Friday, April 22, 2005

Documentary On Spiritual Festival Becomes A Blessing In Disguise

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A documentary film which has been blessed by a dozen Indian gurus has become a blessing in disguise for both the filmmakers and their audiences.

Short Cut to Nirvana is Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day’s chronicle of their visit to the Kumbh Mela, a meeting of 70 million spiritual pilgrims that happens every 12 years in India.

While filming, the two had several religious leaders bless their film and extend the blessing to the audience – and now that the movie is in theaters, it looks like it worked.

The filmmakers have scored good box office returns for the film, outselling movies by top directors in the theaters in which it has been screened.

Benazzo also says viewers often leave the film looking as blissed out as if they’d finished an intense meditation session.

He compares the effects of the blessed movie to “being blessed by the Pope” or another religious leader.

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