Bollywood legend Dharmendra Deol enjoys tranquil times in gardens
It's a hectic life if you're a Bollywood superstar filming in Leicester.
If you're not in front of the camera shooting scene after scene, then you are being mobbed by adoring fans wherever you go in the city.
However, Dharmendra Deol, a veteran of more than 270 Bollywood blockbusters, who is filming Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 in the city, was allowed a brief moment of tranquility this week.
He was filming in the peaceful surroundings of the University of Leicester's Botanic Gardens on Wednesday – and found time to tell the Mercury how much he was enjoying being in the city.
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As he walked through the Oadby gardens, Dharmendra said: "It is such a lovely location and we are very pleased to be able to film here and the other places in and around Leicester."
Dharmendra stars in the film – called Mad Madder Maddest 2 in English – with his two sons, Sunny and Bobby Deol.
Leicester was chosen for filming because Sunny's wife is from Oakham and the couple's two children were born in the city.
Sunny said: "Leicestershire is my second home and it is great to be back. It is great appearing in a film with my dad and my brother. In a way, it's like a working family holiday."
Since they arrived in the city, the Bollywood stars have been creating massive interest.
On Tuesday, fans descended on the set at New Walk Museum, hoping to become extras in the film.
Hundreds of Mercury readers have also earned the chance to be extras when the film goes on location at Stanford Hall, in Lutterworth.
Sunny has also enjoyed his time in rural Leicestershire.
He said: "To be honest, we have been mobbed in Leicester so it is nice to stay over in the Langham and Oakham area where it is quieter.
"Shooting is going well despite the teething problems that goes with all film-making."
The films tells of an honest loan recovery agent who tries to prevent his dad and brother conning their way to success.
Also on set this week has been university asset manager Dharmendra Shoker, who is named after the star, and is set to get a small role of a banker in the film.
He said: "I first met Sunny Deol and his team a couple of months back, when they had been invited by the University of Leicester to take a look around the campus, as part of their location scouting visit in Leicester.
"It was totally unexpected when the team handed me a script for three scenes in the film. I am really excited."
Former High Sheriff of Leicestershire Resham Singh Sandhu also visited the Botanic Gardens on Wednesday.
He said: "This is a great opportunity for Leicestershire to show itself to the world. Bollywood films are popular all over Asia."