Rich Indian fare at Toronto

Another Indian film with elemental appeal is Faith Connections, Pan Nalin’s cinematic journey to the heart of what is the world’s largest and most extraordinary religious congregation — the Kumbh Mela. Explaining why he chose to turn the spotlight on the Kumbh, Nalin says, "In our times, we are losing "real" touch with religions. Instead, it’s all about power, politics, fanaticism and exploitation of faith... spirituality is packaged and exported, and then, re-imported back as a lifestyle. Thus, only the poor of the world hold onto true faith — the spectacle of one such holding is the Kumbh Mela."

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