Julia Roberts: Eat, Pray, Offend the Locals

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  09.24.09 | 9:51 AM ET

There’s trouble on the set of “Eat, Pray, Love” in India: Apparently, local villagers were banned from praying in their ashram during an important religious festival because filming was going on inside. Said one local police officer:

There are more than 100 policemen outside the Ashram Hari Mandir and almost equal number inside the premises, both uniformed and in civilian disguise. Nobody can breach this cover and no outsider is allowed to enter the ashram, no matter whosoever he or she is. We have strict instructions.

Now that’s what I call a “hearts and minds” strategy.

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

2 Comments for Julia Roberts: Eat, Pray, Offend the Locals

Julia Ross 09.24.09 | 1:42 PM ET

words fail me. how many more months (years?) before we can put EPL to rest?

Eva Holland 09.24.09 | 5:00 PM ET

Ha. Indeed. It’s currently listed as a 2011 theatrical release - so probably late December 2010/January 2011 for awards consideration, I’d guess. As long as it doesn’t win any major ones, it should die down after the DVD release. Let’s say mid-2011, then?

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