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Indians try tosteal a peek of Julia Roberts

YOUNG boys climbed trees and villagers crowded rooftops in a tiny dusty village in northern India yesterday to catch a glimpse of US Academy Award winner actress Julia Roberts shooting her new film, "Eat, Pray, Love."

Scores of policemen, armed with bamboo sticks, private guards and plainclothes security guards kept curious visitors at bay as the "Pretty Woman" star walked about the sets created in the village of Mirzapur, 65 kilometers south of New Delhi. Huge black screens protected the sets from television crews and photographers.

Roberts was dressed in a turquoise blue tunic and loose pants, the traditional clothes worn by millions of Indian women.

In the film, she plays an American woman who leaves behind a troubled marriage and sets out on a journey of self-discovery.

Newspapers and television stations in India have been covering Roberts' every move since she arrived in India accompanied by her three children nearly 10 days ago.

Security has been tight with nearly 350 local policemen and security officers guarding the star in the village and in the nearby small town of Pataudi, where Roberts is staying at a former palace converted into a heritage hotel.

Filming started a few days ago. The movie, a Brad Pitt production, is directed by Ryan Murphy.

It also stars Oscar-winner Javier Bardem, Viola Davis, Richard Jenkins and Billy Crudup.


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