|India||HINDU ACTOR BUILDING RELIGIOUS COMPLEX FOR JESUS CHRIST|
A Hindu film actor is building a planned $A1.9 billion complex in a southeastern Indian state as a tribute to Jesus, whom he has portrayed in films and television series for the past 22 years.
Vijai Chander, whom 57 million TV viewers in India have seen play Jesus Christ, said his Karunamayudu Punya Kshetram (holy land of the compassionate) will be a "living replica" of Christ's "new kingdom" in the country.
The complex in Andhra Pradesh state's Medak district is to house a shrine and some 19 welfare projects.
Some 2000 people attended the foundation laying ceremony last week. Kondal Rao, a local Hindu tycoon, said he was "proud" to help Chander's new project which will become "the living witness of Hindu-Christian solidarity."