CGI will help cast ‘Buddha’

Computer-created face to be used to help find an actor

IT experts in Silicon Valley have been roped in to help in the search for an actor to play the Buddha in helmer Shekhar Kapur’s $120 million feature on the founder of Buddhism.

They have generated computer images of a face, which will be used to cast an actor in the “Buddha,” the Business Standard newspaper said.

“The software engineers have come up with wonderful images based on history and other information available from various Buddhist societies,” producer B.K. Modi of Buddha Films said from Beverly Hills.

Modi heads the family-run BK Modi Group, which has interests in telcos, entertainment, manufacturing and property development. L.A.-based subsidiary Buddha Films marks its first foray into the movie business.

In 2004, Kapur met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at his headquarters in the north Indian town of Dharamsala for his blessing and guidance on the film, which will focus on the Buddha’s teachings and his attaining enlightenment. The Dalai Lama’s office is helping with the script.

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