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TiE Spotlight : Riding on a Sunbeam - With Brahmanand Siingh

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Director: Brahmanand Siingh (National award winner)

Synopsis:

Riding on a Sunbeam: Journeys through Space, Time, Life and Love is a special and exciting travel film that follows Mauktik Kulkarni (an Engineer turned Neuroscience student turned Zen traveller) and Samantha Jo (a Berkeley undergrad taking a gap semester) … in an unconventional touristy way.

Playfully, abundantly and on occasions, acutely, they explore the contradictions of our Indian society with interesting perspectives … exploring economically developed places alongside backward regions, staunchly nationalistic mind sets side by side with the insurgency prone pockets and the socially conservative elements that co-exist with countless liberal lifestyles … All within the same India.

Through smaller stories experienced throughout with the eyes of the two protagonists … Mauktik, who now turns to his own country and Sammy who has never seen India before, the film creates a mosaic of India that is at once exhilarating, reflective, enchanting and laughable … in a way that has rarely been seen before.

Riding on a Sunbeam: Journeys through Space, Time, Life and Love … is a film that weaves a tale out of these peripatetic travel experiences into a distilled elixir of stories and insights, of courage and of universal humanity.

Brief Bio:

Mauktik Kulkarni, Executive Producer and co-anchor of Riding on a Sunbeam, is an engineer-turned-neuroscientist and is an entrepreneur at heart. He has been a part of two successful startups and is currently co-founder of a third startup named Wazzat Labs. He is an author, film maker, public speaker and traveler who has backpacked through more than 50 countries. His first book ‘A Ghost of Che,’ a memoir based on his solo, 8000km motorcycle trip in South America, was published in 2009 and he is working on his second book based on his one-year, round-the-world trip. He has delivered invited lectures on neuroscience, entrepreneurship, traveling, film-making and anything else that strikes his fancy. He has been a guest columnist for travel/sports and, over the past few years, gotten into film-making. ‘Riding on a Sunbeam,’ his first film project, is a backpacking film about India directed by National-award winner Brahmanand Singh. He is currently working on his second film project, which is a feature film adaptation of his book.

Riding on a Sunbeam – What they are saying:

“I saw the film and it was interesting to see India through the eyes of a foreign national.. And seeing India with its myriad subcultures.. We may not be the cleanest country but it has been proved that the fabric of our nation is strong.. It was also an engaging experience.. A must watch for urban India and urban students especially.. I was deeply touched by the Anandvan part..kudos to Mauktik and his team!”

– Parag Shah, Founding Director, FLAME institute & TEDx speaker (India)

“What a fantastic journey and experience! I didn’t know what to expect when I started to watch this film and I’m glad it surprised me a lot (in a good way), I was very impressed. I really enjoyed it and the time flew by so fast. I wondered while watching the film how you decided to visit these different places, and what the main topic was. But these questions vanished when the film ended. Honest, poetic and original in its form, this documentary gave me the impression of being more a travel journal or a private diary than a “typical” documentary about India (about a specific theme). What I really liked is that the film is not only about India, but about the personal experience of Mauktik and Samantha. We discover the country through their eyes. And that’s outstanding.

You know, when you write a diary, your writing usually follows your thoughts, what you experience and have in mind day by day. It’s far from a script in which the coherence prevails. That’s why, sometimes, the film can give the impression to be disjointed. But it makes sense when we think about the idea of a diary, alternating between scenes about India (the places, the people, etc.) and scenes focusing more specifically on Samantha and Mauktik experiences. There isn’t any common topic simply because we don’t explore only one topic/place, but we follow the journey of the month-long trip of Samantha and Mauktik. I think it is the strength of the film and what makes its originality.

Overall, I found everything fascinating: the places you visited, wonderfully shot; the people you met and their experiences that were all inspirational; the candid moments you shared with us and your thoughts about this journey, how meaningful it was. The film was very well edited and I’m glad it was a 108-minute film (and not more brief than that). I definitely agree with what a viewer said: “The movie does a great job of highlighting contrast without really mentioning it.”

– Melanie Le Forestier, Editor/Film major (France)

“This marvelous documentary doesn’t show you a typical India from a tourist’s perspective. It captures untouched parts of India that you probably haven’t chanced upon, from the perspectives of two completely different people – one raised in the east and the other in the west. The film is a gentle reminder of how truly diverse India is. The film is very refreshing with natural unscripted conversations that you can relate to.

Mauktik and Samantha did a great job in helping me experience the adventure they lived. Anandvan was my favorite; seeing humans and wild animals coexisting harmoniously brought a sense of peace and bliss. It left me hungry for more. Awesome job! You inspire the traveler in me.”

– Avanti Rege, Chartered Accountant (USA)

“’We wander for distraction, but travel for fulfillment’ – Hilaire Belloc

You have done something incredible. The places of your choice and the people you talked to, is such a welcome break from the routine places that most people clamor to see. The 2 hours seems more of a teaser than a movie. I for one, would not have minded watching a couple more hours of your adventure. I really hope, attempts like yours would encourage more youngsters to backpack and explore India the way you have done.

Thank you for sharing your wondering experience and good luck for the launch. Cant wait for your next adventure.”

– Satish Mugulavelli, Tech entrepreneur (India)

“I had very high expectation from this movie not because it was about India but because of the fact that you were part of it and I am very pleased to say it did not disappoint me.

I was very excited to watch this and I had the same feeling when I wait for Aamir Khan ‘s new movie. The only difference was the entertainment part. Your movie made us rethink the way we look at life and people; especially from India. Amazing work done at Anandwan and time you spent talking to key people there was very touching. 2 stories made me sad. First was about the Northeast people who still consider themselves outsiders because of our political system and other sad state where girls are still neglected in many parts of India.

I am so proud of you and if you ask to me review it I can say “it was beautiful and Job well done”.

You skipped big cities and covered NE and villages, shared candid moments when travelling in train, local bus and I consider that part as highlight of the movie.“

– Hrishikesh Harshe, Project Engineer, Samsung (USA)

“Thanks for giving me the opportunity to watch pre released copy of Riding on a Sunbeam documentary.

Being summer vacation for kids, me and my nephew watched the movie on weekend. I liked all the interesting stories covered in it.

My nephew liked Baba Amte’s Anandwan very much.

I personally feel this documentary needs to get its credit by showing to international audience,travelers and visitors who are interested in India and Indian culture.

Best of luck to the entire team.”

– Sunil Mantri, IT consultant (India/Canada)

“’Riding on a Sunbeam’ documentary had raised my curiosity since I got to know of it, almost 2 years back! Long wait ended by attending its screening at NCPA. Intriguing it is – one gets overwhelmed by the diversity of India. It gets enhanced by sharp observations of Samantha, a foreigner as compared to Mauktik’s who knows good and bad of both east and the west. Lighter tone with some funny quotes -is its specialty, unlike documentaries that are usually serious. Also direction/ cinematography ensures that audiences feel the pulse of traveling. Congratulations and all the very best to the whole team. I do wish for a sequel, which hopefully will also cover diversity of westernized India.”

– Payal Tidke, Architect & Tour Guide (India)

“Great film … much more than just a story of a man’s travel across the country. Helps you understand India, understand how and what people think in our country, and will force you to think and question your own concept of right and wrong. Over and above this, a lesson in diversity of India. Well made. Deserves to be watched more.”

– Sumit Saurav, CEO, Campus Diaries (India)

“I watched the documentary. Twice! I am very happy to be associated with the film and know the filmmaker Mr Mauktik Kulkarni, who gave me the opportunity to live vicariously through his book and now, this film. The film has hit upon so many socio-cultural aspects entrenched in Indian society, that most Indians would not know existed (I certainly am one of them). I always feel like I need to travel more, but have not been able to, or perhaps have not been sufficiently motivated. Mauktik’s film has given me new hope and inspiration, to get off my armchair wanderings in thought and actually hit the road! There is so much of my own country that I don’t know about and have not seen. So many places to go to, so many experiences to soak in. While touching upon so many ‘curious customs’, the film gives a taste of what India truly is, yet in many ways gives the feeling that we are only scratching at the surface. It sets the stage up perfectly for many sequels to follow, which are likely not humanly possible to cover by a single person in a lifetime, but is reason enough, to pick your bags, go out and explore! Brilliant execution on debut with crisp editing.”

– Suvid Nadkarni, PhD, Applied Materials R&D (Singapore)

“What a marvelous journey it was. I saw few things twice-thrice…The film is an outstanding effort and I am happy to be associated with it in a smallest possible way…it clicked us that it would be nice to go on such a trip ourselves…Indeed, India is an amazing place and as very interested travelers, our family has covered almost the entire breadth and width of it barring a few areas such as the north-eastern states. Yet, the India that was showcased through the journey on the ‘sunbeam’ was an entirely different experience. The filming is such that the viewer feels as if he is traveling himself. Kudos to the script, screenplay and editing!! It was a one-sitting-viewing and was thoroughly enjoyable!!“

– Ajay Deskhar, CEO 3D Engineering (India)

“This Documentary was fun watching…it not only did show India in its natural flavor but also touched upon so many social issues in each region. Totally loved the movie…kudos to the team to have lived through this entire journey and experienced it first hand. Loved the description of the bus ride in one of the places… a real experience. Also, please do a sequel to this documentary covering South. Waiting for this documentary to release and to recommend to my family /friends…. All the best!”

– Prashanthi Reddy, Project Manager, Target Corp. (India)

“……..The travelogue revives the romance of an Indian landscape, outside its cities. I found myself reminiscing about roundtrips during summer vacations several years ago! It reminded me how long I had been away and how many things have changed and yet remain the same.

Samantha’s enthusiasm is infectious. Mauktik and team, congrats on bringing an idea to life.“

– Gautami Palanki, Sustainability Professional (USA)

“What a journey! As it says in the beginning, there is a difference between a traveller and a tourist – you guys have captured that really well. Whether the viewer knows nothing about India to start with, or has spent their entire life in India, it’s a safe bet that everyone will find *something* new in there to be amazed by and to learn from, something they had never encountered before. It makes you want to do something, go out, explore, learn, and grow. Kudos and all the best for a successful launch.”

– Naren Kamat, Manager, AMD (USA)

“The film shows that travel is all about journey … in all aspects … even in thoughts … It also made me more aware that how blessed i am in certain aspects be it education , or freedom of almost everything. You have showcased incredible Amte Family and i am too small to talk about their work … but just hats off to them. People there show us how to work with what we have … be it disability and stop cribbing about it … In nutshell i think you covered the land , people , thoughts in this films very well …a true journey. “

– Meeta Meher, Product Manager, Evina Health (India)

“Wow!! The film is really amazing! Congrats! It is super impressive. I really enjoyed watching it…the scenery and backdrops (amazing footage!), the visuals, the unique places you visited in India (so refreshing that you didn’t visit any played out spots!), the people you interviewed, the new perspectives gained, the meaningful conversations you had with people, the insights you had to offer on what you saw and heard, the quotes you got from people, the contrasts you portrayed and how you juxtaposed the differing cultures, traditions, religions, and belief systems within India. Overall, a fantastic viewing experience. It is a film that will definitely inspire people to take the path less travelled and get out to see the world!”

– Shveta Kulkarni, Corporate Lawyer (Denmark)

“Riding on Sunbeam is not your typical travel documentary with a singlular mission and formulaic video sequences. It tries to give it’s audience much more to experience with its ambitious number of locations and stories it offers, as well as the length of time you are able to savor them. I am American and the editing is rather unorthodox to what I am used to. That said, this difference enabled me to feel a deeper essence and connection to what I was learning about. I traveled to India around the time this film was shot, and it seems to me that the film is indeed an apt representation of this country ; expansive, beautiful, thought-provoking and an enchanting place to be in. Thank you for this unique perspective on such a unique destination. I shall return!”

– Mary-Jo Meinhold, Yoga instructor (USA)

“In a time when movies are complicated with intense plots, this movie comes as a refreshingly simple tale – a tale of two unlikely candidates on an unlikely journey! Having lived in India and spent countless hours getting busy with work, cricket, politics, etc. one tends to never get to know the real India. The India where people are gripped by unimaginable nuances which are both awesome and ridiculous in their own ways. I thank Mauktik and Brahma for showing us aspects which make you smile but more importantly, sit back and think. The movie does a great job of highlighting contrast without really mentioning it. Definitely worth watching!”

– Abhishek Rege, CTO, Vasoptic, Inc. (USA)
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