Vikram Gandhi 

Senior reporter, Vice Media, and award-winning filmmaker (Kumaré – the true story about a false prophet).

About

Vikram Gandhi is an award-winning American filmmaker and director of music videos, commercials, drama and documentaries for Netflix, HBO and Vice.
His most recent work is ”Barry” about the young Barack Obama’s quest for identity during the college years, from 2016.

Most famous is his controversial drama documentary, ”Kumaré – the true story about a false prophet” which was a success at Netflix and received several awards in 2011 and 2012. In the film, Vikram Gandhi (decending from India but born and raised in New Jersey) transformed himself into Sri Kumaré, a fictional Indian guru, by growing out his hair and beard and adopting a fake Indian accent. Spreading his word Kumaré actually managed to attract sincere followers, which became Vikram’s claim to fame.

Since the film, he has appeared on numerous tv-shows (The Colbert Report, ABC Nightline, Al Jazeera’s The Stream, The Jeff Probst Show) and TED events, sharing his insights about the nature of cults.

Apart from Kumaré, Vikram has produced and/or directed broadcast and interactive campaigns for American Express, Ford Tumblr, Yahoo!, Taco Bell, Google, Ask.com, Match.com, Puma, Trojan, Energizer, and Snickers. Vikram is also a non-fiction filmmaker. He has worked as a video-journalist in Asia, covering terror attacks in Mumbai, the conflict over Kashmir, Maoist rebels in India’s Red Corridor, Taliban recruitment in Karachi, the earthquake in Northern Pakistan, monk protests in Myanmar, and the tsunami in South East Asia.