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HindustanTimes Tue,29 Jul 2014

Grand Masti makers shoot at historical Laxmi Vilas Palace

Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, November 29, 2012
First Published: 16:10 IST(29/11/2012) | Last Updated: 16:12 IST(29/11/2012)
Grand Masti, a sequel to the hit film Masti (2004), has acquired the privileged status of being the only film to be shot at Gujarat’s iconic heritage site—The Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara — in recent times.

The comedy, which is co-produced by Ashok Thakeria and Indra Kumar, with Kumar helming the direction, was shot in rare locales of the stunning palace with the full cast in tow: Vivek Oberoi, Riteish Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani, Pradeep Rawat, Suresh Menon, Karishma Tanna, Manjari Fadnis, Sonalee, Kainaat Arora, Bruna Abdalah and Maryam Zakaria.

A source close to the film says, “Laxmi Vilas Palace is beautiful and huge. It has an old-world charm combined with a lot of contemporary art as well. Moreover, it suited the requirements of the song . The palace still remains the residence of the royal family, which is held in high esteem by the residents of Vadodara.”

Ask producer Ashok Thakeria about the details of the shoot and he says, “We have shot the title song at the grand Durbar Hall of the Laxmi Vilas Palace. I have a very old connection with this city and we absolutely loved shooting at the palace!”
The source adds, “The cast had a fantastic time shooting there and all of them even indulged in authentic Gujarati food on the sets.”
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