KumarÃ�Â© is a wise guru from the East who indoctrinated a group of followers in the West. KumarÃ�Â©, however, is not real--he is the alter ego of American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi, who impersonated a spiritual leader for the sake of a social experiment designed to challenge one of the most widely accepted taboos: that only a tiny "1%" can connect the rest of the world to a higher power. Concealing his true identity from everyone he meets, KumarÃ�Â© forges profound and spiritual connections with people from all walks of life. At the same time, in the absurdity of living as an entirely different person, Vikram, the filmmaker, is forced to confront difficult questions about his own identity. At the height of his popularity, KumarÃ�Â© unveils his true identity to a core group of disciples who are knee-deep in personal transformation. Will they accept his final teaching? Can this illusion reveal a greater spiritual truth? KumarÃ�Â©, at once playful and profound, is an insightful look at faith and belief.
- Vikram Gandhi
- Vikram Gandhi
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
[A] dubious Borat-esque documentary.Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 06.20.2012
A sort of kinder, gentler "Borat."Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 08.02.2012
Almost a 21st-century illustration of the principles described in William James' "Varieties of Religious Experience."Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 06.21.2012
[An] ambiguous exploration of religion, teaching and spiritual leadership.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 06.19.2012