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Bollywood dishes a Swiss hit

world Updated: Aug 27, 2009 00:58 IST

Shah Rukh Khan winks from the wall as you bite into your chicken curry and wash it down with champagne, your eyes glued to the latest Bollywood blockbuster. You're at Bollywood, the Indian restaurant in the Alps, 3,500 metres above sea level.

Urs Zumbrunn Perren is such a Bollywood fan that he didn't even think of another name when he opened his Indian restaurant in this playground of the world's rich and famous seven years ago.

“I have tried to create a mini-Bollywood in my restaurant with posters of Bollywood movies, Bollywood music and films. We serve pure Indian food here,” said Perren.

You can sample champagne and Swiss chocolate as your eyes roam around the 100-odd posters from Bollywood and regional Indian cinema before settling on the giant screen that is showing tonight's Hindi movie.

“It is my tribute to Bollywood cinema and great Indian food," said Perren.

There are plenty of others ready to worship at the same shrine. The restaurant hosts about 1,000 foodies and Bollywood fans every day.

"Not only among Indians, the restaurant is also popular with tourists coming to Jungfraujoch from across the world," said Perren.

Surrounded by snow-covered peaks of the Alps, Jungfraujoch is one of Europe's most attractive excursion destinations. Around 5,000 visitors travel every day to this place, known as the "Top of Europe".