In 2010, Indian-American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi went to Phoenix and invented a spiritual workshop from scratch. Amazingly enough, people believed him. Gandhi talks with Rooftop Films about his experience filming Kumaré.
Rooftop Films: What inspired you to direct this film and assume the persona of “Kumaré”?
Vikram Gandhi: Kumaré was inspired by all the real ‘fake’ gurus I had met. I felt driven to make this film because I saw something backwards in the world around me, and I wanted to find a way to expose it.
RF:What was the biggest obstacle you faced while filming Kumaré?
VG: The biggest obstacle we face was figuring out to make a film that is funny and thought provoking but at the same time, not mean-spirited. We had to erase a lot of ideas we had about this style of film-making, and focus on the message of the film.
RF: What are your future plans for the film?
VG: We are releasing theatrically on June 20th, starting at the IFC Center in NYC, and then rolling out to more cities. Kino Lorber is distributing.
RF: What are some of your up-and-coming projects?
I’m developing both a narrative and a documentary, but hard to say which will start shooting first.
VG: What life lesson would Kumaré, should he be a real guru, offer audiences at Rooftop Films?
I’m not sure what you mean by “should he be a real guru.” – He is real if you decide that he is.