Hunt revealed that she is thrilled to have Rushdie on board. "I saw a number of actors, then Salman asked to audition. He was the best, and I was thrilled to have him," Contactmusic quoted her, as saying. "It was important to me that although the movie is in part about God, that it not simply be a Judeo-Christian god. I thought if the doctor was Indian it might imply different kinds of prayer," she added.
[an error occurred while processing this directive]Rushdie has played himself on screen numerous times, most notably in the Rene Zellweger starrer Bridget Jones's Diary.