Ashutosh Gowarikar's BUDDHA is about the journey of prince Siddharth. The story focuses on the life of Prince Siddhartha and his journey to enlightenment where he becomes known as Buddha. The movie will bring one of the most iconic characters in history to the big screen, Buddha.
A world wide search for Buddha was launched last month through Buddha-movie.com, which showed over 3700 registrations and over 6,000 photos and videos that have been uploaded to the website with visitors from over 100 Countries and still counting.
The film has a global crew which includes...
David S. Ward (USA) - Screen writer - Best known for his Oscar winning screenplay THE STING. His other projects include SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE for which he was also nominated for the Oscars.
Michel Shane (USA) - Executive Producer - His credits include the box office hits I, ROBOT and CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. Other producing credits include Paramount Classic's NORTHFORK, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Shane has worked with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Leonardo Di Caprio, Tom Hanks, and Will Smith and continues to work with world-class talent on his projects at various stages of development and production.
Dileep Singh Rathore (IND/USA) - Co-producer / Line Producer - With over 20 years experience in Producing and handling domestic and international productions filming in India and abroad, Dileep is one of India's most sought after Producer/Line Producers. His production experience extends to France, Russia and the United States. His credits include Peter Weir's upcoming release, THE WAY BACK, Disney's HEXE LILLI, Warner Bros. DAS WILDE LEBEN, BLOOD DIAMOND, and films such as CITY OF JOY, FLAMES IN PARADISE, MAYA, RETURN TO RAJAPUR among others.
Karl Walter Lindenlaub (USA) - Director of Photography - German born Karl is a very respected Director of Photography based in Los Angeles. His credits include, INDEPENDENCE DAY, THE JACKAL, THE PRINCESS DIARIES, MAID IN MANHATTAN, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN, NINJA ASSASSIN, THE HAUNTING, RED CORNER, CITY BY THE SEA, STARGATE, ROB ROY, UNIVERSAL SOLDIER, THE BANGER SISTERS among others.
Nitin Chandrakant Desai (IND) - Production Designer - One of India's top Production Designers Nitin's designs and set builds have been the background to some of India's most successful movies including DEVDAS, JODHAA AKBAR, EKLAVYA, ISHQIYA, MARIGOLD, THE RISING: BALLAD OF MANGAL PANDEY, SWADES, LAGAAN: ONCE UPON A TIME IN INDIA, SALAAM BOMBAY and MISSION KASHMIR among many others including international projects such as JUNGLE BOOK, HOLY SMOKE and AMOK.
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April Ferry (USA) - Costume Designer - He has won many awards and nominations including Academy Awards, BAFTA, and Emmy Awards. Her credits include 22 episodes of Rome, TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES, MAVERICK, FREE WILLY, FRAILTY, NATIONAL SECURITY among many others.
Glenn Boswell (AUS) - 2nd Unit director / Stunt Coordinator - He has a long respected career as a Stunt Coordinator having worked on film Hollywood blockbusters such as X-MEN WOLVERINE, I, ROBOT, ALL THREE THE MATRIX FILMS, DARK CITY, THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, THIN RED LINE, CROCODILE DUNDEE, MAD MAX among many other films.
Jarrod Linton(AUS) - Previz Supervisor - He is a highly regarded PreViz Supervisor having worked in LA, London, and Australia on some of Hollywood's biggest blockbuster movies. Jarrod's credits include HARRY POTTER and THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, THE DA VINCI CODE, CHARLIE and the CHOCOLATE FACTORY, TROY, THE SPIRIT, X-MEN WOLVERINE, CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN among others.
David Ruussel (AUS) - Story Board artist - A renowned storyboard artist and illustrator having contributed to over 80 films including Hollywood blockbusters such as STAR WARS, X-MEN WOLVERINE, BATMAN, TERMINATOR II, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, TOMBSTONE, ROMEO & JULIET, MOULIN ROUGE, MASTER & COMMANDER, CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE. After working with Steven Spielberg to storyboard THE COLOR PURPLE Producer Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg recommended David to gain membership into the Illustrators & Matte Artists Union being the first African American artist to be admitted into in the organization.
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Dr Bhupendra Kumar Modi, Producer says, 'BUDDHA, is a truly global film and we needed a team that would have a global sensibility and transcend language barriers.'
Ashutosh Govarikar says, 'The first important decision that Dr. Modi took was to make BUDDHA in English. And that got me immediately interested because I have always felt that when it comes to religion, you must cater to an international audience, especially so in the case of BUDDHA. The past two months of pre-production have been exciting. It has been exhilarating to be working with the DOP Karl Walter Lindenlaub, Oscar nominated Costume Designer April Ferry and Stunt Co-ordinator Glenn Boswell. I have admired and seen over and over again their work. So, I feel privileged to be working with them on BUDDHA.
This is the first time that I have done pre-visualization for a film. It has been an amazing learning curve to be working with Jarrod Linton, who is the pre-viz supervisor on the film. Dr. Modi and his co-producer Dileep Singh Rathore are leaving no stone unturned to give me technicians of my choice that will help create 500 B.C. accurately on screen.
And meanwhile, the search for the actor to play Buddha continues. I am going through the hundreds of auditions that have come in and I must say, we are getting closer to our BUDDHA.'