SYNOPSIS: With new and vivid first-hand details and over 40 personal photos never-before-seen in any other movie about The Beatles, Emmy Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Paul Saltzman shares an extraordinary life experience in a new feature documentary, Meeting the Beatles in India. Narrated by Morgan Freeman and executive produced by TM advocate filmmaker David Lynch. There is a bonus 6 minute post-roll of never-before-seen interview footage with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and David Lynch.
ABOUT THE FILM : In 1968, with the eyes of the world upon them, The Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India, to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in a remote ashram on the banks of the sacred river Ganges. Those few short weeks became one of the most prolific and creative periods of their lives, as they wrote 48 songs in approximately 48 days (some experts say 30 songs) producing such iconic sixties anthems as Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da; Dear Prudence; Bungalow Bill; Across the Universe and Julia, many of which later featured on The White Album formally titled The Beatles. It was also the beginning of an explosion of global interest in peace, love and meditation, which continues to attract younger generations to this day. Once home to a handful of saints and holy men, Rishikesh is now considered by many to be the world capital for spiritual seekers. Also present at the ashram during those few short weeks was a young filmmaker named Paul Saltzman, there to heal a recently broken heart, while seeking his own path to understanding and enlightenment. Arriving without knowing the Beatles were there, he had to wait outside the gates for eight days. Finally, allowed in, he was taught meditation. His first 30-minute meditation was ‘a miracle’ that healed the agony of his heartbreak. The film weaves together archival material, including some stills and film footage never before seen by the public; along with interviews with long-time practitioner of transcendental meditation, film director David Lynch; Pattie Boyd; Jenny Boyd; pre-eminent Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn; journalist and editor Lewis Lapham; film composer Laurence Rosenthal, Hariprasad Chaurasia; and the real ‘Bungalow Bill’.