Lakshen and director-producer Subhash Ghai will present the film project at a press conference during the current Cannes Film Festival – and it is already a hot topic in the media. (Update: the new working title is ‘Osho: The Other Side of the Ocean’)
The film will be presented under the working title ‘Osho, Lord of the Full Moon’ at a press conference during the Cannes Festival in France on Tuesday, 15th May 2018, 4pm.
In the wake of the media attention Osho has received after the screening of the Netflix docuseries ‘Wild Wild Country’, which Osho News has extensively reported about in recent weeks, this might be indeed the right moment when Lakshen’s project, which has been brewing in his pot for quite some time, is being picked up. We spoke about his project already in an interview Lakshen gave to Osho News in 2010 (Beyond the Goal – and the Projections), when the film still had the working title, ‘Osho the Movie’.
While ‘Wild Wild Country’ focused on the period in which Osho created his community in Oregon that became very controversial, Lakshen’s film will show not only that part but the entire perspective of Osho’s work and explore the pieces that the Netflix series had missed.
The idea for this film was inspired by movies such as ‘Witness’ by P. Weir; S. Lumet’s ‘A Stranger Among Us’ and Bertolucci’s ‘Little Buddha’. The parallels with these titles are that the action-thriller genre is combined with a journey inside unconventional communities, such as the Amish for ‘Witness’ and the Hasidic Jews for ‘A Stranger Among Us’. Furthermore, as in ‘Little Buddha’, a book will be used as a device to re-live – through a series of flashbacks – Osho’s spiritual realization.
The story unfolds on two levels; through action – often dramatic – portraying the ups and downs of events around the master in different parts of the world, and through the more mystical and poetic flashbacks set in Kipling’s India in transition from British domination to independence.
Besides Osho, “The most dangerous man after Jesus Christ,” as the American author Tom Robbins called him, the other main character of the film will be Clara, a TV journalist who puts her career at stake trying to discover if the guru is a conman, or an enlightened genius. Answering this question will change the journalist’s life forever!
Director: Lakshen Sucameli
Creative Advisor: Subhash Ghai
Consultant Scriptwriter: Kamlesh Pandey
Director of Photography: Fabio Cianchetti
Line Producer: Guido De Laurentiis
Producers: Navala Productions Ltd – Mukta Arts Ltd
Update, May 17: The working title was been changed just before the presentation to ‘Osho: The Other Side of the Ocean’
Update, May 18 (amended): Lakshen informed us that the consultant scriptwriter, Kamlesh Pandey, used to attend as a sannyasin the meditation camps in Mt Abu.
Text by Punya
More information about the film and contributors can be found in the press kit (PDF).
Interview with Lakshen on Osho News
Beyond the Goal – and the Projections
More on this film project on Osho News
Media coverage of the announcement
Indian Express: May 17, 2018: Subhash Ghai: Osho Lord of the Full Moon will be about the mild side of Osho
Evening Standard, May 17, 2018: Subhash Ghai to produce Osho biopic with Navala Productions
Latest Khabar, May 17, 2018
After Wild Wild Country, another biopic on Osho and it will be backed by showman Subhash Ghai
News City, May 16, 2018: Subhash Ghai to produce international biopic on Osho Rajneesh
Bollybakwas, May 16, 2018: Subhash Ghai announces biopic on late spiritual guru Osho Shree Rajneesh!
Bollywood Hungama, May 15, 2018: After Wild Wild Country, another biopic on Osho and it will be backed by showman Subhash Ghai
United News of India, May 14: Mukta Arts ties-up with NAVALA Production, Rome to co-produce film on life of mystic Osho
Indian Express, May 14, 2018: Subhash Ghai to produce Osho biopic with Navala Productions
Free Press Journal, May 14, 2018: Subhash Ghai to back biopic on Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh aka ‘Osho’
Times Now, May 14, 2018: Subhash Ghai to produce biopic on controversial godman Osho
Cinestaan, May 14, 2018: Cannes 2018: Subhash Ghai to co-produce Osho biopic
TelevisionPost, May 14, 2018: Mukta Arts partners Rome-based Navala Production to co-produce film based on Osho
Variety, May 13, 2018: Controversial Cult Leader Rajneesh Gets Indian-Italian Biopic by Patrick Frater
Indian Express, May 13, 2018: Subhash Ghai to back biopic on Osho Rajneesh
Scroll.in, May 13, 2018: Subhash Ghai to co-produce Rajneesh biopic with Italian filmmaker: ‘Variety’
Highly Cited, May 13, 2018: Controversial Cult Leader Rajneesh Gets Indian-Italian Biopic
ANI News, May 13, 2018: Subhash Ghai to back biopic on Shree Rajneesh
LatestLY, May 13, 2018: Subhash Ghai to Produce Biopic on Late Osho Rajneesh