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Friday, December 6, 2019

Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator: Movie Review

As a documentary film, "Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator" felt lacking and maybe even one-sided. Probably it was the circumstance that the main person being talked about, Bikram Choudhury , was not available and only represented through archived footage. While there are flourishes that hooked us, the end product was simply too hollow.
Telling the rise and eventual fall of Bikram Choudhury and his Bikram Yoga, the film tells a tale of admiration and eventual disgrace due to rape and predatory sexual behavior
Following the trend of the #MeToo movement, the documentary "Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator" presents another interesting view on how people in power can easily abuse and get away with it just because they can. It presents itself well enough for viewers to understand how one man can enamor and manipulate those around him easily to get what he wants without much consequence. Structurally, the documentary was well thought out. It started out describing the rise of Bikram Choudhury and how his followers loved his style of teaching. In the middle, it gave us a glimpse of his vast wealth. The last portion concentrates on the evil deeds and lies of Bikram and the injustice that has happened. At its core, the film is less than Bikram Choudhury but more on the media's powerful influence to spin a tale and sell it. It's a warning that not everything you read and see may be true and it should never be the anchor in determining one man's character.
Rating: 3 reels





Why you should watch it:
- the interviews had us hooked from start to finish

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- feels a little too hollow


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