Tuesday 20 February 2018

Korma goes to Bollywood as local restaurant has an Indian summer

It was an Indian take-away worth €25,000.

The filming of Bollywood blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger in Dublin wasn't just a boon for the local film industry, it also boosted a local eaterie.

Indian restaurant Jaipur had the job of feeding the 60-strong cast and crew for the past three weeks.

The George's Street branch had to despatch over 70 Indian meals a day to the film-makers at shoots and in their hotels.

"The Irish crew had their own caterers but they started to eat our Indian food too, so we got more and more orders," Asheesh Dewan, Jaipur's owner, told me this week.

The Diary can reveal that the movie's leading man and one of India's biggest film stars, Salman Khan, regularly ordered Jaipur's lamb kebabs and giant prawns.

"They agreed a price of €25,000 with us upfront," Mr Dewan said.

"We could have haggled but like everyone else, we want them to come back to Ireland.

"They're off to Turkey next. The weather might be better but we definitely spoilt them with the food here in Dublin."

Jaipur's phone could well be ringing off the hook if the movie's makers decide to list them on the credits of the Bollywood film.

Released next June, Ek Tha Tiger (Once There Was A Tiger) is expected to be seen by over 100 million people in over 20 countries.

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