Monday, November 19, 2007

Did Jesus ever visit India?

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community believes that Jesus survived the crucifixion and travelled to India where he lived a full life and got married. They believe that his tomb is in Kashmir and that he had adopted the name of Yuz Asaf in Kashmir.

A new Hollywood film will now focus on Jesus' years in India, along with the three wise men, during the "missing years" of his life between the ages of 13 and 30 that are not mentioned in the New Testament.

The film, Aquarian Gospel, is based on the book of same name that claims to be the true story of the life of Jesus, including "the ‘lost' eighteen years silent in the New Testament." The book, first published in 1908, was written by Levi H. Dowling during the late 19th century. Details from The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ by Russian anthropologist Nicholas Notovich have also been included in the script for the film written by John F. Sullivan and William Keenan, who is also the producer of the $20 million adventure saga.

The film, which will be directed by Drew Heriot, will chronicle Jesus' journeys from Israel through India, Tibet, Persia, Greece and Egypt, and his encounters with people of all creeds, classes and faiths.

The producers plan to use actors from the West Asian region, India, the Far East, Europe and America along with modern-day spiritual leaders in cameo roles, portraying prominent historical and religious figures that Jesus encountered.

The film, like 300, will be shot using computer animation and actors, and the Hollywood filmmakers have started looking for suitable Bollywood and Hollywood actors.

"The Bible devotes just seven words to the most formative years of Yeshua's (believed to be Jesus' name in Aramaic) life saying: ‘The boy grew in wisdom and stature.' The film will follow Christ's journey to the East where he encounters other traditions, and discovers the principles that are the bedrock of all the world's great religions," the film's director, Drew Heriot, was quoted as saying in The Guardian.

The film, which is due for release in 2009, will be a fantasy action adventure.

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