Decoding Deepak (2012)
Decoding Deepak (2012)
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Gotham spent a lifetime observing his father connect with the faithful, and he's skeptical of the wise teacher/eager student dynamic.
There is precious little table-turning or real insight in "Decoding Deepak" - unless uncovering a passion for Starbucks and a preference for upscale hotels counts as takedown material.
"Decoding" ultimately becomes Gotham's gentle tribute to Dad, who shall probably provide handsomely for his heirs. It is also a tacit endorsement of Chopra Inc.
While Decoding offers some tantalizing insights into the celebrity guru, the movie, at its core, is playing out daddy issues as the filmmaker wonders aloud about whether his dad has gotten too big for his britches.
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8/10...people who saw nothing in this movie, weren't paying attention...and anyone who is no longer buying deepok's books because of this movie were buying them for the wrong reasons in the first place...he is a man, flawed like the rest of us...he is a voice of truths, his being flawed does not change that truth is truth, all truth comes through human beings...it is clear he struggles like everyone else with living out the philosophies he subscribes to...gotham does an excellent job not poking fun at his dad, it is not a mean spirited film, but one definitely senses the turmoil still going on inside him with respect to his feelings about his father, what he wished his father was, what he wishes his father to be now...he says he does not grasp completely all these ideas that his father is so vocal about, it is true that we model and love people to new places and ideas, and deepok's behaviors sometimes run counter to his philosophies...there are ways to parent and befriend and encourage children and family and friends to be open to things they do not understand...the language deepok speaks is a language i completely understand, even the much revisited theme of "detachment," but unlike gotham, my children have never felt i wasn't "present," even when i wasn't physically with them, deepok often seems not present as he speaks of presence...deepok has work to do, and i think a film made by gotham may be just the thing to cause some movement in the direction of that work...we took our 3 children, ages 10, 13, and 17...they loved it and it led to great discussion on the drive home from the theater.
My dad despised this movie because he hates Deepak Chopra. I think it's enjoyable regardless of what you believe. It's not some advertisement for Chopra's belief system, nor is it an attack on it. It's a story about a son who tried so hard to understand his father and wants to keep trying, but can't quite pick at his brain. Deepak was almost never there for Gotham; he cared more about his image and making rounds than his family. Gotham doesn't want to repeat these mistakes with his son. It's just a very fascinating and well done documentary.
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