I tried to get several people to watch this because I really wanted to discuss its many layers and the ultimate show not tell. My fears of any Borat-eque mockery were for naught; however, I wonder how I would feel had I been taken in. I love that Vikram was as taken by surprise as anyone else. I am not the sort who seeks a guru, but if I did Kumare proves she lies within.
Vikram Gandhi is an American jokster who portrays a convincingly false yogi persona named Kumare. As an experiment to demonstrate the gullibility of yogi followers Gandhi develops a mob attraction of witless people who desperately must cling to someone to guide their pathetic lives. This whimsical film functions as reminder of a plethora of practical joke movies which are neither funny nor yield great satisfaction.
Very insightful doc about religious belief and everyone's search for answers in life. Similar to Alan Watts in that everyone has what they're looking for so you don't need to search for it outside of yourself; no one needs a "guru" and you already have the means to be happy. This doc never directly discusses religion though, it explores it so it doesn't feel like it's lecturing to you. Very well done!.
A cautionary tale that delves into the human need to believe in a higher source of wisdom. There's something horribly creepy and unnerving in this reality-tv styled doco. The final reveal comes together beautifully and is deeply rich with emotion. It's just a shame that we never get any deeper insight into the motivations and background of the mysterious Kumare himself. 3 stars