Hundreds apply to be extras in Bollywood film Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 – Mad Madder Maddest 2
Hundreds of excited Asian film fans have applied to become extras in a Bollywood extravaganza.
On Saturday, the Leicester Mercury invited members of the public to apply to be one of 700 extras in the film Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 – Mad Madder Maddest 2.
The movie stars Dharmendra Deol and his sons Sunny and Bobby Deol.
So far, more than 800 people have applied for bit parts. The film's production managers will now sift through the entries to choose 700 to appear on screen.
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The successful applicants will join a shoot at Stanford Hall, near Lutterworth, on Saturday.
Shanti Agath, 24, of Thurnby Lodge, Leicester, is hoping the experience will be her big break.
She said: "I love Bollywood and it's the first time an opportunity like this has come along.
"This could be the first step to a Bollywood career – it's really exciting."
Post Office worker Shanti said she was also keen to meet the superstars.
"I love everything about Bollywood – the music, the clothes, the singing, the crying – and to think I'll have a chance of meeting some of the actors is amazing."
The applicants will find out by Friday whether they have been successful.
Dancer teacher Nimisha Patel, 22, and her boyfriend Durgesh Makwana, 25, applied together. Nimisha, from Hamilton, Leicester, said: "I've been very excited ever since I e-mailed my application.
"I've been dancing since I was about seven and I've always dreamed of being part of a Bollywood film."
Another hopeful is 31-year-old Dalveer Johal, from Oadby.
She said: "I saw the first film and I'm a big fan of it and the actors in it. I've never done anything like this before.
"I used to be a really big fan of Bollywood films when I was younger, but when I went to university it sort of fizzled out. Now I'm starting to get back into it, though.
"My husband told me about it and asked me if I wanted to apply and I thought, why not?
"It's not very often that things are filmed in Leicester, so I thought it'd be a good opportunity."
The Indian film crew continued to shoot scenes for the film at New Walk Museum yesterday.
The actors were filmed in the centre's dinosaur and art galleries and at the front of the building.
Assistant city mayor Councillor Piara Singh Clair said: "We are very pleased to welcome the Deol family, the film crew and their team to our city.
"This film will put Leicester and the museum in front of huge audiences across the world."