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Ashutosh's Gowariker's Buddha shelved?

Ashutosh Gowariker and his co-producer B K Modi have decided to put their magnum opus, Buddha, on hold because they haven’t been able to finalise the actor for the title role.

bollywood Updated: Jul 22, 2010 19:53 IST
Hiren Kotwani

Ashutosh Gowariker and his co-producer B K Modi have decided to put their magnum opus,

Buddha

, on hold because they haven’t been able to finalise the actor for the title role. Soon after the duo announced their plans of making the biopic, they launched a website,

Buddha-movie.com

, inviting applications from actors aspiring to play the divine protagonist. But despite going through over 6,000 photographs and videos, Gowariker still hasn’t found his Buddha.



Ashutosh Gowariker

According to a source associated with the movie, the producer-director now wants to expand the search to find the right actor. The director, who is currently working on the post-production of his

Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey

, had already finalised an international crew that includes big names like Karl Walter Lindenlaub (cinematography), Jarrod Linton (pre-visualisation), David Ward (script-screenplay), David Russel (storyboard artist), Glenn Boswell (action), April Ferry (costumes), Dileep Singh Rathore (co-producer and line producer) and Nitin Desai (art) for

Buddha

.



The movie, which focuses on the life of Prince Siddhartha and his journey to enlightenment, was scheduled to start by the year end, but could now take longer to start.