Mallika Sherawat sure is doing some interesting movies. Apart from her much-discussed role in the forthcoming movie Hisss, Mallika will also star in the movie version of The Aquarian Gospel, expected to be released in 2009.
And for once, she is not doing sexy. In The Aquarian Gospel, Mallika Sherawat plays Saraswati, a good friend of Jesus and an ascetic, whom she accompanies on his travels.
The Aquarian Gospel will be directed by Drew Heriot and co-written by John F. Sullivan and Keenan.
The Aquarian Gospel, a book first published in 1908, chronicles the missing years in Jesus Christ’s life, from 13 to 30. In the missing years, according to The Aquarian Gospel, Jesus travels around the world, from Israel through India, Tibet, Persia, Greece and Egypt. He is said to have wandered all over India and taken inspiration from Eastern philosophies.
This movie is going to stir up a hornet’s nest in so many ways, that the mind boggles.
Roman Catholics are going to denounce this as heresy. Sure they like watching Mallika Sherawat too, but in some distinctly non-religious movies. Placing a Mallika Sherawat named Saraswati alongside a celluloid Jesus, oh my.
Even if they do grudgingly live with the notion of Jesus travelling to India, there is no way can accept Mallika Sherawat, oops Saraswati, as a co-traveller.
The Hindus will take offence at goddess Saraswati’s name being used on many counts.
a) Saraswati’s name being used in vain, in a Hollywood movie. Which are immoral, from the core.
b) Saraswati wandering all over India with Jesus Christ, that too unchaperoned. What the..!
c) And the most rankling reason of all: Mallika Sherawat, that queen of Oomph, that blot on Indian womanhood, to be named Saraswati! And then she hangs out with who?! MF Hussain is sure going to get some company soon!
Expect many coronaries, that is if the movie gets made.
There are some rumors that Saraswati may be the love interest of Jesus Christ. If that is true, expect bloodshed.
The Guardian had said that the Indian church has dismissed the movie as “Hollywood filmmakers in search of a new audience rather than the truth.”
John Dayal, president of the All India Catholic Union was quoted as saying, “I have personally investigated many of these claims and they remain what they first seem: fiction. I am sure it will make money but I do not think it will displace thousands of years of biblical thought.”
The Aquarian Gospel is described as a fantasy action adventure about Jesus’ early life. William Sees Keenan, producer and screenwriter of The Aquarian Gospel, have said, “We think that Indian religions and Buddhism, especially with the idea of meditation, played a big part in Christ’s thinking. In the film we are looking beyond the canonised gospels to the ‘lost’ gospels.”
The Aquarian Gospel will be made at a budget of $20 million.
The rest of the cast is yet to be decided.