Short Cut To Nirvana: A Pilgrimage to the Kumbh Mela

Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day bring us the world's largest religious event, the Hindu Kumbh Mela, in a way that is interesting, insightful, and often funny. The documentary allows the viewer to feel the spirituality of this every twelve year event that may have brought 70 million people together and yet I could not escape the idea that the movie began with little planning and that without the lucky aid of some of the filmed participants the project would have been reduced to random filming. Worse yet, I still cannot explain exactly what the Kumbh Mela is or what it represents to the believers.