April 28,2009

Mumbai: Ashutosh Gowariker is getting bigger by the day. After treating us with grand epics like ‘Lagaan’ and ‘Jodhaa Akbar’, the director is gearing up for a Rs 600 crore flick ‘Buddha’.

According to reports, Gowariker is contemplating a grand flick based on the life of Gautam Buddha and it will apparently be the most expensive film ever made in Bollywood.

Gowariker is said to be in talks for the same with Industrialist BK Modi, who has been planning the mega project since long. It is believed that in the past, Modi has been in talks with big names like Deepak Chopra and the Dalai Lama to make a movie on Buddha. Earlier, Shekhar Kapur’s name had come up for the director’s job but things didn’t work out in his favour. Hence Modi is now reviving the project and this time round the director is Ashutosh Gowariker.

Insiders suggest that it was Ashutosh’s past projects that led Modi to decide in his favour since ‘Buddha’ is also a mega-budget flick, similar to films made by Gowariker.

Looks like this flick would prove to be a great accomplishment for Ashutosh for the simple fact that it is India’s grandest project ever in terms of its budget, subject and exposure.