Film and TV

Filmmaker Vikram Gandhi on Gurus, Yoga, and His New Comedy ''Kumaré: The True Story of a False Prophet'

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Why Phoenix?

You know I just wanted to go some place where I didn't know anyone ... And I was looking for a place where yoga and spirituality were popular and some place that felt very American at the same time.

How have people been reacting to this film, especially those in the various spiritual communities that you explore?

It's overwhelmingly positive. I think it's people who are in the film, you know because there are other gurus in it, have been less than excited but that's going to happen with any documentary on any subject.

And I think for those who have seen the film, of the people who were close to Kumaré, ultimately everyone is giving me a positive reaction, but not everyone has seen the film. Overwhelmingly the community that has been most supportive of this film has been the yoga community, people who have been interested in spirituality, people who have had gurus, people who've had experiences looking for answers

And most of those people and a lot of that world has come to me after the release of the movie saying that they were happy that someone made a film and addressed a lot of the questions that they had and a lot of the doubts that they had experienced in their own lives.

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