Richard Gere is down-to-earth, caring: Tina Desai

  • Namita S Kalla, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Mar 18, 2015 19:12 IST

Tina Desai, the girl who is currently making waves in Hollywood with the film The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, is excited about the film releasing in India.

Revealing her experience of working with the veteran actor Richard Gere in the film, Desai said, "He is very down-to-earth and caring. I remember one day when his share of shoot was finished, he came up to see my shoot for a dance sequence. He not only saw my performance but also recorded the same on his mobile and later appreciated my work. He was very generous with compliments and made me feel at ease at all times."

A large part of the film was shot in two of the most beautiful cities of Rajasthan -- Udaipur and Jaipur. Talking about the shooting, the actor said, "I was doing the project with two good looking men, Dev Patel and Richard Gere. To top it all up, we were shooting at the two most romantic cities of Rajasthan. It was indeed a dream come true for me. I want to visit these places yet again but when I am on a vacation."

The cheerful actor expressed her love for spicy Rajasthani food and the colourful bazaars. "I got to eat a lot of Rajasthani food and the more I got, the more I craved for the delicacies. Gere would limit his choice of food as he follows a strict diet but the others, including me, gorged on the yummy food. The sweets at LMB were my favourite." Said Desai.

She also walked down the colourful bazaars. "For one of the scenes, we wanted a Bandhani dupatta. I walked into the myriad hued Bapu Bazaar and was amazed to see so many beautiful things including clothing, leather footwear, jewellery, traditional toys and accessories. I wish I had more time to move around and make a few purchases."

Speaking about the hospitality in Rajasthan, she said, "We received such warm welcome both from the locals as well as the royal families of Jaipur and Udaipur. The erstwhile royal families of both the places invited us over for dinner and it was an awesome experience."

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