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Chatsworth has starring role in Bollywood film

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 08, 2014

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CHATSWORTH House is appearing on the big screen after being used as one of the locations for a new Bollywood movie.

The historic Derbyshire estate was used for the creation of comedy Humshakals, which follows the story of three doppelgangers whose paths happen to cross.

The film is directed by Sajid Khan and includes actors Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Ram Kapoor.

The plot of the film revolves around Ashok (Saif Ali Khan), Kumar (Riteish Deshmukh) and Mamaji (Ram Kapoor), who get involved in a series of farcical episodes involving plenty of slapstick comedy, romance, singing and dancing.

The cast and crew spent one week filming at Chatsworth in October 2013.

Scenes were shot in both the house and garden.

Chatsworth House Trust marketing manager Stephanie Cliffe said: "We had a great time with the cast and crew when they were filming Humshakals.

"There was plenty of singing and dancing and lots of fun and I think you can see that in the film, everybody enjoyed themselves.

"For Chatsworth it worked really well, bringing the beautiful house and garden to a huge new audience who may not have been aware of it before."

Humshakals, which means "doppelgangers" or "lookalikes" in English, was released on June 20 in the UK and has been released in India, where Ms Cliffe said it was described as a "box office smash".

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