An Indian director wants her for his upcoming biopic

By Stephen M. Silverman
April 04, 2006 07:45 AM

House of Wax notwithstanding, The Simple Life star Paris Hilton has yet to make a major impression on the big screen. That may soon change.

Film director T. Rajeevnath, who is based in Thiruvananthapuram, India, says Hilton is on his short list to play Mother Teresa in a biopic he’s planning about the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who worked among Calcutta’s poor with the Missionaries of Charity.

“(Hilton’s) features resemble Mother Teresa’s,” Rajeevnath – whose films include Janani (Mother), an award-winner in India about nuns caring for an abandoned infant – told Agence France-Presse yesterday.

“A meeting with Paris Hilton is scheduled for the end of April,” he said.

Rajeevnath said he stumbled upon the casting idea when he saw a computer-generated image showing what he considers a close facial resemblance between the 25-year-old hotel heiress and the Albanian-born nun, who died in 1997. Pope John Paul beatified Mother Teresa in 2003.

The director told the Indo-Asian News Service he was first impressed by Hilton when he read an article in which she said she’d refused to pose nude for Playboy.

Still, Hilton’s casting is not a slam dunk. “Although there are several actresses willing to play the role of Mother Teresa, the most widely respected and loved person, the history of the actress who is finally chosen for the role would have to be analyzed thoroughly before she is chosen,” Rajeevnath said.

Indian press reports say the movie will be in English, and shooting in West Bengal and several other countries is scheduled to begin in early 2007, with proceeds benefiting the Missionaries of Charity.