Back in 1968 The Beatles took a game-changing trip to Rishikesh, India. Deciding to study Transcendental Meditation – what David Lynch still swears by and raises awareness of with his foundation – they met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in a remote ashram on the banks of the sacred river Ganges. As peaceful as it sounds, they were of course watched by the world, and so shied away from media at the time. Luckily, the then upcoming young Canadian filmmaker Paul Saltzman was there seeing his own path to enlightenment, and he captured the four icons in their element.
Now the man behind some of the most notorious portraits of The Beatles, 50 years after those few short weeks on the riverbanks Saltzman is giving us a sneak peek into their peaceful world. Due out in Autumn 2018, together with co-producer Reynold D’Silva, The Beatles In India will feature their stay and the songs that they composed, in the run up to the release of the White Album in November of that year. The film will follow how Transcendental Meditation applies to creativity and how The Beatles progressed through their music with the help of the divine journey they went on in Rishikesh. Including rare footage and images, there will also be never seen before interviews with the four of them: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
D’Silva explained that “the idea of a Beatles in India documentary has been with me since the mid-nineties” and then it turned out that Paul Saltzman “had been harbouring the idea for even longer”. Set to be a highlight of the documentary film world, stay tuned for the release later this year. Until then here’s Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton singing ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ in memory of George Harrison: