Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela Reviews
Incredible India !
This film shows how Hindus come together to celebrate and all the different aspects of the celebration.
I felt touched and inspired by its magnitude and simplicity.
It shows 70 million people united for the sake of goodness, for peace and universal love.
The H. H. Dalai Lama appearance, his charisma, and his message of tolerance are deep and relevant.
It made me want to go to the next Kumbh Mela and experience more of it!
Thank Maurizio and Nick for this remarkable experience!
The message stays with you!
Peace for all!
A spiritual movie with humor and tons of love...
Filmmakers Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day do a wonderful job in capturing the color, commotion and cacophony of the Kumbh Mela, which seems to put more emphasis on razzle-dazzle than religion. The festival is overpopulated with swamis, yogis and gurus who offer opaque words of wisdom designed to help steer the faithful to a more serene life and afterlife. Yet the Kumbh Mela often seems more like a circus: evening theatrical events present religious dramas with some damn hammy actors going to town in what are supposed to be plays of faith, special kiosks are set up to enable the attendees to stay connected to the Internet, and special kitchens are engineered to prepare heaping gobs of what looks to be some of the least appetizing food ever put on a plate.
The film benefits from having Swami Krishnanand, a young articulate and photogenic Indian mystic, as its quasi-narrator who tries to make sense of what is going on. The swami gets to show the camera much of the festival and even shows off a lot of himself in an extended sequence where he strips to a loincloth and bathes in the Ganges River.
"Kumbh Mela: Short Cut to Nirvana" is a handsomely photographed, beautifully edited, and constantly absorbing glimpse into a unique corner of the human experience. Western audiences may not understand everything they see in this film, but the film nonetheless makes for absorbing viewing and is highly recommended for anyone in search of a different answer to universal questions of faith and hope.