Film: The Answer
Cast: Victor Bannerjee, Leonidas Gulaptis, Davin Attia
Director: Pavan Kaul
Rating: * * *
This true story shot across India, Romania, and the US, about a Romanian born American seeker who forsook his worldly life to enter upon an amazing journey of self-realisation, is an enlightening assay of a quest to find deeper meaning. A Bio-drama about the 22-year-old American seeker James Donald Walters (Leonidas Gulaptis) who renounced worldly life following his 1948 encounter with Indian guru Paramahansa Yogananda (Victor Bannerjee), founder of Kriya Yoga and author of ‘Autobiography of a Yogi,’ this film basically chronicles the process of inner and outer transformation that J D Walters underwent to become the revered Swami Kriyananda, founder of the Ananda Sangha.
And from that transformation, we get to understand the innate intricacies of Yogananda’s teachings. The film exposes the deep-seated and intense absorption of spiritual philosophy and perseverance and a life-long dedication to a calling dissociated from material life.
The film recounts the numerous milestones in Kriyananda’s August and humble life spent in teaching Kriya Yoga, Sanatan Dharma (universal religion) and meditation in India and around the world. Since the script is credited to Kriyananda himself, it’s obviously authentic and true and Director Pavan Kaul’s meticulousness in projecting a forgotten period where such godmen and their god like disciples existed, is to be admired.
The realistic period setting, the gentle enrichment of the human spirit and the evocative calmness of a gentle rhythm seeping through the narrative allow for greater attachment. The performances by Victor Bannerjee and Leonidas Gulaptis are poignant and soul touching. Here’s a film that is intricately designed to sooth the senses!