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Ajoy Bose, Peter Compton

The Beatles and India

Edition 2021
96' - 2021 - Documentary, Music/Musical - Dialogue: English
Director: Ajoy Bose, Peter Compton Composer: Benji Merrison With: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison
A unique historical chronicle of the enduring love affair between The Beatles and India.
A unique historical chronicle of the enduring love affair between The Beatles and India that started more than half a century ago. Rare archival footage, recordings and photographs, eye-witness accounts and expert comments along with location shoots across India, bring alive the fascinating journey of George, John, Paul and Ringo from their high octane celebrity lives in the West to a remote Himalayan ashram in search of spiritual bliss that inspires an unprecedented burst of creative songwriting. It is the first serious exploration of how India shaped the development of the greatest ever rock band and their own pioneering role bridging two vastly different cultures. Director Ajoy Bose was a teenage rebel in Calcutta in love with the Beatles when they came to India. His long mop and the psychedelic flowers painted on his shirt imitating the Fab Four led to fierce fights with his bureaucrat father. In an interesting quirk of fate half a century later as an established journalist and author, Bose was writing a book, Across the Universe to mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles historic trip to Rishikesh for the world’s largest publishing house Penguin Random House. Inspired by Ajoy Bose’s book, British Indian music entrepreneur Reynold D’Silva has now taken the amazing saga of The Beatles and India 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. (Abacus Media Rights)
“This film maps The Beatles’ saga in India. From when George first picked up a sitar, via their sightseeing trip to Delhi in July 1966, to George’s friendship with sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar and his recording of Wonderwall Music with classical Indian musicians in the HMV Bombay studios.” - The Guardian

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Ajoy Bose, Peter Compton


Benji Merrison


John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison

Director of Photography

Andy Dunn, Virendra Khanna


Ben Nugent


Reynold D'Silva

Production studios

Renoir Pictures, Silva Screen Records

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Countries of production

United Kingdom




Ajoy Bose
The Beatles and India (2021)
Peter Compton
The Beatles and India (2021)

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