The real George Harrison on reel

Published: Oct 21, 2011, 08:26 IST | Divya Unny |

Martin Scorsese's documentary on the legendary musician's India connect was screened at the festival

Martin Scorsese's documentary on the legendary musician's India connect was screened at the festival

In his mid-20s when George Harrison travelled to India, he wrote a letter to his worried mother back in California.

One of the world's greatest guitarists, also known as the 'quiet Beatle' wrote, "I have been persuaded to give up drugs and embrace life. I now feel like I love you a lot more than I ever did. Which is not so bad right?"

A scene from the documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World directed by Martin Scorsese

A lot more was revealed to a packed audience at the ongoing Mumbai Film Festival, where Martin Scorsese's documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, was premiered.

"The Beetles' music affected everybody the same way, but George's solo music was subjective to each of his listeners.

May be because it represented his inward journey the best," says Harrison's wife Olivia who has been working with Scorsese to put this film together for the past five years.

More than half of this film is dominated by his extreme transition from being a world phenomenon at the age of 15 to his spiritual quest that led him to embrace Hinduism.

There were sighs, claps and a few tears when clips of Harrison with sitarist Ravi Shankar and Allarakha were presented.

Says Olivia, "I am glad I met George when he was no longer a Beatle, because after his experiences in India he was obviously a different person."

While film editor David Tedeschi says, "My favourite image from the film is when he splashes the Ganga water into the air."

Harrison's Friend Ringo Starr says...
The film gives a glimpse of his private photographs, home movie footage and his romantic life. It ends with former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr recollecting the last words from his dear friend, "He was battling cancer and I had to leave because my daughter was ill. George's last words to me were, "Do you want me to come with you?"

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