Bodh Gaya: The Seat of Enlightenment

Bodh Gaya: The Seat of Enlightenment' revolves around the kind of transformation Buddhism can bring in people's lives and the role it can play in today's chaotic world. In our journey through the film, we also explore the story of the Buddha, the historical relevance of the ancient Indian pilgrimage and personal experiences of Buddhist monks and practitioners.

  • M S N Karthik
  • M S N Karthik
  • M S N Karthik
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Peace, History
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    80 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Hindi
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Director Biography - M S N Karthik

I am MSN Karthik, an Independent Filmmaker and a Product Guy from India, without any formal education in the Film. For many, films are a hobby. For some, they are a passion. But for me, films are life. Films are what shaped me since my childhood. I watched Rob Williams in awe, as he stood up on his desk to inspire his students to seize the day, in Dead Poets Society. Film seemed a powerful medium to communicate ideas and I wanted to become a filmmaker when I grew up. But in India joining such a profession was not encouraged and I had to take up an IT job to please others. But the filmmaking bug in me never died. At 24, I started honing my skills by sheer desk research. I built my own DIY filming & lighting gear and made my 1st documentary film early this year, without any professional guidance but with unparalleled conviction to deliver my story.

I realized storytelling is what defines me and is what I would want to do forever. So, I started traveling across India in search of untold stories. I covered Bodh Gaya in the East to Rajasthan in the West and Himalayas in the North. Such a vast country seemed very small in front of my quest to tell an engaging story. I did this all by myself, without any crew or mentorship. In this journey of becoming a one man band filmmaker, I started documenting the processes I followed to help budding filmmakers achieve their vision.

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