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My mother was born in Kolkata, grandad was doctor here: Orlando

Bloom, who has been invited to the country by the UP government, speaks about his India connect and meeting Sridevi.

hollywood Updated: Dec 21, 2015 18:48 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times
Orlando Bloom,Kolkata,Actor
Bloom, who has been invited to the country by the UP government, speaks about his India connect and meeting Sridevi.(MANOJ VERMA/HT PHOTO)

Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom’s trip to India may have started on a bad note. Upon arrival on Saturday (December 19), he found out that his e-visa had been rejected, and was deported to the UK. However, the matter settled down after the External Affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, granted him a visa. On Sunday (December 20), the actor was seen striking a pose in front of the Taj Mahal in Agra (Uttar Pradesh).

Later, he attended a party hosted by politician Amar Singh at the latter’s Delhi residence. Bloom admitted to being mesmerised by the historical monument. “We had a wonderful trip to Agra. I was so overwhelmed by its beauty,” he said.

Read: Orlando Bloom now visits Taj with Amar Singh

He added, “My mother was born in Calcutta (now known as Kolkata). My grandfather was a doctor in India. He had taken photos of the Taj Mahal from every possible angle. Over the years, I have looked at all of them. But nothing beats seeing the monument in real life. It makes you think what it must have taken to create such a marvel back then.”

Actor Orlando Bloom with former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh at the Taj Mahal in Agra, on Dec 20, 2015. (IANS)

At the party, the 38-year-old Pirates Of The Caribbean star met with producer Boney Kapoor, as well as Sridevi and Jaya Prada. Bloom had a very insightful conversation with Sridevi, and was blown away by the number of films she has done. “Three hundred films. How did you manage that? How much time do you take to make one film?” Bloom asked Sridevi with utmost curiosity.

Accompanied by Sheetal Talwar, the producer of his upcoming film, Romans, Bloom has been invited by the Uttar Pradesh government to promote tourism in the state. Bloom added, “I want to explore the country without any media attention.”

First Published: Dec 21, 2015 18:46 IST