(AsiaNews/Agencies) - Titled 'Thirty Pieces of Silver', the first 3-D movie about
Jesus Christ will be made almost entirely in India. It is expected to be
released simultaneously next Easter in 5,000 movie theatres around the world. Production
is expected to start at the end of July in nine languages, including Malayalam
and English, at a cost of 35,000,000 rupees (US$ 625,000).
took us almost a decade to finish the script based on the New Testament," said producer
Johny Sagarika. "Director Kurien Varanasala personally held many rounds of discussions
with experts on Bible".
will start in Ramoji Rao Film City in Hyderabad, but many scenes are planned in
Jerusalem. The team will travel to Hampi in Karnataka for the crucifixion
300-strong cast will include 50 people from Kerala. A new actor, Jeremy Jairus,
will play the main character. All the 12 disciples will be new faces as well. All
the technicians will be brought from abroad.
pieces of silver' (Muppathu Vellikkasu) will be presented at the Pastoral
Orientation Centre in Kochi on 5 June in the presence of 35 bishops and with
the full blessing of the church.