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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.


Documentary / Spirituality





Run Time

84 minutes


Vikram Gandhi

Directed by

Vikram Gandhi

Produced by

Bryan Carmel
Brendan Colthurst

Edited by

Adam Barton
Nathan Russell


Hisham Bharoocha
Sanjay Khanna
Alex Kliment


Kahlil Hudson


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

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