Pataudis open palace for film promotions


By Hindustan Times

MUMBAI, Feb. 20 -- The makers of Tigmanshu Dhulia's next, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, are on the last leg of promoting the film and they are making the most of this time. The central characters have just finished making appearances at various events. Now, to add a royal flavour to the proceedings, while keeping true to the film's backdrop, the makers are planning to use a real palace for the promotions.

A source reveals that the production team is currently in the process of getting permissions from Saif Ali Khan and his family, as the Bhopal property belongs to the Pataudis. "They are in talks with the family for the required consent. If it happens, it will be the first time that the palace will be opened for such an event," says the source.

Saif's sister, Soha Ali Khan, is playing one of the lead roles in this second installment of Tigmanshu's 2011 hit Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster. That is why the makers felt that her ancestral palace in the Madhya Pradesh capital would be the right place to use to promote the film in that region. However, when contacted, Soha seemed to have no information about this promotional strategy. "We have some promotions planned in Bhopal, but I don't know about this," says Soha. When producer Rahul Mittra was asked about the development, he refused to divulge any details, only saying, "We have different promotion plans in place. However, Viacom (co-producers) does have something like this (using the palace to promote the film) planned in Bhopal."