British music monthly Uncut is bringing the announcement of a new documentary on The Beatles. This one will deal with the time the so-called ‘Fab Four’ spent in India. At the same time that the film will be released, so will be an accompanying album.
According to the monthly, The Beatles And India features rare archival footage, recordings and photographs, eye-witness accounts, and location shoots across India.
The documentary will premiere June 6th at the BFI (British Film Institute) as part of theTongues On Fire UK Asian Film Festival ahead of a full release in autumn.
A statement about the film describes it as “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”.
The film is directed by Ajoy Bose, who also wrote the book Across The Universe – The Beatles In India, with co-director Pete Crompton also serving as “cultural researcher.”
The documentary’s accompanying album, The Beatles And India: Songs Inspired By The Film, will feature interpretations by contemporary Indian artists of Beatles songs that they had been inspired to write from their time in India. The artists include Vishal Dadlani, Kissnuka, Benny Dayal, Dhruv Ghanekar, Karsh Kale, Anoushka Shankar, and Soulmate.