Synopsis: A provocative social experiment-turned-documentary, KUMARE follows American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a wise Indian guru, hoping to prove the absurdity of blind faith. Instead, he finds himself forging profound connections with people from all walks of life — and wondering if and when to reveal his true self. Will his followers accept his final teaching? Can this illusion reveal a greater spiritual truth? Winner of South by Southwest’s Audience Award, KUMARE is an insightful look at faith and belief.
SXSW Film Festival - USA - 2011
Audience Award for Documentary Feature (Brendan Colthurst (producer), Vikram Gandhi (director), Bryan Carmel (producer), Stephen Feder (executive producer))
What started as a long, elaborate joke becomes a journey, both for Gandhi's students and for the filmmaker himself. - Michael O'Sullivan , Washington Post
As "Kumaré" plays out, both Gandhi and the film become something else, something much more thoughtful and moving. - Bill Goodykoontz , Arizona Republic
When I first heard this film described, I assumed it would be a satirical, snarky comedy like Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat." Not so. - Roger Ebert , Chicago Sun-Times