Monday, September 28, 2009

"Eat, Pray, Love": After India shooting, Julia Roberts will head to Indonesia

Compiled from: Tourism Indonesia and Punjab Newsline Network

Oscar winner Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman) will head to Bali (Indonesia) for shooting the third and final leg of “Eat, Pray, Love”, once she completes the India part of the shooting, according to reports.

She is currently shooting at Ashram Harimandir hermitage in Pataudi, about 60 kilometers from India’s capital Delhi, and the India shooting will reportedly end around October six-10. She has already completed some shooting in New York and Italy.

The Balinese provincial government confirmed earlier this month it had issued the permits needed to shoot the film, with Roberts being scheduled to appear on set from Oct. 16 to Nov. 6.

“We have issued the permit to shoot in Gianyar. Their preparation is complete,” said Ida Bagus Puruvita, the Gianyar cultural office’s chief of permits and films.

The shoot is planned to take place at the traditional markets and Monkey Forest in Ubud, along with the nearby villages of Demayu and Tegalalang, and in Badung, Uluwatu and Nusa Dua.

“Eat, Pray, Love” is the best-selling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert. It tells her story of overcoming a deep depression after a painful divorce during a journey of soul-searching and self-discovery. In her search for peace, she spends a year traveling in Italy, India and Indonesia.

While in Bali, the author learns how to balance earthly delights with spirituality and discovers the meaning of love.

The book has been the subject of much controversy in Bali because of passages about a Balinese medicine man the author met in Ubud. The man reportedly helped Balinese housewives with infertile husbands get pregnant by arranging sexual trysts with drivers and gigolos.

Aimed at a release in 2011 and directed by Emmy nominated Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck), “Eat, Love, Pray” also stars Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Viola Davis (Doubt), Billy Crudup (Almost Famous), James Franco (Pineapple Express), Luca Argentero (Lezioni di cioccolato), etc.