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First Indian film on Christ to be shot in Jerusalem

MUMBAI: Producer Konda Krishnam Raju is all set to venture into India‘s first film on Jesus Christ to be shot in the Holy Land.


The film, to be made in three languages, is being made under the banner of Aditya Productions.


The film will focus on the childhood of Jesus, a contrast with other movies that depict the later years. The two-hour-15-minute biopic is to be directed by Singeetham Srinivasa Rao.


To be made at $30 million film will be one of India‘s highest budgeted. According to the director, the film with an all-Indian cast of child actors will be narrated in four languages. South Indian star Pawan Kalyan will narrate the Telugu and Malayalam versions while the search is on for the narrator of the Hindi version.


"This is the first presentation of this type in Bollywood history," Raju said. The film been green signaled by the authorities in Israel to film in Bethlehem and Jericho.


American makeup artiste Christien Tinsley has been assigned the job to use special techniques to make the actors appear older. The filmmakers said they chose him because of his immaculate work in The Passion of the Christ that earned him an Oscar nomination.


The film that gets rolling in October will be released next year.
 

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