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Shyam Benegal to direct film on the Buddha

MUMBAI: Shyam Benegal is directing a film based on the life of Gautama Buddha. Mumbai-based Beyond Dreams Entertainment Ltd and Colombo-based Light of Asia Foundation are co-producing the film.

The film is expected to go on floors around mid-2008 and slated for a mid-2009 release.


Screenplay writer Atul Tiwari will pen the story, screenplay and dialogue of the film. It is also reported that talks are on to rope in Hrtithik Roshan.


Professor Nimal D‘Silva, Buddhist scholar in the South Asia region, has been appointed to head the research, along with scholars from China, Japan and Korea.


"This is a historic moment for South Asian Cinema. We are about to tell the story of a man who was born in the Indian subcontinent and redefined the way the world thinks. Gautama Buddha‘s philosophy is more contemporary today than ever before," said Beyond Dreams Entertainment Limited CEO Yash Patnaik.

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