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The Light of Asia

Directed by Franz Osten and Himansu Rai
1925    1h 37m
This adaptation of Arnold's 1861 Orientalist epic opens with documentary shots of tourists in Bombay watching street performers. Then a white-bearded old man sitting under the bodhi tree tells the tourists the story of Gautama (Rai), son of King Suddodhana (Ukil) and Queen Maya (Bala), who left his consort Gopa (Seeta) and became a wandering teacher credited with founding Buddhism. The religious epic, with its idealized figures, takes up the narrative in flashback and ends with Gopa kneeling before Gautama asking to become his disciple.
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Cast of The Light of Asia
  • Seeta DeviGopa
  • Himansu RaiGautama
  • Sarada UkilKing Suddhodhana
  • Rani BalaQueen Maya
  • Prafulla RoyDevadatta
  • Modhu Bose
  • Mrinalini Devi
  • Sunalini Devi
  • Sushil Ghosh
  • Sundar Rajam
  • Ekambi 'Wilhelm' Tongo

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