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.
Rushdie has played himself on screen numerous times, most notably in the Rene Zellweger starrer Bridget Jones's Diary.