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I've never seen a country like India: Brad Pitt

Not only chicken masala, dal and nan, it is everything about the country that the Hollywood hunk has fallen in love with.

india Updated: Nov 20, 2006 20:24 IST

Hollywood star Brad Pitt is so fascinated by India that he wants to come back, as he has "never seen a country like this".

"Absolutely. I'll come back for the film (A Mighty Heart that he has come here to shoot along with companion Angelina Jolie). It's really important to me. I hope we can pull it off well," he told news channel NDTV 24x7 in an interview telecast late Saturday.

"I love Indian food. chicken masala, dal and nan. I just love it," he told interviewer Barkha Dutt.

Brad denied allegations that three bodyguards of Jolie had hurled racial abuses at parents and children at a school in south Mumbai where the film unit was shooting.

Pitt said it had been a great experience shooting in India.

"It was a great experience, the film is going to benefit for shooting here, I am very excited about it," he said.

He said he was so fascinated by the chaos and life in Pune that he bought a motorbike to explore the city for himself, also to give the paparazzi the slip.

"I was so fascinated by the chaos, the traffic, different rules we have been having that I wanted to get out on the road. So I bought a helmet and was able to ride around quite peacefully. Bike is about freedom, a bike is about being by you...," he said.

Pitt said that he and Jolie had a great time in Goa and found the holy city of Varanasi truly amazing.

"We had an amazing time in Varanasi. I have never seen anything like it; I have never seen a country like this. I told my friend... put this on your list; you must come here... see this," he said.

The Hollywood star said that he was impressed about the sheer number of people living together, living in harmony... the colours of the cities, the smell of the cities, their food and architecture.

"Overall it's been an extraordinary trip for us which neither of us has ever been before. We loved Dipawali (the Indian festival of lights October 21)," he said.

He also said he would very much like to be here for Holi, the other Indian festival he had heard much about.

Before leaving he said one souvenir that he is definitely carrying with him is the Indian kurta pajma (loose shirt and pyjamas), which he liked very much.

In A Mighty Heart, shot in Pune and Mumbai for the last one month, Jolie plays the part of Mariane, wife of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002 while investigating Islamic militants in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US.

First Published: Nov 20, 2006 13:13 IST