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Friday, August 24, 2012

Royal Enfields play big role in movie 'The Highest Pass'

Faced with traffic in India, a wise yogi suggests: "Just GO!"
Royal Enfield motorcycles carry their riders toward enlightenment in the movie "The Highest Pass," playing in select theaters in the United States. Very select. In other words, if I am ever going to see this movie, I am going to have to buy the DVD.

You can pre-order the DVD now at the movie's website. It's $24.95 and includes the customary bonus features: deleted scenes, behind the scenes footage and "The Signs of India" featurette.

The DVDs ship Aug. 28. Another way to get the DVD is to donate at least $50 to the next project of filmmaker Adam Schomer and Yogi Anand Mehrotra. In September and October they will return to the mountains on Royal Enfields to film a six-part mini-series, "The Four Peaks of Freedom."

In the "The Highest Pass" a brave yogi (Anand) faces a prophecy of his death as he leads seven Americans through the Himalayas on the highest motorable road in the world.

I'm excited about it because of the role played by Royal Enfield motorcycles.

While the film's impact in theaters will be modest, this will likely become the movie that potential adventurers will watch before  reserving spots on expeditions to the world's highest motorable road and beyond. They will watch it on DVD (or, eventually, on Netflix, I suppose).

The impression they will get is that, when you're going into the great beyond, Royal Enfield motorcycles are the way to get there.

Would you like the movie? The best way to find out is to watch the movie clips. It looks intriguing.

I particularly like the clip where an American (typically) suggests taking on India's traffic by "driving defensively."

"Or aggressively," the yogi responds. "Just GO!" Watching the clips you can see why this might be the best advice of all.

Here is just the first clip:

2 comments:

  1. Another great movie featuring Royal Enfields is "One Crazy Ride" featuring 5 Indian bikers traveling to a remote part of eastern India.
    http://www.dirttrackproductions.com/ocr.html
    Looking forward to seeing "the highest pass". I tried to go that route in 1971 but was only allowed to go over the Rohtang Pass 13,051 ft since the area beyond was a military restricted area at that time.
    Great website - keep up the good work! Al

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  2. Really interesting looking movie...

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