Amrapali is 1966 historical Hindi film, directed by Lekh Tandon, starring Vyjayanthimala nd Sunil Dutt s leads. It was based on the life of Amrapali (Ambapali), the nagarvadhu (royal courtesan) of Vaishali in present day Bihar, the capital of the Licchavi republic in ncient India round 500 BC nd Ajatashatru, the Haryanka dynasty king of the Magadha empire, who falls in love with her. Though he destroys Vaishali to get her, she in the meantime has been transformed by her encounter with Gautama Buddha, of whom she becomes disciple nd n Arahant herself. Her story finds mention in old Pali texts nd Buddhist traditions. The film was selected s the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film t the 39th Academy Awards, but was not ccepted s nominee.