Scores of policemen, private guards and plainclothes security guards kept curious visitors at bay as Julia Roberts walked about the sets created at Mirzapur village, 40 miles south of the Indian capital, New Delhi. Huge black screens protected the sets from television crews and photographers. She’s currently in town to film Eat, Pray, Love.
Roberts was dressed in a turquoise blue tunic and loose pajamas, the traditional clothes worn by millions of Indian women. In the film, she plays the part of an American woman who leaves behind a troubled marriage and sets out on a journey of self-discovery.
According to sources, as many as 350 guards have been hired to provide security cover to the Roberts who will stay in Pataudi till October 6. Locals said that the star’s presence has also brought large number of armed policemen and bouncers to the venue. “It seems that entire Ashram and the Pataudi palace, where the actress is staying with her children and nannies along with cast and crew of the film, have been booked,” said Ramesh Yadav, who owns a shop outside the Ashram.