Released today (February 15th) via BritBox in North America — the streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV — is the newly produced documentary The Beatles And India. The film spotlights the band's spiritual pursuits starting in 1965, delves into their rarely discussed brief 1966 visit to the country, and their tutelage studying Transcendental Meditation under the Maharishi Mahaesh Yogi.
The Beatles And India is based on Ajoy Bose‘s book Across The Universe – The Beatles In India, produced by Reynold D’Silva, directed by Bose, and researched by Pete Compton — with legendary Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn featured in the film. The Beatles And India has been awarded Best Film Audience Choice and Best Music at the 2021 UK Asian Film Festival “Tongues On Fire.”
The doc includes both rare and never-before-seen footage of the Beatles and the Indian ashram they stayed in during the first quarter of 1968 and gives the most complete version of the events leading up to and during the “Fab Four's” stay in Rishikesh.