Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who are shooting for the film A Mighty Heart in Pune, have been provided with Y-category security due to the threat to their lives from Al Qaeda, say sources in the Intelligence Bureau.
A source on Thursday said Pitt and Jolie were provided security after assessing inputs on threat perception. The police were also informed of the threat perception as the film is based on Daniel Pearl, an American journalist who was assassinated by Al Qaeda militants in Pakistan after being abducted on January 23, 2002, while working on a story on Islamist militancy.
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The Hollywood stars were on a private visit, otherwise the security could have been further tightened, said the source. Jolie plays the role of Mariane, the widow of Pearl, the south Asia correspondent of The Wall Street Journal. American actor Dan Futterman plays the role of Pearl. Pitt makes a guest appearance in the movie directed by Michael Winterbottom.
British security experts were flown to Pune earlier this week, after being alerted by Pakistan about the bad publicity the film would give to Al Qaeda.
The movie is based on an adaptation of Mariane's book, A Mighty Heart: The Brave Lift and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl. The film is being co-produced by Plan B, a production company founded by Pitt and his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston. A bungalow in Aundh, a suburb of Pune, is chosen for the shoot because the area resembles Karachi where Daniel Pear1 and Mariane spent some time.
Pitt-Jolie in India