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A dedicated disciple

A scene from Sri Siddhartha Gautama. Photo © youtube.com

When Bollywood actor Gagan Malik accepted the role of Buddha in the epic film Sri Siddhartha Gautama almost a decade ago, little was he aware his life would be forever changed.

The film, a Sri Lankan production by famed director Saman Weeraman released in 2013, enabled the actor to expand his fan base outside India. In Thailand, Gagan Malik became a household name. Siddhartha won several film honours at the 2014 UN Vesak Buddhist Film Festival in Hanoi and Malik grabbed the best actor award.

The casting for Siddhartha was really tough, he recalled, as he had to compete with 300 actors from Sri Lanka and other countries aspiring to be the lead. Yet, it turned…

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