Early this year, Netflix made an original on Indian spiritual guru Osho Rajneesh, and now, filmmaker Subhash Ghai has announced that he’s producing a film on the life of the late Guru. To be directed by Italian director Lakshen Sucameli, the film is titled ‘Osho: The Other Side of the Ocean’, and it will be a joint venture between India and Italy.
The project was announced at the Cannes International Film Festival, and speaking about it, Ghai said, “I am proud to announce an international film ‘Osho: The Other Side of the Ocean’ as a producer under Indo-Italian co-production to be directed by Italian director Lakshen Sucameli in English language for global market on interesting and dramatic chapters of Osho’s life from childhood till his death in 1990.” (Also Read: Ranbir Kapoor’s ‘Brahmastra’ to clash with Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg 3’?)
For the uninitiated, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, or Osho as he later called himself, was a cult figure surrounded by dramatic events, controversies, deportation by the department of justice in the United States, and tax evasion.
In an interview in 2010, the director had revealed the premise of the story to Times Of India. “The film tells the story of a female journalist who follows Osho’s life in America, then onto the world tour until his death in Pune in 1990,” he said.
“The main character is at first very sceptical towards Osho and his commune but changes her mind through time… In this way I hope to catch the attention of those who still see Osho with a negative attitude, which includes a large part of movie goers, especially in the States,” Sucameli further added.