Bollywood comes to Holy Land for film about Jesus

JERUSALEM (AP) - August 31, 2010

Director Singeetham Srinivasa Rao says his production will have an all-Indian cast of child actors, featuring seven devotional songs.

Producer Konda Krishnam Raju said at a news conference Tuesday that the film focuses on the childhood of Jesus, a contrast with other movies that depict his later years.

"This is the first presentation of this type in Bollywood history," he added.

At $30 million, the filmmakers say, it's one of India's highest budget movies. An average Indian movie costs about $500,000.

Aditya Productions plans to release the movie next year.

Christians in India number 24 million, or about 2.3 percent of the population.

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