Mystic India

An incredible journey of inspiration

Unique Features

  • A large format Epic on a scale never seen before.
  • A period film that transports you back to 18th Century India.
  • Experience India's intricate architecture, colorful festivals, traditional rituals, fascinating peoples and landscapes.
  • A land of ancient civilization.
  • An amazing true story that has the power to inspire millions across generations.
  • 11-year-old child, 7 years, 8,000 miles, one incredible journey.
  • Filmed in over 108 locations all over India, from the freezing Himalayas to the scorching deserts.
  • A cast of 45,000.

Mystic India rediscovers India, a land of many mysteries and fascinations, the one land that all desire to see. Home of the Himalayas, the tallest mountains, India is our world's largest and oldest democracy, and contains an amazing wealth of wisdom, culture and spirituality. And within this earliest civilization known to mankind, lie hidden mystical secrets. It lies hidden in India’s silent spirituality, making her a mystic land of meditation, contemplation and enlightenment.

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Making of Mystic India

'Mystic India' is the first large format film about India made by an Indian organization. It is a monumental period film produced by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha with the talent of renowned experts of the large format film industry and the dedication of volunteers.

Location Scout

For a period film, and an large format film at that, a location has to be as far away from ‘civilization’ as possible, so that no electric cables, telephone poles or modern homes are visible – and yet be near an easily accessible road so that it doesn’t take time to reach and set up the shots. These opposing requirements were only part of the constraints for the location scout.


With a total cast of 45,000, Mystic India had the biggest cast ever in any large format film. Director Keith Melton said about the huge 8000 cast, at the end of the Rath Yatra scene shoot, “Were it not for the wonderful discipline, cooperation, patience, and dedication of the BAPS extras, this moment would not have been possible.”


Each of these 570 volunteers made their best contributions, yet chose unanimously to remain unnamed in the film’s Credits – they were not working for money or fame, but for this epic film about their country. The film does not name any of them in deference to their wishes that their service to India as a country and Mystic India as a representative of their culture remain unnamed.

For Teachers & Students

To learn more about India and share it with others, download the guide from the below link.

'Mystic India' Wins 'The Audience's Choice Prize'

Produced by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Mystic India: an Incredible Journey of Inspiration is the world's first giant screen epic on India and was recently been released at giant screen theaters worldwide. It tells the true story of Nilkanth Varni's incredible 7-year, 8,000 mile, barefoot pilgrimage of India and captures the many mysteries and fascinations of this majestic country.

At the 10th International Large Format Film Festival at La Geode in Paris, France, Mystic India won 'The Audience's Choice Prize'.

During the 20-day festival from 12 to 31 January 2005, nine giant screen films were selected by the organizers for screening. These were 'Forces of Nature" - "Nascar" - "Roar -Lions of Kalahari" - "Mystic India" - "Sacred Planet' - "Santa Vs Snowman" - "Top Speed" - "Vikings" - "3D Mania". Each film was screened at different times everyday enabling public to plan their viewing schedule.

After each show, the audience were requested to fill in a questionnaire. Throughout the festival period over 30,000 people viewed the films and voted for the prizes. Based on this, 'The Audience's Choice Prize' was awarded to Mystic India. It was by far the most popular of the films screened.

Producer & Distributer

Produced by:

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha

112 North Main Street

Robbinsville, NJ 08561 (USA)

Tel: +1 732 777 1414


Giant Screen Films

909 Davis Street, Suit 500

Evanston, IL 60201, USA

Tel: +1 847 475 9140


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