The very classy crew of the British flim The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 is currently shooting very quietly in Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan.
The cast of this sequel directed by John Madden, comprises a distinguished bouquet of British and Indian troupers both old and young including Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Tina Desae and Lilette Dubey.
The new addition to the original cast for the sequel is Richard Gere. Though he has visited India several times as a goodwill ambassador for AIDS campaigns and for his Buddhist activities, this is the first time that Gere is shooting for a film in India.
Gere's love interest is being played by Lilette Dubey. Without disclosing details the source from Udaipur says, "It's a very passionate liaison between two middle aged people, something like Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep in The Bridges Of Madison County."
Lilette hasn't met Gere as yet.
But Gere apparently asked for some of Lilette's films on DVD before he lands in India.
You can't fault Hollywood icons on their homework when they visit foreign shores.