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London premiere for ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’

- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 8, 2012

LONDON (AP) - Dame Judi Dench and Dev Patel brought an Indian adventure to a chilly London with the world premiere of their new film, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

The movie, directed by John Madden, sees a group of retirement age Brits move to India to see out their elderly years in colorful Jaipur. Patel, of "Slumdog Millionaire" fame, plays the guy who entices them to take the adventure.

Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton were also among the cast out on the red carpet for the Tuesday event at the Curzon Mayfair in London.

"I had to ride a motorcycle through the streets of Jaipur with Judi Dench on the back, which was very, very freaky because I have never done it before and my whole thing became 'Don't kill Judi Dench," Nighy joked.

Despite her character's choice to retire, it appears that's the last thing on Dench's mind.

"I am not going to retire hopefully, I am just going to hope that work will come. If I don't do this, I will do something else," she said.

The movie opens in the U.K. and Ireland on Feb. 24.

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