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Gateway getaway for Brangelina, kids

In the last leg of their shooting, the star couple is enjoying Mumbai's sights and sounds, writes Udita Jhunjhunwala.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 11:10 IST

In Mumbai for the last leg of its shooting in India, the crew and its celebrity cast of A Mighty Heart — including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie — are absorbing the sights and sounds of the city.

And, apart from the Enfield bike that Brad Pitt is believed to have purchased from a dealer in Pune, he and partner Angelina Jolie are sure to take back pleasant memories from Mumbai too.

Besides shopping for footwear and children’s products, Brangelina, as they are popularly called, attended a cast and crew party at Colaba’s Indigo on Saturday night.

Sources in their crew, who did not wish to be named as they are not authorised to speak to the media, said the couple was thoroughly enjoying their stay at the hotel, especially the sea view from their suite.
 
They are also excited about staying at the Taj Mahal Hotel’s Rajput suite, which was once inhabited by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

They added that stories about Brangelina's plans to adopt an Indian baby are "totally baseless" as are reports of "Y-category security due to threats from Al-Qaeda."

Before returning to the US this weekend, Jolie will wrap up shooting for the film, while Pitt is expected to make a trip to Rajasthan for shooting an ad film.

The film, A Mighty Heart, is based on the book by Marianne Pearl documenting the life of her husband, slain journalist Daniel Pearl. Among the shooting locations listed are The Gateway of India, McDonalds, Colaba, the Taj Mahal Hotel, Elphinstone College and other South Mumbai locations.

When asked to confirm the same, Indian line producer Aarti Surendranath said, “We are hoping to shoot Mumbai as it is, with its everyday energy. To portray that we need to be careful not to reveal our shooting locations.”

The production’s offices are set up close in the Palkhi restaurant building, owned by Kishan Mulchandani.

The film, that is co-produced by Pitt’s company Plan B, will be directed by Michael Winterbottom and also stars Daniel Futterman, Archie Punjabi and Irrfan Khan.

Email udita.jhunjhunwala@hindustantimes.com