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Hindus urge authentic portrayal of Lord Buddha in upcoming mega-film

May 13, 2009

May 11, 2009

Nevada (US), May 11 (ANI): Welcoming the recent
announcement of English language international
mega-film on Buddha, Hindus have urged its makers
to present an authentic portrayal of his life and times.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a
statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that
Gautama Buddha, besides Buddhists is also revered
by Hindus. Reimagining of scriptures and life of
Buddha purely for mercantile greed would likely to hurt the devotees.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of
Hinduism, said that they welcomed filmmakers to
work on religious themes and figures, but they
would recommend them to handle faith related
subjects very carefully and sensitively, as
cinema was a highly powerful medium.

Apparently the most expensive film ever made in
Bollywood, this reportedly about 122 million
dollars project, produced by Spice Enfotainment
headed by industrialist B. K. Modi and directed
by Filmfare Award winner Ashutosh Gowarikar
(Lagaan) with a diverse cast and crew, is
expected to go on the floor in May 2010 and be
completed by the end of the year.

Reportedly scripted by Oscar winner David S. Ward
(Sleepless in Seattle) on a book by Vietnamese
Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, biographical
“Buddha” will be shot in the foothills of
Himalayas. Spiritual and temporal leader of
Tibetan Buddhists His Holiness the 14th Dalai
Lama reportedly also has some kind of advisory role with the movie.

Founder of Buddhism, Gautama Buddha (roughly
568-483 BCE) is also known as Sakyamuni or
Siddhartha. Buddha means Wise One or Enlightened
One. For Hindus, he was ninth avatar
(incarnation) of Vishnu (the all-pervader). (ANI)
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