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‘The Beatles and India’ set for October release

Award-winning feature documentary ‘The Beatles and India’ is set for release in October.

Film-makerAjoy Bose explores the band’s lasting legacy from their ground-breaking visit to Rishikesh in 1968. It sheds light on how India shaped the development of the greatest ever rock band and their pioneering role in bringing together two vastly different cultures.

The film is set for its UK digital release on 4 October, courtesy of 101 Films. 

This unique historical film, chronicles the enduring love affair between The Beatles and India that began more than half a century ago. The Beatles and India follows a rarely seen, fascinating time in John, Paul, George and Ringo’s career and brings it to life with archive footage, recordings and photographs, alongside eye-witness accounts,  expert comments and visually stunning location shots. 

In 1968 the legendary band brought their Western celebrity circus to a remote Himalayan ashram in Rishikesh in  search of spiritual enlightenment. What happened next had a profound effect on the whole band… and the whole world. 

Inspired by Ajoy Bose’s book, ‘Across The Universe – The Beatles In India’,  British Indian music entrepreneur Reynold D’Silva has taken the amazing saga further by producing Bose’s directorial debut.  Bose and cultural researcher, co-director, Pete Compton,  have created an audio-visual presentation that stands apart from the many documentaries on the band,  delving deep into the most crucial period of their evolution from the world’s most famous pop stars into multi-faceted pioneering musical artists. 

The documentary won Best Film Audience Choice and Best Music in Tongues On Fire, the 2021 UK Asian Film Festival, where it premiered earlier this year. 

The DVD and Blu-ray release from Cherry Red and an album ‘Songs Inspired By The Film The Beatles And India’ is released on Silva Screen Records will follow on 29th October. 

Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip is the Editor of Entertainment Focus and the Managing Director of agency Piñata Media.

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