"When desires go, joy comes"

The follower of Buddha finds this truth." ~ The Buddha

We recently had the honor of meeting with Award winning director and Academy Award Nominee Ashutosh Gowariker to discuss working on his latest epic, an English film based on the life of Buddha.

The movie, to be produced by Spice Infotainment Ltd, is believed to be the most expensive film ever made in Bollywood.

Meeting with his gifted staff we got the further exciting news that the script has been written by Academy Award winner David Ward.

"I think the scope of Buddha is global that there are so many countries that are deeply interested, if they had not become Buddhist they are deeply taking interest in learning about Buddhism," said Gowariker.

Speaking about the movie's budget, he said that to re-create the history would be an expensive proposition.

"This is the story that unfolded 2,500 years ago. A time in ancient India when you had slavery, you had cruelty, and neither that is completely far removed from what we have today. To re-create that is an expensive proposition" added Gowariker. Based on the book Old Path White Clouds by a Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thichhat Hanh, the movie will be shot in the Himalayas.

Buddha, with a diverse cast and crew, is expected to go on the floor in May 2010 and be completed by the end of the year. They chose nothing short of the best at all levels for production and we are honored to have been chosen to be working along side these greats and with such costuming experts as April Ferry a veteran of over 50 major Hollywood productions.

The picture shows Mr. Pradeep Windlass and Mr. Gowariker at our meeting (what an incredibly humble, down to earth guy BTW). (The pic above is me meditating...maybe not.)


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