will not only be about Bollywood.

"Of course, the Bollywood section of the course will be prominent but it won't be the only thing we teach. There is a film tradition section."

The school is a partnership between Kher's academy, the Ealing Institute of Media and the municipal organization, Heathrow City Partnership.

"I am determined to tap into the local British Asian population's love affair with Bollywood and use this as a catalyst to create new skills, jobs and business opportunities," said Heathrow City Partnership chief executive Ash Verma.

"It makes perfect sense for the UK and India to use their shared passion for cinema to create something special to enrich both our nations."

Both countries have seen more co-productions over the years.  Indian films are now regularly shot in Britain with regional governments offering incentives for Indian film producers.