This weekend I went to dinner with Jeff and a couple of friends, and like we always do, we started talking about movies we’ve seen recently. One of the movies that my friend Moises mentioned and recommended we watch is “Kumare”, a fascinating and provocative social experiment- turned -documentary.
Kumare’s real name is Vikram Ghandi, a 33 year old filmmaker from New Jersey that impersonates an “Enlightened Indian Guru” and builds a following in Arizona. Kumare’s followers believe him without any question and follow him like a true new-age-style guru. At the height of Mr. Gandhi’s “Yoga-lebrity”, he gathers all of his followers -with great trepidation- to do the big reveal; to present himself as himself without the mystical trappings and speaking in his regular voice!
I have to be honest, when I heard the premise of the movie, I was expecting something more satirical, kind of like Sasha Baron Cohen’s “Borat”; but I found the story fascinating & thought provoking.
I love the message of the film on how desperate our desire is to believe in someone else’s philosophy, when ultimately the real guru and all the answers lie inside of US.
Remember this eye-opening film the next time you feel like watching something different and profound,
It definitely has the Marrero seal of approval 😉
Watch the Kumare’s Official Trailer here…