The British animation studio Aardman (Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Lycanthrope) is partnering with filmmaker Gurinder Chadha (I want to be like Beckham) in a Bollywood-inspired feature.
The musical will tell the story of Bodhi, a young Indian elephant from the jungles of Kerala with an impossible dream: to be a Bollywood dancer.
Chadha will direct and co-write the script with Paul Mayeda Berges, under the banner of his production company Bend It Networks.
Chadha said: “Aardman is a great British national treasure. I am honored and excited to bring my unique British vision to your highly acclaimed animation studio. His work has a lot of heart, humor and affection, and we share a love for authentic and joyous stories of the homeless about memorable characters, so it really is a perfect match. “
Peter Lord, Creative Director of Aardman, added: “We are very excited to collaborate with Gurinder, a truly great director whose beautiful, funny and warm storytelling we have long admired. His talent, when combined with the team here at Aardman, promises something new and extraordinary in the world of animation. “
Aardman and Bend It Networks will work with Indian speakers, musicians and designers on the project, which is in advanced development.
Chadha, the last TV series of 2019 directed Beecham House and movie Blinded by the light. In the same year, Aardman released the sequel. A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon.