Nair’s film on Beatles’ Indian experience

NEW DELHI: After making several critically acclaimed movies, director Mira Nair is making a film on the Beatles and their inspirational stay at an ashram in Rishikesh in the late 1960s to learn transcendental meditation.

The 90-minute “docu-feature” will capture the Fab Four’s experience and their subsequent transformation during the stay at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas, which prompted many celebrities and youths to travel to the East in quest of peace.

The Liverpool lads composed 48 songs, 17 of which were included in their famous White Album, when they were in Rishikesh for several weeks in February, March and April in 1968 — considered the most creative period of the Beatles.

“It is not just an anthology of the Beatles. It will be more eternal. What they left over is amazing. They were really free-wheeling in their thoughts when they stayed at the ashram,” said Nair. The docu-feature will use a mix of archival footage, interviews and fresh shots of the temple town.