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Hippie Masala: Forever In India
Hippie Masala Forever In India
Directors: Ulrich Grossenbacher, Damaris Lthi
Genres: Documentary
NR     2009     1hr 33min

In the 1960s and 1970s thousands of hippies journeyed East to India in the search of either enlightenment, free drugs or a 'pure' life. Most moved back to their home countries after a few months or years while some stayed ...  more »


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Directors: Ulrich Grossenbacher, Damaris Lthi
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: Alive Mind
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/02/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

A Passage to India
Amaranth | Northern California | 05/30/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Hippie Masala" is an engrossing documentary about Europeans in India. Most of the former hippies are from Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, and are married to Indian women. There's Meera, a Belgian woman who lives as a sadhu (at the end of the film, it says she briefly worked as a nude model in Europe) with massive dreadlocks. Cesare from Italy is hunchbacked, with dreadlocks, and chanting endlessly to Shiva. There's a tension between their Western upbringing and their life in Eastern culture. Sadly, many are estranged from their families.

"Hippie Masala",surprisingly, lacks Americans. Going to India to seek enlightenment in the '60s seems mainly to have been a European phenomenon, a notable example being the Beatles (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)In "Hippie Masala",the Europeans have embraced Hinduism. Meera and Cesare live as sadhus, as renunciates. A man from Switzerland paints Hindu motifs. Another man, ironically, fancies himself peace-loving when he wishes aloud that hunting were legal in India,and carries his rifle as he goes into the mountains. In America, on the other hand, Buddhism trumped Hinduism due to its accessibility.

"Hippie Masala" is a great documentary about East meeting West."