johnny depp: Johnny Depp splashes out Rs 48 lakh on Indian restaurant in Birmingham

LONDON: Hollywood star Johnny Depp spent around Rs 48 lakh at Birmingham’s largest Indian restaurant on Sunday night, feasting on chicken tikka masala and king prawn bhuna, as well as champagne and cocktails, on a night out.
Depp spent the money in the popular Indian restaurant Varanasi on Broad Street, which he rented out in its entirety to dine with close friend Beck, their entourage and bodyguards. Depp is currently touring the UK with boyfriend Beck. The 20,000-square-foot luxury restaurant closed its doors to the public so it could host the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star on Sunday night.

Depp, who recently received $15 million (just over Rs 116 crore) in damages from ex-wife Amber Heard after winning his defamation lawsuit, enjoyed a sit-down meal of shish kebab, chicken tikka, marinated king prawns and vegetable samosas followed by lamb karahi, chicken tikka masala, king prawn bhuna and raspberry cheesecake and panna cotta for dessert.
Mohammed Hussain, the British-Bangladesh operations director of the restaurant, which opened six years ago, told TOI that a total of 22 people came to order the banquet menu.
He said the group had champagne, cocktails and red and white wine and Bollywood music playing in the background. “We were not told the reason for the event. We just knew he was on tour and staying in a Birmingham hotel and wanted to have a restaurant meal. He rented out the entire restaurant,” he says. He declined to confirm the cost of the meal, saying it was tailored to Depp’s demands, but local media estimates the amount at £50,000 (Rs 48 lakh). Hussain confirmed that Depp gave generous tips.
It is not the first time that the restaurant has received A-listers. The Indian cricket team and Bollywood stars such as Gulshan Grover have also eaten there. “He was in the restaurant for five hours and he was very relaxed, humble and accommodating. My three daughters spent time with him and so did my co-workers. He hugged us and made sure everyone was a part of it. We have not discussed the lawsuit. We just congratulated him on his win,” said Hussain.

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