By IndiaFM News Bureau
Shyam Benegal’s forthcoming film will not be in Hindi but in Pali
language, as it is based on life of Gautam Buddha. Named as Gautam
Buddha this film will be funded by the Sri Lankan government and will be
entirely shot in Sri Lanka.
Benegal’s film deals with the life of Gautam Buddha and Buddhism,
which was first taken to Sri Lanka from India by Emperor Asoka's son
Mahendra. Dr. B.K. Modi of the Mahabodhi Society approached Dr.
Chandraprakash Dwivedi to make a film on Buddha. Dr. Dwivedi informs
that India and Sri Lanka share a very special relation when it comes to
Buddhism and that is one reason to Sri Lankan government funding the
Dr. Dwivedi further explains that Modi asked him to co-direct this
movie but is now happy to know that it will be directed by Shyam Benegal.
It is believed that the same film was supposed to be directed by the
filmmaker Shekhar Kapur earlier who decided to opt out because of some
differences. Interestingly, Dr. Modi had also approached Mira Nair to make
the film on Buddha in the early '90s.