I am a voracious reader and sometime around 1968 I spent more than a year studying Buddhism on my own. I spent long hours in the one room library of the Centre of Buddhist Studies at Delhi University. The librarian was very suspicious in the beginning because officially I was studying mathematics, so he asked me to get written permission to use the library from the head of the Centre. But after that he left me in peace.
In one book in the library I came across one single sentence which intrigued me:
"Sukh Nain Singh, a clerk in Calcutta, went to the Potala Palace in Tibet to steal Buddhist scriptures on behalf of the British rulers”.
As far as I remember there was no other information about this event, not even the date or time it happened. The reason it intrigued me is that I knew Hollywood had made some great films on such themes, and we Indians did not even know of such potential film themes from our own History and often copied Hollywood films for a great story.
At that time I had one or two other film scripts in my mind, but this single sentence began to take the shape of a film, but just in my mind and nobody else knew about it.
Inspired by true events, this is the story of one man’s personal battle between right and wrong, his devotion to his country and his love for his wife.
In the middle 1940’s, while India struggled to gain independence from the British Empire and Queen Victoria’s rule, the British created a secret group known as the Pandits. Their objective was to carry out secret missions to gather information, influence people and, in this case, steal.
When a poor farmer takes his ill wife to the city for medical help their lives are forever changed when the British use him to steal the Sacred Scriptures from the Dalai Lama’s Potala Palace in Tibet.
Filmed on location in Leh, Ladakh (Kashmir), bordering Tibet, and in Pataudi, Haryana, located near Delhi, India, the Buddhist Monk brings to the audience a little-known historical event and the amazing scenery of these very ancient areas.