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moncler jacket sale We dial back to the Lootera reference, and really the makers of the film couldn’t get more old school Calcutta if they wanted. The film was shot at the 1766 built Itachuna Rajbari, which is still run by the Narayan Kundu family. Renovations were begun, with the help of the State Tourism Department, in 2016. Located in Itachuna village in Hooghly, heritage is at a stone’s throw all around, with Pandua and its famed 13th Century minar minutes away, and the erstwhile French colony of Chandannagar less than an hour away. moncler jacket sale

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