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'Mr Bean' lookalike set for Bollywood

A 49-year-old mortgage broker is heading for Bollywood after impressing film producers with his take on the beloved comedy character Mr Bean.

Steve Keefe from Hockley Heath, Solihull gave up his job as a mortgage broker seven years ago to play the character full time. Steve said:

“People kept telling me I was like Mr Bean and, before I knew it, I was doing birthday parties, music festivals and making public appearances.

“I couldn’t believe it when I got the film call.”

Rowan Atkinson created and played Mr Bean in a hit comedy series in the early 1990s. The slapstick hero is still well-known across the world, and according to Steve, "massive in Asia".

Producers saw his take on Mr Bean - known as 'Mr Asbean' - after Steve uploaded a video to file sharing site YouTube. So far it has been viewed more than 3.4 million times.

Here is a clip of the video that landed Steve his film role (credit: Media Impact):

Steve will be playing a bumbling policeman character called "in the style of Mr Bean" in the film Total Siyapaa - translated as Total Chaos.

Click here to see Steve's full five minute routine.


Bollywood influenced 'pioneers' of British bhangra

Like Taz from Stereo Nation, Shin and his band DCS were also known as pioneers of British bhangra. Shin, from Birmingham, was heavily influenced by the Golden Age of Bollywood.

He spoke to Sameena Ali-Khan about his biggest influence, one of the most famous playback singers in the history of Indian Cinema - Mohammed Rafi. Last year, Shin was involved with a Rafi tribute concert by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Stereo Nation's Taz: Bollywood made my career by stealing my song

In the 1980s and 1990s, Bollywood music was hugely popular in the UK. But it was British artists, like Taz from Stereo Nation, who pioneered a unique sound, creating an East-meets-West sound.

In fact, Bollywood liked one of his tracks so much, they reproduced it for a film without his permission.

Taz, from Coventry, has told Sameena Ali-Khan that it turned out to be a springboard for his career.


Shropshire actor learnt Hindi for Bollywood film

An actor from Shropshire who starred in Oscar-nominated Bollywood film Lagaan has spoken to Sameena Ali-Khan about working with Aamir Khan and what it was like working in India.

Paul Blackthorne spent three months learning Hindi before the four-month shoot in the Kutch district of the state of Gujarat in Western India.

But 12 years after the film's release, has he remembered his Hindi?

Paul talks about what it was like to work on Lagaan, his current projects and his recent experience on the Severn Valley Railway.

Bollywood extra chats about his silver screen debut

Dharminder Shoker, an assets manager at the University of Leicester, was managing the schedule for location scouts for the film Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, which was filmed across the Midlands last year.

As a result, he was offered a minor part in the film as a bank manager, in a scene with Sunny Deol.

He spoke to Sameena Ali-Khan about his experience.

Actor: Working with Aamir Khan was 'great experience'

An actor from Shropshire who starred in Oscar-nominated Bollywood film Lagaan says the four-month stint in India was a 'great experience'.

Paul Blackthorne told ITV News Central working with legendary actor and producer Aamir Khan in the 2001 hit was 'an extra special treat'.

Lagaan (meaning Land Tax) was filmed in the Kutch district in western India.

It was set in the time of the British Raj and told the story of poor villagers who faced ruin because their taxes were doubled by their rulers.

The solution was to challenge the British to play a Cricket match with the prospect of their taxes being cancelled if they beat them.

The film was a huge hit and just missed winning an Oscar in the Best Foreign film category in 2002.

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