The Friday gone by was eventful for Eros. While the announcement came in around first ever Sino-Indian co-production with Chinese Film Corporation (CFC) in Shanghai which even had Prime Minister Narendra Modi on stage, what makes the film special is the fact that it tells the tale of a Buddhist monk who travelled across India many centuries ago.
Titled Da Tang Xuan Zang (Monk Xuan Zang), the film is being made by Eros in collaboration with Chinese state owned production company, Chinese Film Corporation (CFC). The announcement came on the eve of PM Modi’s highly anticipated visit to China. With this news, Eros International has become the first Indian studio to associate with the Chinese government and co-produce an Indo-Sino film. The movie which is based on the life of a Chinese monk (Monk Xuanzang) stars popular and multi-talented Chinese actor, Huang Xiaoming and will be directed by Huo Jianq.
As per Wikipedia, Xuan Zang (c. 602 – 664), was a Chinese Buddhist monk, scholar, traveler, and translator who described the interaction between China and India in the early Tang dynasty. From boyhood, he took to reading religious books, including the Chinese classics and the writings of ancient sages. He later travelled throughout China in search of sacred books of Buddhism. Subsequently, he developed the desire to visit India. This is when he became famous for his seventeen-year overland journey to India, which is recorded in detail in the classic Chinese text Great Tang Records on the Western Regions.
Coming back to the film, the film’s announcement was made in the presence of the head of CFC, Mr. La Peikang, Mr. Kumar Ahuja – President, Business Development, Eros International Media Ltd and Mr. Tong Gang of SAPPRFT (State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China) along with actor Huang Xiaoming and director Huo Jianq.
Interestingly, there is also a Xuan Zang Memorial Hall in Nalanda, Bihar, India, hence re-affirming the historical reference and the relevance that the subject and the film enjoy.