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Bollywood film shot in the city opens tomorrow ; MAD MADDER MADDEST 2: COMEDY FILMED IN FAMILIAR LOCATIONS

June 6, 2013

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A Bollywood blockbuster filmed in Leicester is due to open in the city tomorrow.

Action comedy Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 (Mad Madder Maddest 2) features stars Sunny and Bobby Deol, alongside their father, Dharmendra.

It will be shown at the Odeon, in Freemens Park, after a premiere in India this week.

Director Sangeeth Sivan used hundreds of students from the University of Leicester as extras, alongside scores more who applied for a part in the film following an appeal in the Mercury. Dancers Nimisha Patel, 23, and her boyfriend Durgesh Makwana, 25, were two of the 700-strong support cast.

They run DNS Productions dance troupe and took 10 of their dancers to the shoot in September.

Nimisha, from Hamilton, Leicester, said: I can't wait to see the film. I'm very excited.

We're taking our dance troupe to see the film this weekend.

University spokesman Ather Mirza said: It is an inspiration for our students to work with stars of the calibre of Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby. As a film industry dynasty, they are tremendously well- respected and well-known. The film also features Anupam Ker, who starred alongside Leicester's Parminder Nagra in Bend it like Beckham.

Scenes were filmed in Belgrave Road and MacDonald Road, at New Walk Museum and the National Space Centre.

In the county, a lavish wedding scene was filmed at Stanford Hall.

Ker, who plays a comedy villain, tweeted a photo of himself at the National Space Centre, where he spent the night filming.

He wrote: What an amazing place to be in. Educative and entertaining.

The university's David Wilson Library, Charles Wilson Building, botanical gardens and The Knoll student hall of residence also appear.

Sunny Deol plays a mature student at the university.

Mr Deol, 56, whose wife is from Rutland and whose children were born in Leicester, said: We have been made to feel very welcome.

The scenes shot at the University of Leicester are an integral part of the film. It's a beautiful location for what will be a fabulous family film.

Dharmendra, 77, who has performed in 275 Indian films, said: Leicester is such a lovely location and we were very pleased to be able to film here.

Leicester has been used as a backdrop in previous Bollywood films.

Raakh (Ashes) was filmed in the city in 2004 and Is Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doo (What Name Shall I Call Our Love) in 2001. Are you going to see to Mad, Madder, Maddest 2 this weekend? Send in a 150-word review of the film and we'll print as many as we can in the paper or online. E-mail: newsdesk@leicestermercury.co.uk

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