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Tina Desai to romance Dev Patel

hollywood Updated: Nov 19, 2010 14:03 IST
Minakshi Saini
Minakshi Saini
Hindustan Times
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Her first Bollywood film is yet to hit theatres, and actor Tina Desai has already landed a dream role in a Hollywood film titled

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

. Desai, who is currently shooting for the film in Jaipur, stars opposite actor Dev Patel. Directed by John Madden, the film also stars Hollywood legends such as Julie Christie and Dame Judi Dench.

Desai plays Patel’s love interest, and while she’s hesitant to talk about their chemistry, she says, “I am super excited. Dev and I will be seen romancing each other.”

Dev Patel

But, getting there was far from easy. “Before I got the role, I had to give three long auditions. First in front of the casting director, then with John Madden and then with the film’s producer and Madden again. But, it went off smoothly; John’s a great guy. He kept cracking jokes and made us comfortable.”

Shooting for the rom-com began earlier this month in Udaipur. “Working with a Hollywood crew is not too different, but they are more organised.”

A Bengaluru girl, Desai moved to Mumbai two years ago, where she started her modelling career. She has done 38 advertisements, in the course of which she worked with actors Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Saif Ali Khan, among others. Her first film,

Yeh Faasle

, stars actor Anupam Kher and is slated to release next month.