Women-centric film 'Dhuaaan' impresses Julia Roberts

Mumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) Julia Roberts is impressed with Mrunalinni Dayal's forthcoming film "Dhuaaan - The Fire Within" based on a true story, but won't be able to attend the premiere due to prior commitments.

Roberts watched vignettes of "Dhuaaan" with Claire Raskind, the publicist of her film "Eat Pray, Love", while she was shooting for the film at the Ashram Hari Mandir in Pataudi, Haryana.

"Julia is very excited about 'Dhuaaan' because it's based on a true story of a female protagonist like 'Erin Brockovich', which is a film very dear to her. Secondly because the filmmaker is a woman," Raskind said in a press statement.

"It is a universal story of the fight against injustice, of a single individual against erring institutions. Julia has complemented director Mrunalinni on a commendable effort and wishes the film every success," she added.

Mrunalinni invited the Pretty Woman to attend "Dhuaaan" premiere here Dec 18. The actress won't be able to attend it, but she has requested her Indian spiritual guru Swami Shri Dharam Devji Maharaj, of Ashram Hari Mandir in Pataudi, to attend on her behalf.

"Julia, however, regrets being able to accept the invitation to personally attend the premiere in Mumbai in December and has requested her spiritual Guru Shri Swami Dharam Devji Maharaj to attend on her behalf," said Raskind.

Dharam Devji Maharaj, who has anointed her children with Hindu names, has confirmed his attendance.

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