Vikram Gandhi discusses making his film “Kumaré.” Starting out as a documentary about the yoga industry, Ghandi changed his tactics, creating an alter ego, growing his beard, dressing in robes and moving to Phoenix to become Kumaré, a wise guru from the East. “Kumaré “ opens at the IFC Center on June 20.
Can a fake religion have the same effect as a real one? A new movie, billing itself as “the true story of a false prophet” asks just that. Cultivating a personal mythology and teaching and perfecting thick fresh-off-the-boat Indian accent, New Jersey-born filmmaker Vikram Gandhi grew a thick beard, put on orange robes, and set up shop in Arizona, where he quickly acquired a cult following.