Over the years, several people have presented the life of Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu, widely known as Mother Teresa, as films, documentaries, and even an official biography. Now adding to the list, Indian director-writer Seema Upadhyay is in the process of making Mother Teresa’s biopic in Hindi.
The filmmaker has already asked for the required permission from the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata — the headquarters of the charity organization founded by Mother herself.
Seema told BT, “I’ve worked on this subject for three years. Mother has been my guiding light and she has ensured that I tie all the loose ends of my script and do justice to her story. The idea is to take the audience through the course of her entire life, highlighting some amazing, lesser-known faces. She was like any of us — ordinary, someone who lived with a lot of self-doubts and then, found her way through life, helping the needy with a smile on her face.”
Produced by Nitin Manmohan, Pradeep Sharma and, Girish Johar, the film will be shot at various locations around the world, including Mother Teresa’s birthplace Skopje, Paris, Ireland, and Kolkata where she set up her charity organizations. The shooting of the biopic is expected to commence sometime in September-October, this year.
Talking about the cast and crew of her film, which will include Indian and international artists, she added, “In two hours and about 140 scenes to be precise, I want to narrate an interesting life story without boring the audience. The idea is to promote humanity and unconditional love, which has become rare. We will use prosthetics, but it will require the actress to live Mother’s life. I’m yet to know who the blessed one is.”