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Hollywood Increased its Footprint in India in 2013
(Top to bottom) Matt Damon visited South India as part of his fresh water initiative. Demi Moore visited Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, for a spiritual
vacation. Richard Gere attended a Buddhist event in Sikkim in April. L’Wren Scott snapped this photo of Mick Jagger near Jodhpur in October. Sharon
Stone parties with the Bachchans. Jon Hamm (c) and the stars of “Million Dollar Arm” shoot on location in India.
India has drawn many international celebrities over the years whether for work, pleasure or both, and 2013 saw many
Hollywood A-listers taking a trip to the country. Actors like Susan Sarandon and Michelle Yeoh, and filmmakers Atiq Rahimi
and Majid Majidi were recently in India to promote their work at various film festivals.
Sarandon and Iranian director Majidi were the guests of honor at the
International Film Festival of India. The Mumbai International Film Festival saw
the presence of Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and legendary
Greek-French filmmaker Costa-Gavras this October.
Hollywood divas Sharon Stone and Hilary Swank and pop star Ke$ha were in
attendance at the inaugural amfAR gala in Mumbai.While Swank and Ke$ha’s trip
were short, Stone made the most of her India visit by taking a trip to Varanasi
and Agra and partying with the likes of Aishwarya Rai.
Demi Moore was spotted in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, attending a spiritual
conference under His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She was accompanied by her Sikh guru Hargopal Kaur Khalsa during the
trip. It is said that her trip was a “soul searching” one as she was in the middle of finalizing her divorce from Ashton
Kutcher. Moore had previously come to India with Kutcher in 2011.
Singer-songwriter Mick Jagger and his longtime girlfriend L’Wren Scott holidayed in Jodhpur, India in October. They were
snapped at the Mehrangarh Fort and a 19
th
century temple. Richard Gere is a
regular visitor to India, and this time around he was on a five-day trip to Sikkim
in April. Before leaving the country, he is said to have attended a close friend’s
wedding in Gangtok.
Matt Damon was on a work trip here for his NGO and visited Pondicherry,
Chennai and Bangalore to check on Water.org’s projects. Co-founded by
Damon, the organization works toward providing clean water and sanitation
to villages.