Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela (2004)


Critic Consensus: Short on depth but amazingly insightful, this glimpse into one of the world's largest spritual gatherings is worth viewing for the eye-opening experience alone.


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This documentary explores the spiritual journey of pilgrims who converge to bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges to purify their sins during the Hindu festival of Kumbh Mela.

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Critic Reviews for Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (14)

Unless you're utterly fascinated by the minutiae of Hinduism, you may find yourself wishing for more story to this story -- and this film does not oblige.

Jul 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Too scattershot to make a real point about the true nature of a spiritual path.

Apr 29, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

A documentary chronicle of the 2001 Kumbh Mela, a sort of spiritual Woodstock held every 12 years near Allahabad, India.

Apr 15, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

Mostly, Benazzo and Day leave us alone to take in the extraordinary sights and sounds.

Apr 15, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

While this documentary about a religious pilgrimage in India feels haphazard and superficial, the glimpses it offers are never less than fascinating.

Apr 14, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

The directors and subjects evince enough contagious ecstasy to gladden the most angst-ridden Western hearts.

Apr 12, 2005 | Full Review…

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