While the whole world tiptoes around the controversial issue of depicting the Muslim prophet in the arts, ultra conservative Iran takes us by surprise by releasing a big hit depicting his childhood.
A film depicting Prophet Muhammed's childhood directed by Majid Majidi, might be representing Iran at the Academy Awards this year, competing for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Being the first of its kind in the conservative region, the film is also the highest budgeted movie to come out of the region with an estimated budget of over $40 million dollars, which is surprisingly, partly state funded.
Majidi is aiming with his picture to erase the 'violent image' of Islam that has been taking over the world for a long time and escalating with the rise of militant groups hogging world news. Since this biopic film has been released, it has grossed over $2 million and has played in over 130 cinemas across the country. It is to be noted that Majidi's Children of Heaven has been nominated for an Oscar in 1998. Iranian cinema scored their first Academy Award with Asghar Farhadi's A Separation in 2012.
Stay tuned for the 88th Academy Awards which will take place on the 28th of February 2016.