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 colorful 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 colorful 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 color 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.