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Indian Dream - a magical tale of misfortune, self-discovery and love

Chris Bisson takes on his first lead role as Surender, an English teacher from a village in India who comes to England on holiday to visit the places that have inspired his favourite English writers.

Indian Dream (BBC TWO), winner of the BBC's prestigious Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award, is written by Avie Luthra.

What should be the trip of a lifetime is turned upside down when Surender loses his passport and is arrested at customs as an illegal immigrant.

Frightened that he will have to stay in a detention centre, Surender takes flight ending up in the picturesque village of Sedgton.

Once there, he discovers that the local amateur dramatic society is missing a Puck for its production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

By pretending to be the local doctor's cousin, Surender auditions for and wins the part.

But Sedgton is a village which is not at all fond of immigrants, especially the illegal kind. Can Surender play Puck, woo the prettiest girl in the village and keep his true identity a secret?

Indian Dream also stars Doon Mackichan as Penny, director of A Midsummer Night's Dream; Nitin Ganatra as Dr Rajiv Reddy; Koel Purie as his sister Neeraj and Anthony Calf as David, producer of the play.

Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, says: "Indian Dream is a warm, entertaining, funny and poignant film, where the arrival of a stranger forces a group of villagers to face their long-held prejudices.

"Indian Dream maintains the tradition of the BBC's Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award, underlining the BBC's commitment to discovering and promoting exciting new talent."

Chris Bisson played Coronation Street taxi driver Vikram Desai, and was a contestant of the recent series of I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

He has a cameo role in Shameless, an offbeat drama that charts the unpredictable chapters of family life, for Channel 4 by State of Play writer Paul Abbott.

The BBC's Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award was set up in 1995 to nurture and encourage the work of new writers with flair and personal vision.

Since winning the Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award in 2001, Avie Luthra has been commissioned to write a contemporary version of Chaucer's The Sea Captain's Tale as part of BBC ONE's forthcoming production of The Canterbury Tales.

Avie Luthra, who is also a practising psychiatrist, graduated from the Director's Course at the National Film and Television School in 2001.

He wrote, produced and directed Shopkeeping, which was a finalist for the New York Expo awards.

Luthra went on to win the Red Production Company's Northern Soul Script Competition with Cross My Heart, a twenty minute short which he wrote and later directed, starring Sophie Okonedo and Saeed Jaffrey.

Riot, a 60 minute drama in conjunction with the BBC and Red Production Company, was nominated for the Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award in 2000.

Indian Dream is produced by Eleanor Greene. The executive producers are Jeremy Howe for the BBC, David Thompson for BBC Films and Ann Harrison-Baxter for Red Production Company.

It is a Red Production for BBC TWO and will be screened later this year.

Notes to Editors

Indian Dream is part of BBC TWO's Big Dreams season which aims to look at Asian life in Britain and the crossover between the two cultures.

Indian Dream was developed under the working title of The Village.

Asian aspiration and achievement - Big Dreams on BBC TWO (22.08.03)

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