Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela

  • Release Date: Jan 14, 2005
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 3 out of 14

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  1. SavithI.
    Jun 10, 2005
    1
    This film fails miserably a result of both gross superficiality as well as its inability to avoid an Orientalist lens. Due to the persistent, historical exoticization of Eastern tradition in Western media, what becomes vital to this sort of European-directed project is a sort of introspection regarding the process of production itself. Instead, what we see are bits and pieces of This film fails miserably a result of both gross superficiality as well as its inability to avoid an Orientalist lens. Due to the persistent, historical exoticization of Eastern tradition in Western media, what becomes vital to this sort of European-directed project is a sort of introspection regarding the process of production itself. Instead, what we see are bits and pieces of purportedly "Hindu" thought (chosen by individuals far from knowledgable about the belief system) that will undoubtedly come across as foreign to Hindus themselves! Those unfamiliar with India may be somewhat entertained by the sights and sounds, however the depiction is misleading and misrepresentative. Expand
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55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    At its strongest cataloging the sheer sensory overkill of the festival -- the faces, the food, the many roads to bliss. Only the slightest historical information is offered and no spiritual background whatsoever.
  2. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    60
    A beautifully crafted documentary.
  3. A snapshot of the festival, one that radiates good cheer and offers moments of true, godly goodness.