'Aishwarya, Madhuri, Sridevi loved my mother's Fish Curry'
An army, they say, travels on its stomach.
So does every industry you can think of.Think about it -- doesn't good food always put you in a great frame of mind?
That's exactly what the caterers of the Indian film industry do.
They make sure everyone -- from the top stars to the spotboys -- are well fed so that every person associated with the making of a film can do a great job!
Normally, the caterers are hidden behind the limelight and very few people know the vital role they play.
As we continue our celebration of the 100 years of Indian cinema, we turn the spotlight on these quiet workers.
Today, we showcase the life of popular caterer Shivanna Shetty and his son, Purshottam.
Shivanna Shetty has made a career serving food to film folk. For 40 years, his Film Centre Canteen presented appetizing menus during film shoots.
Then, in the following 35 years, he catered to the stars and other film folk as proprietor of the Natraj Studio canteen.
His son, Purshottam, has his own catering business, Jhama Food Suppliers.
JFS has catered on the sets of films like Salman Khan's Bodyguard, the Abhishek Bachchan starrer Dum Maro Dum, Ajay Devgn's Himmatwala and Son of Sardaar, Vishal Bhardwaj's Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, Rohit Shetty's Bol Bachchan and the soon-to-be-released Shootout At Wadala.
Purshottam Shetty lets Patcy N peek into the reality of a film caterer's life. He also lets her in on a few starry secrets... Here's one example: What tickles the tastebuds of stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi?
Over to Purshottam Shetty:
Image: Madhuri Dixit with Purshottam Shetty and other crew members
'When my father was 14, he started his own stall'
Image: Pushottam Shetty and Abhishek Bachchan on the sets of Dhai Akshar Prem Ke
'After Mr India, we became established in the catering business'
Image: Kareena Kapoor with Purshottam Shetty
'Amitabh Bachchan loves Bhendi, Rajma and Dahi Kadi'
Image: Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda on the sets of Bade Miyan Chote Miyan
'Akshay's son Aarav loves eating vegetarian food'
Image: Purshottam Shetty with Aishwarya on the sets of Dhai Akshar Prem Ke
'My father retired after he got knocked down by a bus and fractured his leg'
Image: Purshottam Shetty with Preity Zinta
'Shah Rukh wants chicken toast sandwich in brown bread every day at 5pm'
Image: Rakhee cooks Prawn Curry on the sets
'Even Sachin Tendulkar loves our food'
Image: Sachin Tendulkar
'Today, it is difficult to get close to the actor'
Image: Shivanna Shetty and his wife