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post Nov 23 2009, 02:22 PM
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Days of the Taj

Prithwish Ganguly / DNASunday, November 22, 2009 23:59 IST


Mumbai: After a nearly two-year wait comes the official announcement that Sir Ben Kingley's production house SBK Pictures is making a movie called Taj.


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Sir Ben Kingsley announces his ambitious film Taj, starring Aishwarya Rai as Mumtaz Mahal and himself as Shah Jahan.Ben will star as Shah Jahan and Bollywood's global icon Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is playing Mumtaz Mahal in this period drama that will try to recreate the eternal love story that inspired the Taj Mahal.

Interestingly, there's no Bipasha Basu in the film as suggested by some earlier reports.
While the makers are not revealing their entire cast just now, Ben might spill the beans when he visits India for the International Film Festival of India in Goa, which starts next week. The project has a budget of $25-30 million and Ben will be meeting Indian investors to fund the film.

"With my passion for India and the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, I am compelled to ask "why" and "how" this scream of grief, frozen in marble, came into being," Ben said in a statement. "We have a beautiful script by David Ashton (British playwright and novelist). We so look forward to working with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and all the other great creative souls this project is already attracting."

DNA has learnt through sources that the process of seeking permission from authorities to shoot at the Taj Mahal -- and several other historical monuments of Shah Jahan's reign -- has started. The movie will be filmed entirely in India but the post-production will happen in Hollywood.



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Hollywood to rebuild the Taj Mahal

Prithwish Ganguly / DNA Tuesday, June 15, 2010 13:33 IST


Mumbai: Hollywood might soon have its own Taj Mahal. A production house is set to recreate the iconic monument of love at its state-of-the-art studio for a movie starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan. Sir Ben, who is making an ambitious movie on the Taj, has foresighted a logistical problem that might prevent the crew from shooting the project entirely in India.



The Indian Government has always declined requests from film-makers to allow them to shoot within the premises of the Taj Mahal. Several movies, including the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, only got a long shot of the Taj Mahal. This is due to the constant security and terror threat that the monument faces. So photography of any form is prohibited inside the Taj Mahal.

A source says, “Sir Ben is bent on shooting the film in India and especially in the Taj Mahal. But he knows getting permission will be difficult as the government is strict about filming the Taj. So, he is already looking for an alternative. Sir Ben is ready to recreate the Taj at a Hollywood studio. A research team will exactly brief the set designers about the elements from the insides of the Taj so that they can create a near-perfect replica.”

Sir Ben says, “I am looking forward to coming down and shooting in India. Iam sure that would be a great experience and we will look at the logistics of it. I want to shoot the entire movie in India but it looks like shooting in the Taj might not be all that easy. In that case, we will look to do those portions in a studio in Hollywood.”

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