Utpal Borpujari

May 28, 2009

French producer wants Big B, Abhishek to play Dalai Lamas

By Utpal Borpujari in Cannes

If a French producer’s wishlist becomes true, you might soon see superstar Amitabh Bachchan and his actor-son Abhishek Bachchan play two Dalai Lamas in a fictional account on the Dalai Lama lineage.

The current Dalai Lama will also appear on the film, producer Manuel Collas de La Roche told Deccan Herald here.

The film will be directed by Belgium-born French director Jan Kounen, whose latest film “Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky”, focusing on the intense love affair between fashion diva and the maverick theatre genius, is the closing film of the ongoing 62nd Cannes Film Festival.

“I am looking at both the Bachchans playing two Dalai Lamas. And I am soon going to talk to them regarding this,” says Roche.

Incidentally, Roche is the man behind the human rights film festival Cinema Verite to be held in Geneva and Paris later this year, where Abhishek-Aishwarya Rai Bachchanp-starrer “Sarrkar Raj” will be screened as part of its Indian Focus.

Kounen’s earlier films include “Darshan, the Embrace”, a 2005 documentary of religious preacher Mata Amritanandmayi.

“The Dalai Lama film will look at the lives of all the Dalai Lamas, and the philosophy espoused by them. Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan’s presence in the film will make it exciting,” says Roche.

The film, he says, will be shot in Ladakh, Sikkim and Bhutan. He is also negotiating with several prominent actors from various parts of the world to play the various Dalai Lamas.

“It will be an international film meant for the global audience, and will be in English,” says Roche, whose company Movie Sphere will produce the film.

Incidentally, Bachchan will soon be seen with Ben Kingsley of “Gandhi” fame in Ambika Hinduja-produced “Teen Patti”, in which the two actors play mathematics geniuses who discover a revolutionary theory

(Published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com, 21-05-2009)



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