Mavericks transform lives, and this year's Life of a Maverick recipient, Deepak Chopra, has transformed the lives of millions.
"The possibility of stepping into a higher plane is quite real for everyone. It requires no force or effort or sacrifice. It involves little more than changing our ideas about what is normal." --Deepak Chopra
Cinequest presents its Life of a Maverick Award to inspirational beings who touch the world of film while their greater lives exemplify the Maverick spirit. Past recipients have included Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Desmond Doss, a man whose convictions would not allow him to carry a firearm in WWII, yet he still provided miraculous and heroic service to countless men in harm's way; and Emmanuel Benbihy, a powerful figure who overcame a severe disability to inspire his nation, Ghana, via a consciousness raising bike tour.
The medium of film and television have carried Deepak Chopra's influences and wisdom to global audiences for years. Recently, Chopra began working directly in the screenwriting and producing mediums, and is now collaborating with filmmakers, Gotham Chopra (his son) and Shekhar Kapur (director) on several exciting projects.
Chopra has written the screenplay and co-produces The Sadhu which is currently in development. The Sadhu, a comic book series based on the character of the same name, was created by Gotham Chopra and Jeevan Kang and is part of the Shakti line of comics published by Virgin Comics. The plot revolves around a British soldier by the name of James Jensen who finds he is the reincarnated form of a powerful sage from the past. The story primarily deals with the lessons he has to learn so as to remove his connection with his current life. Kapur is slated to direct.
Currently in production, 2011 is based on Deepak's novel with Gotham producing. The story portrays a belief by many ancient religions that to prevent the destruction of mankind and the unraveling of reality, there must always be 36 pure souls on earth, maintaining the balance of good and evil. When one of these 36 pure souls is lost a replacement must be chosen, yet unbeknownst to American Doctor Michael Aulden, he is the chosen one.
"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in."—Deepak Chopra
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