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- 2011, Vikram Gandhi, USA, 84 min. “Prepare to have your assumptions pitched out the window by this tense, surprisingly probing satirical documentary.” —Mark Holcomb, Village Voice “A lark exposing Americans’ spiritual gullibility and fetishism of the exotic turns into something more complicated.” —Andrew Barker, Variety “Legitimately shocking.” —Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine The runaway popularity of yoga in the U.S. and the proliferation of self-styled gurus on an Eastern model led filmmaker Vikram Gandhi, an Indian American and lapsed Hindu from New Jersey, to a BORAT-like plan to debunk it all by reinventing himself as Sri Kumaré, a long-haired holy man in robes and a diaper-like thong. From his new compound in Arizona, he preaches his made-up brand of spiritual enlightenment to gullible seekers, but soon discovers one unwelcome truth--his phony gibberish and fake yoga moves appear to be helping them. KUMARÉ proceeds down a path unfamiliar even to Gandhi as his plan for the big reveal, meant to expose his devotees as suckers, runs into the roadblock of his conscience. HDCAM video. (BS)
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