|The Cheetah Girls: One World|
|Based on||The Cheetah Girls|
by Deborah Gregory
|Screenplay by||Dan Berendsen|
|Story by||Dan Berendsen|
|Directed by||Paul Hoen|
|Music by||David Lawrence|
|Country of origin||United States|
Debra Martin Chase
|Running time||84 minutes|
|Production companies||Khussro Films|
Martin Chase Productions
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Preceded by||The Cheetah Girls 2|
The Cheetah Girls: One World (also known as The Cheetah Girls 3 or The Cheetah Girls 3: One World) is a 2008 Disney Channel Original Movie which premiered on Disney Channel on August 22, 2008. It is the third and final film of The Cheetah Girls trilogy, and the only film not to feature Raven-Symoné.
With Galleria away at Cambridge, Chanel (Adrienne Bailon), Dorinda (Sabrina Bryan), and Aqua (Kiely Williams) are left as a trio and are cast in the lavish Bollywood movie "Namaste Bombay". The Cheetah Girls travel across the globe to India. There, they meet Rahim (Rupak Ginn), the man cast as the lead, whom they realize is attractive, yet somewhat clumsy. After meeting the movie's choreographer, Gita (Deepti Daryanani), a dance battle erupts between themselves and Gita with her backup dancers. They subsequently discover that the musical's director, Vikram "Vik" (Michael Steger), must choose only one Cheetah for the role as the budget is only enough for one star.
When it becomes apparent that they must travel home, they are upset, until realizing they may each try out for the lead. Though they all make a promise to be fair in the competition, situations arise in which each member becomes jealous of the others' specific talents. Chanel befriends Vik, Dorinda befriends Rahim, and Aqua befriends a boy she has been in contact with since before leaving America, Amar (Kunal Sharma). Each girl is led to believe the producer of the film, Khamal (Roshan Seth), Vik's uncle, will choose her after the audition. Chanel is told because she is the better singer, she will receive the role, while Dorinda is promised the role as she is the best dancer, while Aqua is convinced the coveted role will be hers as she is the best actress. The three Cheetahs audition against one another with Chanel being awarded the role, which she later refuses realizing, as do the other Cheetahs, that friendship and unity are more important than furthering their individual or group careers.
After refusing the role, they set to convince Khamal to award Gita as the lead, to which he reluctantly agrees, ending in a scene from "Namaste Bombay" in which the Cheetahs sing and dance the titular song, "One World".
In early 2007, Disney Channel announced the film with the plot involving the Cheetah Girls going to India to star in a Bollywood production. Like The Cheetah Girls 2, it was filmed on location in a foreign country. In March, Bailon stated the movie would film for a three-month period, in India, and that she had been doing research for the film. She also stated that "all of the original cast will be back". However, Raven-Symoné later confirmed in August that she would not return for this film due to "catfights" and "territorial issues" behind the scenes of the second film. Nearly a decade later, Symoné would reveal she did not appear in the third film due to feeling "excluded" and "ostracized" during production of The Cheetah Girls 2.
The film was shot on location in Udaipur and Mumbai in India from January to April 2008. Like High School Musical 2, Disney Channel featured a "play your part" role, where viewers and fans could choose elements of the film through the website. This took place from December 31, 2007 to February 1, 2008.
Main article: The Cheetah Girls: One World (soundtrack)
The soundtrack was released on August 19, 2008. The soundtrack contains elements of both hip hop and Indian music.
The movie premiered to over 6.2 million viewers, and reached 7 million viewers in its final half hour. This still failed to meet the ratings of the first two and was the series' lowest-rated premiere. In the UK, its premiere night scored 412,000 on Disney Channel UK, making it #1 of the week, and received 182,000 on Disney Channel UK +1, also #1 on that channel for the week, totalling 594,000.
The "Extended Music Edition" DVD and Blu-ray Disc of The Cheetah Girls: One World, was released on December 16, 2008 in the United States. It includes an exclusive music sequence titled "Feels Like Love", as well as a downloadable exclusive remixed version of "Feels Like Love". It also featured a "Rock-Along" mode, "Cheetah Spots", and an alternate version of the movie with pop-up fun facts and music videos. The Region 2 DVD was released on March 16, 2009.