Monday, March 26, 2012

Review: Decoding Deepak

Near the end of Decoding Deepak, Gotham Chopra's fascinating documentary about his father, spiritual icon Deepak Chopra, the elder Chopra wraps up an on-location interview by offering an off-the-cuff appraisal of his on-camera performance: “I said what I needed to say, and I did it well. I’m happy.” It’s altogether appropriate that the younger Chopra uses this clip more or less as his movie's epilogue, as it conveys both the self-deprecating humor and self-confident sang-froid of his charismatic subject. By turns amusing and illuminating, and often both simultaneously, Decoding Deepak is a cinematic portrait worthy of theatrical and home-screen exhibition. You can read my Variety review of it here.

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