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Updated: October 10, 2009 19:53 IST

Julia in Pataudi market was an affair to remember

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In the film 'Eat, Pray, Love', Julia plays the character Gilbert who travels to Italy, India and Indonesia in search of peace.
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In the film 'Eat, Pray, Love', Julia plays the character Gilbert who travels to Italy, India and Indonesia in search of peace.

Not many residents of this town could catch a glimpse of Julia Roberts while she stayed at Pataudi Palace for over three weeks. But when the Hollywood actor finally stepped out into the market for a shoot, the crowds couldn’t take their eyes off her!

Julia shot a few scenes of her film “Eat, Pray, Love” at Pataudi market on Thursday, a day before she left India.

“On Thursday, Julia had come to the Pataudi market to shoot a few scenes. It was the first time since she came here that the locals could see her for a while. Quite a crowd had gathered near the shooting area and people enjoyed watching her,” a police official told IANS.

“The crowd had gathered because for so many days they only knew that there is some foreign actress who is here and they were finally getting a chance to see her,” he said.

Julia came to India on Septemeber 17 with her children and their nannies. She left for Indonesia on Friday.

The actor was staying at Pataudi Palace, the official home of the erstwhile Prince of Pataudi and former India cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and his actor-wife Sharmila Tagore.

The entire crew, including her Hollywood colleagues Billy Crudup, Javier Bardem and Richard Jenkins, director Ryan Murphy as well as members of the Indian crew also stayed at the heritage hotel, which is part of the Neemrana Group.

However, they were shooting at Hari Mandir Ashram, which was almost 900 metres from the palace. They even shot at the nearby Mirzapur village for a few days.

For her shoot, she was mostly dressed in loose ethnic Indian clothes, often coloured pyjamas, a kurta and a stole, teamed with rudraksh beads.

Julia will now be shooting in Indonesia for the last leg of her movie, which is based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoirs, “Eat, Pray, Love”. It features Julia as Gilbert who travels to Italy, India and Indonesia in search of peace.

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