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The Answer’ tells the powerful true story of an American, James Donald Walters. The film portrays his youthful quest for truth, which took him from his birthplace in Romania, to Switzerland and England, as far as the United States, where in 1948 in Hollywood, California he has the extraordinary meeting with Paramhansa Yogananda, the great Indian Master, author of ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’. Young Donald - later Swami Kriyananda - is immediately accepted as disciple and so his amazing spiritual journey begins.

The Answer’ tells the powerful true story of an American, James Donald Walters. The film portrays his youthful quest for truth, which took him from his birthplace in Romania, to Switzerland and England, as far as the United States, where in 1948 in Hollywood, California he has the extraordinary meeting with Paramhansa Yogananda, the great Indian Master, author of ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’. Young Donald - later Swami Kriyananda - is immediately accepted as disciple and so his amazing spiritual journey begins.

A TRUE STORY

An Award Winning Narrative Feature Film

Starring Victor Banerjee

 

A YOGANANDA FILMS PRESENTION

A KRIYA MOVIES PRODUCTION 

Written By

SWAMI KRIYANANDA 

Directed By

 PAVAN KAUL

Produced By

 PIA SINGH 

 KAVEETA KAUL

A TRUE STORY

An Award Winning Narrative Feature Film

Starring Victor Banerjee

 

A YOGANANDA FILMS PRESENTION

A KRIYA MOVIES PRODUCTION 

Written By

SWAMI KRIYANANDA 

Directed By

 PAVAN KAUL

Produced By

 PIA SINGH 

 KAVEETA KAUL

PRINCIPAL CAST

PRINCIPAL CAST

VICTOR BANERJEE as Paramhansa Yogananda

Victor Banerjee (born Partho Sarathi Banerjee, 15 October 1946) is an Indian actor who appears in English, Hindi, Bengali and Assamese language films including Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977), Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie’s Pictures (1978), A Passage To India (1984), The Bong Connection (2006) . He has worked for directors including Roman Polanski, James Ivory, Sir David Lean, Jerry London, Ronald Neame, Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal, Montazur Rahman Akbar and Ram Gopal Varma. He is the only person in India who has won the "National Award" in three separate categories. As a Cinematographer for his documentary called "Where No Journeys End" which, in competition with 3100 entries from 27 countries, also won the "Gold Award" at the Houston International Film Festival. He won an award for Direction with the best documentary on Tourism called "The Splendour of Garhwal and Roopkund" and he won the "Best Supporting Actor" award for his work in Satyajit Ray's "Ghare Bairey".

VICTOR BANERJEE as Paramhansa Yogananda

Victor Banerjee (born Partho Sarathi Banerjee, 15 October 1946) is an Indian actor who appears in English, Hindi, Bengali and Assamese language films including Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977), Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie’s Pictures (1978), A Passage To India (1984), The Bong Connection (2006) . He has worked for directors including Roman Polanski, James Ivory, Sir David Lean, Jerry London, Ronald Neame, Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal, Montazur Rahman Akbar and Ram Gopal Varma. He is the only person in India who has won the "National Award" in three separate categories. As a Cinematographer for his documentary called "Where No Journeys End" which, in competition with 3100 entries from 27 countries, also won the "Gold Award" at the Houston International Film Festival. He won an award for Direction with the best documentary on Tourism called "The Splendour of Garhwal and Roopkund" and he won the "Best Supporting Actor" award for his work in Satyajit Ray's "Ghare Bairey".

SYNOPSIS

This film is the saga of Swami Kriyananda's anguished search, of his momentary illuminations and dark nights, of his determination to never give up, and of the winding path that leads him to the presence of his spiritual master - Paramhansa Yogananda. In his quest, we recognise the eternal search of every individual; through his inner battles, the discovery of our own inner strength; in his attunement with the expanded vision of his master, the hope for our own illuminations.

 ‘The Answer’, is an epic motion picture that presents, for the first time on the cinematic screen, one of the most widely-known and revered spiritual Masters of our times, Paramhansa Yogananda, through the living testimony and in the own words of his direct disciple Swami Kriyananda who lived with him and vowed to carry his light to future generations.

A first in the genre of a movie of a true Guru Disciple relationship, the message the movie carries, is Universal. Paramhansa Yogananda’s ‘Autobiography Of A Yogi’ remains the highest selling autobiography in all languages since 1946. The book was also lately in the news when Steve Jobs, revealed that he read it every year for the past 12 years and gifted it to his closest circle before he passed on.

The film is a period piece, set in the 1920’s through the 1950’s and is filmed across the U.S.A and Europe. Featuring an ensemble cast headed by Victor Banerjee who essays the role of Yogananda, the movie is an unforgettable visual and emotional experience.

“I think the reason for this movie being important is not because it’s about a person. My life is not important, but what is essential to consider are the things I have been through in seeking what everybody seeks. People think they are looking for money, for love, success, fame, and so on, but beyond that everyone is looking for happiness, since ultimately we all come from bliss”.

“To me, anything I can do to bring back divine bliss into people's lives, the more worthwhile my own life will have been for me. I want to work in this cause to my last breath”.

“I think this movie is a priceless legacy, worthy of being treasured in all ages”. Swami Kriyananda (1926-2013).

SYNOPSIS

This film is the saga of Swami Kriyananda's anguished search, of his momentary illuminations and dark nights, of his determination to never give up, and of the winding path that leads him to the presence of his spiritual master - Paramhansa Yogananda. In his quest, we recognise the eternal search of every individual; through his inner battles, the discovery of our own inner strength; in his attunement with the expanded vision of his master, the hope for our own illuminations.

 ‘The Answer’, is an epic motion picture that presents, for the first time on the cinematic screen, one of the most widely-known and revered spiritual Masters of our times, Paramhansa Yogananda, through the living testimony and in the own words of his direct disciple Swami Kriyananda who lived with him and vowed to carry his light to future generations.

A first in the genre of a movie of a true Guru Disciple relationship, the message the movie carries, is Universal. Paramhansa Yogananda’s ‘Autobiography Of A Yogi’ remains the highest selling autobiography in all languages since 1946. The book was also lately in the news when Steve Jobs, revealed that he read it every year for the past 12 years and gifted it to his closest circle before he passed on.

The film is a period piece, set in the 1920’s through the 1950’s and is filmed across the U.S.A and Europe. Featuring an ensemble cast headed by Victor Banerjee who essays the role of Yogananda, the movie is an unforgettable visual and emotional experience.

“I think the reason for this movie being important is not because it’s about a person. My life is not important, but what is essential to consider are the things I have been through in seeking what everybody seeks. People think they are looking for money, for love, success, fame, and so on, but beyond that everyone is looking for happiness, since ultimately we all come from bliss”.

“To me, anything I can do to bring back divine bliss into people's lives, the more worthwhile my own life will have been for me. I want to work in this cause to my last breath”.

“I think this movie is a priceless legacy, worthy of being treasured in all ages”. Swami Kriyananda (1926-2013).

LEONIDAS GULAPTIS as Donald Walter

 

Leonidas Gulaptis is an actor and writer, known for Gala & Godfrey (2016), My Fiancée (2018), Toolies (2013) and The Dentist (2017).

LEONIDAS GULAPTIS as Donald Walter

 

Leonidas Gulaptis is an actor and writer, known for Gala & Godfrey (2016), My Fiancée (2018), Toolies (2013) and The Dentist (2017).

PRINCIPAL CREW

PRINCIPAL CREW

PIA SINGH Produced By

Ms. Pia Singh is the Director at DLF. She managed the retail malls and entertainment business for DLF in her previous work career.

Prior to that Ms. SIngh worked with GE Capital India.

She is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business.

PIA SINGH Produced By

Ms. Pia Singh is the Director at DLF. She managed the retail malls and entertainment business for DLF in her previous work career.

Prior to that Ms. SIngh worked with GE Capital India.

She is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business.

PAVAN KAUL Directed By

Pavan Kaul is an Indian Filmmaker and screenwriter. He is the son of writer Surendra Kaul and nephew of Producer Hiren Khera and Bollywood Legend Late Raaj Kumar. 

He has directed films and episode of some famous Indian series, which includes Chor Aur Chand (1993), Bhram: An Illusion (2008), Sssshhh… (2003), some episodes of Adalat, Fear Files: Darr Ki Sachchi Tasveerein.

PAVAN KAUL Directed By

Pavan Kaul is an Indian Filmmaker and screenwriter. He is the son of writer Surendra Kaul and nephew of Producer Hiren Khera and Bollywood Legend Late Raaj Kumar. 

He has directed films and episode of some famous Indian series, which includes Chor Aur Chand (1993), Bhram: An Illusion (2008), Sssshhh… (2003), some episodes of Adalat, Fear Files: Darr Ki Sachchi Tasveerein.

KAVEETA OBEROI KAUL Produced By

Kaveeta lives in Mumbai has produced films and serials for Sony, Zee, and has acted and scripted as well. 

KAVEETA OBEROI KAUL Produced By

Kaveeta lives in Mumbai has produced films and serials for Sony, Zee, and has acted and scripted as well. 

SWAMI KRIYANANDA Written and Original Music By

Kriyananda (born James Donald Walters; May 19, 1926, Azuga – April 21, 2013, Assisi) was a direct disciple of the yogi Paramhansa Yogananda and the founder of Ananda, a worldwide movement of spiritual intentional communities based on Yogananda's World Brotherhood Colonies. Kriyananda is the author of about 150 published books and the composer of over 400 pieces of music, 

SWAMI KRIYANANDA Written and Original Music By

Kriyananda (born James Donald Walters; May 19, 1926, Azuga – April 21, 2013, Assisi) was a direct disciple of the yogi Paramhansa Yogananda and the founder of Ananda, a worldwide movement of spiritual intentional communities based on Yogananda's World Brotherhood Colonies. Kriyananda is the author of about 150 published books and the composer of over 400 pieces of music, 

ASEEM SINHA Editor

Aseem Sinha trained as an editor at the Film and Television Institute in Pune. He started his career as an independent editor with Shyam Benegal’s Mammo. Over the years he has edited movies like Sardari Begum, Darmiyanan, Zubeida, Ramchand Pakistani, Welcome To Sajjanpur, Well Done Abba and Antardwannd – all being critically acclaimed and award winners at various festivals in and outside India.

ASEEM SINHA Editor

Aseem Sinha trained as an editor at the Film and Television Institute in Pune. He started his career as an independent editor with Shyam Benegal’s Mammo. Over the years he has edited movies like Sardari Begum, Darmiyanan, Zubeida, Ramchand Pakistani, Welcome To Sajjanpur, Well Done Abba and Antardwannd – all being critically acclaimed and award winners at various festivals in and outside India.

HIROO KESWANI Director of Photography

Hiroo Keshwani is from Mumbai and has worked as a cinematographer for movies like Mastang Mama (2010), 

 

Bhram : An Illusion (2008), Sssshhh… (2003) and Darna Mana Hai (TV Series) (2005). He was also the second camera assistant for the film Salaam Bombay (1988). 

HIROO KESWANI Director of Photography

Hiroo Keshwani is from Mumbai and has worked as a cinematographer for movies like Mastang Mama (2010), 

 

Bhram : An Illusion (2008), Sssshhh… (2003) and Darna Mana Hai (TV Series) (2005). He was also the second camera assistant for the film Salaam Bombay (1988). 

An Award Winning Narrative Feature FIlm

An Award Winning Narrative Feature FIlm

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS