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Buddha goes global

entertainment Updated: May 26, 2010 01:36 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times
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If the kind of team Ashutosh Gowariker is collaborating with on his next period epic, Buddha, is any indication, looks like he’s not sparing anything to ensure that it is a world-class product.

Apart from bringing in acclaimed cinematographer, Karl Walter Lindenlaub (Independence Day, The Jackal, Maid in Manhattan, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian), the filmmaker has brought on board many other renowned names.

Joining them as co-producer and line producer is Dileep Singh Rathore who has two decades of experience, having handled movies such as City of Joy and Blood Diamond. April Ferry, who has been nominated at the Oscars, BAFTA and Emmy awards and has designed for films such as Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines and Free Willy, will do the costumes.

Produced by Dr Bhupendra Kumar Modi, the movie focuses on the life of Prince Siddharth and his journey to becoming Buddha.

Gowariker told HT City, “The past two months of pre-production have been exciting. Working with the Karl, April, Glenn Boswell and Jarrod Linton was exhilarating. We chose international talent to give the film a global feel.” However, Gowariker is still searching for the right actor to play Buddha. “I’m still auditioning hundreds of people; we are getting closer to our Buddha,” he concluded.

Inputs from Harsha Bhatnagar