Chandni Trivedi : NEWYORK (TIP): Swami Chinmayananda is one of the world’s most renowned and revered exponents of Vedanta, the foundation of Hindu religion and culture. His life is a story of an unconventional seeker – a mischievous child, a rebellious youth, a revolutionary freedom fighter, a witty journalist and even a daring atheist.
The movie, ‘On a Quest’ made on the life and vision of Swami Chinmayananda is worth watching. It is not a religious film but a story about transformation and the quest for truth.
The two hour film directed by noted Director R S Prasanna very succinctly brings to life the journey of the young atheist Balakrishna Menon as he transforms from being a fiery revolutionary, sceptical academician, questioning journalist into a seeker with an ardent Quest for the Truth finally becoming a visionary Master carrying the message of the Rishis to the masses across the world.
Made by the Chinmaya Mission to mark the birth centenary celebrations of Swami Chinmayananda, this is the first ever documentation of the fiery young revolutionary’s transformation into a missionary. It is a beautifully woven and enacted story.
Swamiji apart from being a great saint was a fantastic orator. The film crew during the filming used to joke that some his dialogues are like punch lines in a Rajinikanth film. Sample this: “India is free, but are Indians free?”; “God is like the petrol in a car. Without the petrol, the car cannot run. But it is the driver who determines where the car goes.”; “Without the touch of life (read God), a sinner cannot sin neither can a monk meditate”. The film is packed with such meaningful and powerful dialogues.
The powerful film simply tries to tell a story of a man who never made claims of being a godman offering miracles. Sawmi Chinmayanda simply interpreted the Bhagavad Gita for the masses. The multi-linguist Swami simply shared his knowledge without a fee and alluring promises.
On a Quest is an unbelievably inspiring story – one that will touch hearts and open minds. It’s a story that was needed to be told. The film premiered in India across 75 plus screens and has already generated a lot of buzz. Chinmaya Mission New York will be screening the film in New York on Saturday, May 2nd at 3pm – 6pm.