A still from Majid Majidi’s Muhammad, Messenger of God. | (

Iran’s most expensive ever movie, “Muhammad”, which chronicles the childhood of the Muslim prophet, was release nationwide on Thursday, winning praise from early audiences.
Directed by Majid Majidi, the 171-minute, visually stunning film cost around $40, partly funded by the state, and took more than seven years to complete.

Majidi has said the aim of his work, the first part of a trilogy, is to reclaim the rightful image of Islam, which he said extremists have wrongly made violent.

“Muhammad,” which captures Saudi Arabia more than 1,400 years ago, offers much more than stereotypical trains of Arabs on camels riding across yellow sand dunes. It takes cinemagoers from the miraculous birth of the future prophet up to his teenage years, and is packed with miracles. The crew of “Muhammad” is indicative of the film’s ambition.
It includes three-time Oscar-winning Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. And the score was devised by AR Rahman, a double Academy Award winner for the Danny Boyle-directed blockbuster “Slumdog Millionaire.”
(Hindustan Times)