Slane the new palace of choice for best of Bollywood
IT may not be the Taj Mahal, but Slane Castle is the new palace of choice for fashionable Bollywood stars.
The historic Meath pile was chosen by the Indian edition of 'Harper's Bazaar' magazine as the perfect backdrop for a fashion shoot, which Tourism Ireland hopes will help draw wealthy Indian tourists to Ireland.
Owner Lord Henry Mountcharles said the atmospheric location was open for business to the film industry.
His Co Meath ancestral home was chosen from a number of famous locations around Ireland in recent weeks to provide the backdrop for a fashion photoshoot featuring one of India's most celebrated actresses, British-born Katrina Kaif.
The photos will feature as the cover story and in a 10-page spread in an upcoming edition of the fashion magazine.
The actress recently starred in a Bollywood movie shot at various locations around Dublin, including Trinity College.
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Lord Mountcharles said the magazine chose Slane for its "magnificent, grand backdrop".
He said that over the decades, the castle has been used as a location for a string of movies and he would be delighted if more filmmakers were to choose to shoot at the castle.
"We have provided Slane over the decades for several movies both mainstream and TV going back to the first 'Great Train Robbery' with Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland.
"French actor Gerard Depardieu filmed some scenes down by the river Boyne during the summer. We love providing a location for movies as it is good for us and also the movie industry employs a lot of people," he added.
Jim Paul of Tourism Ireland pointed to the benefits of the photoshoot, which will feature in the glossy Indian magazine.
"The publicity from this cover story, as well as the interview with Katrina Kaif, will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase Ireland as a 'must-see' and fashionable destination to a mass audience."