Vikram Ghandi

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In the film Kumare, Vikram Ghandi, a first generation Indian-American decided to test the Hindu faith by posing as a guru. Vikram was just a normal kid from New Jersey with Hindu roots. His parents were from India and taught Vikram about the Hindu religion. Vikram began to notice people’s adoration for gurus, and he decided to run a social experiment by impersonating a guru. He set out to either prove or disprove the necessity of a guru in a human’s life, and proved that people are dependent on others to find happiness. Vikram’s experiment can be connected back to a Langston Hughes work, and can also have an influence on views of religious leaders. To start off his journey, Vikram grew his hair and beard out, changed the way he dressed, picked up an accent, and ventured to Arizona with two women—one to teach yoga and one to book events. People automatically gained his trust and opened up to Vikram's alter ego "Kumare." Kumare became very popular and was invited to various events to share his wisdom. At one point, Vikram was invited to Avalon Gardens near the Mexican-American border. The guru there explained how he knew that he was a guru because aliens abducted him, and they somehow turned him into a guru. The compound was very much like a cult, and did not seem to follow a specific religion.…show more content…
It showed that people are unable to find happiness within themselves unless someone shows them how. Kumare improved the lives of others, but those people showed that they would have never found happiness on their own. People also began to worship Vikram's character as if he was a god. Even in the end, some of the students claimed that Vikram had supernatural powers. The film also showed that Americans are incredibly dependent on others and often have trouble succeeding on their own, which is not only an issue seen in religion, but in relationships, the workforce,

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