From 1792 to 1799, Neelkanth walked
alone, barefoot and barebody, 8000 miles for 7 years through the length
and breadth of India. Carrying no maps, no food and no clothing, how
he crossed the roaring rivers, faced ferocious animals and survived
the freezing winter of the Himalayas, is still a mystery. It is a
story of struggle, of kindness and of courage even when face to face
with a man-eating lion.
Mystic India takes you through
icy peaks to the cool blue Lake Mansarovar, into the wild jungles
of Sunderbans and the rainforests of Assam, through barren deserts
and to the silent shores of South India. Explore and learn from the
majesty and mysticism of India's art and architecture, music and dance,
faces and festivals, customs and costumes which are brought to life
on the giant screen.
This entertaining, educating
and enlightening giant screen film (15perf/70mm) rediscovers India,
a land of many mysteries and fascinations. It is the world’s
first large format epic on India. A period film set 200 years back
in time, it retraces the incredible journey of an 11-year old child
yogi, Neelkanth. In 1792 AD, he walked for 12,000 km continuously
for 7 years, barefoot and barebody, through the length and breadth
of India, from the Himalayas to the southern sea-shores. Based on
this inspiring true-life story and journey all over India, the film
explores unique elements of India, like:
intricate art and architecture, symbolizing creativity of
festivals, among the largest and most spectacular in the world.
customs and intriguing rites and rituals with deeper meanings
for peaceful living…
an epitome of the world with its natural and geographical
diversity containing nearly every kind of habitat on earth.
oldest and largest democracy with one of the world’s
most diverse peoples living together, with every shade of
skin and a vast variety of cultures.
contribution to the world including concepts like Non-Violence
and practices like Yoga and Ayurveda for natural health…
of silent spirituality, making her a mystic land of meditation
and contemplation, where quest continues to understand secrets
of life beyond our material world
light and wisdom of India, seeking to know not how to conquer
the world but how to live in peace, how to live together in
essence and message of “Mystic India” that there
can be Unity in Diversity, that we are a single human family,
capable of living together, loving one another.
Thus, more than just a breathtaking
journey, and the heroic tales of the child’s tolerance and survival,
his values of faith, friendship and fearlessness, the film presents
a unique journey into the mind and soul of India through the eyes
of an innocent child.
Over two shooting schedules in
March - May 2003 and Jan-Feb 2004, the Mystic India production team
traveled to more than 100 different film locations in India, at times
shooting in hostile conditions at a height of 13,000 feet, re-creating
the adventures of Neelkanth in the astonishing detail of large format.
Capturing dazzling images and scenes on a scale never seen before
in large format, this film transports the audience to some of India's
most sacred and treasured destinations.
The epic proportions of the film
climax in the Rath Yatra (The Festival of Chariots). Colossal, 5-storey
high chariots on mammoth wheels roll past 8,000 people in period dress
of the 18th century from all corners of India. The experience is immense
And what makes the film unique and educative are the questions it
answers about India, her culture and way of life. Even the silent,
meditative moods transmit the simple messages of love, service and
harmony; unraveling India's greatest gift to the world, its unity
Mystic India is an epic journey
into the land and soul of India.