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A dozen guards for Aishwarya!

Aishwarya Rai

By HT

Mumbai, Feb. 9 -- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is facing the camera again after five years for Sanjay Gupta's film, has been provided with a fool-proof security cover in order to keep overzealous onlookers at bay.

Apparently, Aishwarya has been provided with 10-12 bodyguards at the film's shoot. Also, the idea behind a tight security cordon is to make sure that the actor's looks and other details about the set are not leaked out by way of photographs clicked by fans.

"Ash's security arrangement has been paid extra attention to, especially because she has been - and is required to - shoot quite a bit at outdoor locations [in Mumbai], on roads and in eateries etc. Not just her movements, but Ash's vanity van is also being guarded. Since she has a number of fans, the makers want her to feel absolutely comfortable and safe," says an insider.

Since Gupta's film also has Irrfan Khan and Shabana Azmi, among others, the makers have left no stone unturned to keep the other cast members and the crew safe and relaxed as well. In fact, it's believed that around ' 40 lakh has been earmarked for only the security arrangements.

"Earlier, another security agency had been hired, but since the makers weren't satisfied with their work, Ronit Roy's security agency was roped in," adds the insider. When contacted, Gupta confirmed the news, saying, "Yes, as any other responsible film-maker, I have gone in for an elaborate security arrangement to keep the cast and crew safe."