JNN 17 Sept 2012 Tehran : As anger is at its peak all around the Islamic world at the US produced anti-Islam movie that offended Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), award-winning Iranian director Majid Majidi announced that his new movie on Prophet Mohammad’s life is almost completed.
The movie, which cost over 30 million dollars – the highest budget spent on a film in Iran in the past two years – is a three part historical epic that narrates the prophet of Islam’s childhood, specifically before he was 12 years old, that before the revelation, and his life after revelation and the spread of Islam.
The shooting of the fim started last October in south Iran, and the movie is expected to be broadcast in December.
Iranian directors had issued a statement on Friday , condemning the “Innocence of Muslims” film that insulted the Islamic Prophet, reassuring that “such a move would never harm the radiant face and image of Prophet Mohammad”.
In a separate statement Majid Majidi also condemned the move, saying that “those who have produced the sacrilegious film intend to portray Islam and its prophet as a Taliban-like sect, but to no avail.”
According to Fars news agency, “the statement further blamed the regional dictators who have been recently overthrown by their people for such a desecration of Islam, cautioning that their lack of action in previous cases has emboldened such arrogant individuals”.
Majid is among the one of the Best , Well renowned Directors of the World .
Majid was Born in an Iranian middle-class family, he grew up in Tehran and at the age of 14 he started acting in amateur theater groups. He then studied at the Institute of Dramatic Arts in Tehran.
Amin Tarokh, Mehdi Pakdel and Sareh Bayat along with a number other actors have joined the cast of the Iranian blockbuster “Muhammad (S)”, which is being made by writer-director Majid Majidi.
This film will depict the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S) from the age of 12 until his appointment to prophethood.
“Havana File” actor Tarokh will play the role of Abd al-Muttalib, the grandfather of the Prophet Muhammad (S), the Public Relations Office of the film announced on Monday.
Pakdel, best known for his career in theater performances, will play the Prophet’s uncle Abu Talib opposite Pantea Mehdinia who will play his wife, Fatimah bint Asad.
Bayat, who rose to fame in “Nader and Simin, a Separation”, will act in the role of Halimah, the wet nurse of Muhammad (S) in childhood. Jafar Qasemi will appear as her husband Harith.
Actor of “Bride of Fire”, Hamid Farrokhnejad, has already landed the role of Abu Sufyan, one of the leading opponents of the Prophet (S) before accepting Islam.
Rana Azadivar, who acted in “About Elly” and “Lizard”, will appear as Uma Jamil, wife of Abu Lahab, a major leader of the Quraysh tribe in Mecca, opposite Mohammad Asgari who will play Abu Lahab.
Other members of the cast include Mina Sadati, who will appear as Aminah, the mother of the Prophet (S) and Hamidreza Tajdowlat, who will play the role of his uncle Hamzah that had been played by the U.S. actor Anthony Quinn in Moustapha Akkad’s “The Message”.
Mohsen Tanabandeh as the Jewish merchant Samuel, Sadeq Hatefi as the Christian monk Buhayra and Hedayat Hashemi as the released slave Hanatah are other members of the cast.
The cast members have been selected under the supervision of Majid and the Italian makeup artist Giannetto De Rossi.
A number of prominent cineastes from around the world have agreed to work on the film.
After the Iranian Revolution in 1979, his interest in cinema brought him to act in various films, most notably Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s Boycott in 1985.
In 1998, Majidi directed the film Children of Heaven, which was nominated to receive the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Though it lost to the Italian film Life Is Beautiful by Roberto Benigni, Children of Heaven is the first Iranian film to have been nominated by the Academy.
Majidi has directed several other feature films since Children of Heaven: The Color of Paradise in 2000, Baran in 2001, and The Willow Tree in 2005; alternate English title One Life More). He also recently directed a feature-length documentary titled Barefoot to Herat which chronicles life in refugee camps and the city of Herat during and after the anti-Taliban offensive of 2001.
In 2008, Majidi’s acclaimed film The Song of Sparrows was the opening film of the Visakhapatnam International Film Festival in India .
Majid Majidi was one of five international film directors invited by the Beijing government to create a documentary short film to introduce the city of Beijing, in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics which was held in the Chinese capital; the project was titled “Vision Beijing”.
Majidi pulled out of a Danish film festival in protest against the publication in Denmark of cartoons satirizing the Prophet Muhammad. Majidi stated that he was withdrawing “to protest against insulting any religious belief or icon”. Majidi writes, “I believe in God and live with my beliefs in every single moment of my life. I would like to protest against insulting any religious belief and icon. For this reason, I would like to announce my withdrawal from your festival.”