3,5 Ex-kingdom with a name of landlocked Neverland that you can't find on map unless you know where to search exactly, “Sikkim” debuts masterfully with the visual premonition of a song: buckets glide gently on aerial ropeways, water beads rush down stretched wires as in a liquid abacus or like musical notes on staves. When music flows in later, it is to fuse this introductory optical flash to its acoustic counterpart
It's too bad that the original negative of the film no longer exists. Commissioned by Sikkim's last ruler for tourism purposes, it was initially cut due to a few images of unhappy people, and was later banned by the Indian government to avoid any problems once Sikkim merged with India. In its current form it can be appreciated primarily for its poetry, which should be enough for most Ray fans.