The Big B meets GB
I write this from a viewing screen in one of Bollywood's top studios. Gordon Brown is here with his friend Amitabh Bachchan aka Big B. His son Abhishek is marrying Aishwarya Rai, and both also star in the film Brown watched.
In fact, bizarrely, in the film, Big B’s character is flirting with that of his future daughter-in-law’s.
There is, I might add, something faintly surreal about watching a suggestive Hindi song-and-dance routine whilst sitting behind two managing directors of the Treasury.
Afterwards I asked the chancellor whether he felt able to take a role in the film himself. He declined to comment, saying he didn’t feel quite up to it.
I also asked him if he’d received an invite to Bollywood’s “wedding of the year” and he didn’t say no…
PS. You can hear an interview I did with Gordon Brown by clicking here.