Hot on the heels of the Academy Awards and commercial success of Slumdog Millionaire, Bollywood producer Govind Menon and US independent executive William Keenan have launched the Indian-US production consultancy Nuclear Mango.

Based in Los Angeles, New York and Mumbai, Nuclear Mango's core business will be the strategic packaging of creative, technical and financing partners for East-West feature collaborations.

The company has set up the physical production arm Nuclear Mango Studios to produce and finance low to mid-size projects catering to global audiences. The pipeline includes an untitled project that will shoot in Los Angeles later this year starring Bollywood siren Mallika Sherawat, the star of 2003 Bollywood hit Khwahish (Desire) and 2005's The Myth opposite Jackie Chan.

Nuclear Mango is currently consulting for Shah Rukh Khan, the Bollywood legend who is the biggest film star in the world based on audience reach, and his Red Chilles Entertainment's as well as film-maker Anubhav Sinha. The latter is producing Paul Schrader's first Bollywood project Extreme City, which will shoot this year in Mumbai. The company's clientele also includes top Mumbai-based production companies Eros International and Dharma Productions.

Menon's Split Image Pictures and Keenan first collaborated, as producers, on the upcoming fantasy horror Hisss, directed in India by Jennifer Lynch in what they claim is the first Bollywood picture directed by an American. Menon and Keenan are talking with sales agents and North American distributors. Hisss stars Sherawat as the mythological vengeful Snake Woman alongside Slumdog Millionaire's Irrfan Khan.

Keenan helped facilitate the deal with Lynch and was responsible for providing key American creative and technical crew including visual effects veteran Robert Kurtzman, who designed the creature elements and supervised all effects.

'Collaborations between India and the US will continue to resemble the migration of international creative artists that came to America during its own cinematic Golden Age.' Menon said. 'Nuclear Mango is at the forefront of a new wave of East-West production deals and can offer a wide range of access to talent, financing, production and distribution resources that can benefit the global film market.'

'There is a huge demand in Asia for creative and technical talent from the west and Nuclear Mango will help film-makers navigate through cultural differences and individual filmmaking techniques,' Keenan said. 'India's appetite for new stories and storytellers continues to grow and we will consult on and produce quality commercial projects for audiences all over the globe.'

Menon has directed four features including Khwahish, one of the top box office successes of the year in 2003 that launched the career of Sherawat.

Keenan is a former actor whose credits include Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and Friends With Money. He produced Waiting and O.M.C. and is serving as the lead creative producer on Poor Things, currently in development with Shirley MacLaine and Brittany Murphy attached to star.