Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

Ex-royal who has seen both sides of Bollywood

Shimla, Jan 15 (IANS) Just as you leave the Mall, the hill station’s main shopping street, towards the chief minister’s official residence, the narrow road meanders its way to a heritage hotel owned by the erstwhile royal family of Jubbal that has an enduring link to Bollywood. Uday Singh and his grand Woodville Palace, now a heritage hotel with typical British Raj architecture, have over the years seen no less than 25 films shot there, among them Prakash Mehra’s “Muqaddar Ka Sikandar”, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Black” and Raj Kumar Hirani’s “3 Idiots”. The “real picture” that goes on behind the sets has taught Uday Singh that men from the underworld can surface any time to rescue the cast and the crew in their moments of distress; Uday Singh remembers a night in the early 1990s when he got a call from an underworld don.

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