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In 2010, Indian-American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi went to Phoenix and posed as Kumare, a spiritual guru. With a Bollywood accent, far-out proclamations, and a tiny legion of followers at his side, yogis and novices alike embrace him with open arms. As the line between what’s fake and what’s real blurs and Kumare gets more deeply involved with his disciples’ enlightenment, it gets harder and harder to give up the adoration of the masses. A FilmBuff Presentation.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 22
- Fresh: 14
- Rotten: 8
- Average Rating: 6.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: [An] ambiguous exploration of religion, teaching and spiritual leadership.
Rotten: [A] dubious Borat-esque documentary.
Fresh: A sort of kinder, gentler "Borat."
Fresh: Almost a 21st-century illustration of the principles described in William James' "Varieties of Religious Experience."
The guy set out to maliciously dupe people. I thought the premise was just hilarious, if not completely mean spirited. As the documentary progresses , Vikram himself starts to change and begins to really care about the people who look to him for life's ultimate answers. He creates a belief system that truly helps these people while on his own path of self-discovery. A system that ultimately teaches them to help themselves , and that they do not need a guru.
Pervert's Guide to Kumare
In true Zizekian fashion, Gandhi and crew unveil 'ideology at its purest'. The 'guru' need not be real in order to function. Equipped with beard, trident and camera Kumare steps into the mystical arizona desert like some obscene hindu deity with 3 dicks. Meeting followers along the way, Gandhi, like Andy Kaufman, finds truth in comedy. Kumare listens deeply to people, and finds himself connecting. In the internet age, even in character...this is truly frightening.
A film for believers and naan believers! Kumare is the truth.
I think the overall message of this film is great!