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Shooting of Tibetan film `The Lost Country` begins in November

September 7, 2009

September 06, 2009 - IST

Dharamsala: The shooting of "The Lost Country", produced by an exiled
Tibetan on the condition of exiles and their issues of identity and culture,
will start in November, film maker Kargyur Rinpoche said.

"The shooting of `The Lost Country` will commence in November. It will be
the big budget film... A whopping Rs.15 crore would be spent on the film
that will feature actors from the US, India and Nepal," Rinpoche told IANS.

Bollywood actor Danny Dengzongpa will also feature in the Tibetan film that
will be shot in locales of this town, the base of the exiled Tibetans,
Lahaul and Spiti district and in the US.

"Much of the story will be shot in Dharamsala, where third or fourth
generation of the exiles are living."

Rinpoche, who has himself written the story, will direct the film along with
his Indian wife Mandakani of "Ram Teri Ganga Maili" fame.

"It took me more than 12 years to realise this film... I am hopeful that the
film will reflect the true picture of the plight of people of Tibet - both
inside and outside the country," said the film maker, who is in this
northern hill station to screen test artistes.

Noted cinematographer Ishwar Bidri who worked on J.P. Dutta`s "Border" will
shoot the film.

In 2005, "Dreaming Lhasa", the debut feature film of another Tibetan,
Tenzing Sonam, and his wife Ritu Sarin, won accolades at various
international film festivals.

Around 140,000 Tibetans now live in exile, over 100,000 of them in different
parts of India. Over six million Tibetans live in Tibet.

IANS
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