Shahrukh seeks Dalais
blessings for "Ashoka"
-- Enthusiastic Buddhist monks mobbed Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan, who flew down to
Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement here yesterday, to seek blessings of Tibetan spiritual leader
Dalai Lama for his new film Ashoka The Great.
shooting for Ashoka The Great.
casually attired, was escorted into the monastery under tight security and was soon joined
by the Lama who later said he had blessed Shahrukh and offered him a
knew it, the Josh man was surrounded by hundreds of fans in the Tibetan settlement as
Buddhist monks young and old waved at him smiling, hoping to catch the stars eye.
speaking to The Indian Express, Khan said he wanted Dalai Lama to see the new movie
produced by him, to be released in October.
his period venture, about the king whose patronage saw Buddhism flourish beyond borders,
would spread the message of peace and love.
I am not a religious man but I have great respect for all religions.
reader of the Dalai Lamas books, Khan said he had high regard for the exiled Tibetan
leader who spends his life propagating peace and love and hinted that he wanted to include
his teachings in the film.
Lama speaks in the manner our forefathers spoke, he said.
Wishing he had brought his son Aryan to meet one of the sages of this century, he said he
would make it a point to call on the Dalai Lama with my wife Gowri and
about his sudden shift to a different genre of films, he said he was always interested in
making different kinds of films, especially those that changed peoples notions on
love, non-violence and kindness.
Khan said Ashoka
The Great was also being dubbed in Tamil and would be released simultaneously in Tamil
Ajit of Kaadaluku Mariyade fame and other Tamil artistes figure in his films
starcast and this prompted him to dub it in Tamil, he said.
of now, there are no plans to dub the film in other regional languages, though I had
thought of dubbing the film in Malayalam. But it is difficult to make films with low
budgets, the actor-turned-producer said.
disclose the total budget of the movie, Khan said post production work is still being
done. He said the film is shot with total involvementand he hoped
for the best.
that regional language movie offers did come his way, he said his handicap in picking up
languages made him decide not to act in them.