By Pat Burns, Regional Editor for GRAND Magazine and Movie Reviewer
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DECODING DEEPAK http://www.snagfilms.com/decodingdeepak/
Oprah’s favorite philosopher, Deepak Chopra, is one of today’s most popular gurus. His son Gotham, the filmmaker, is struggling to figure out why.
Decoding Deepak is a close-up look at what it is to be Deepak …the man, the guru, the author, the speaker, the father and, most importantly, the grandfather.
The film’s set is a portrayal of global scenery. Shot on the streets of New York, Sedona, Bangkok and India, we journey through these places and observe the discovery of not only Deepak the spiritual philosopher and spiritual teacher, but also the unfolding of a thirty-something son working to understand his father. Watching this film provides the feeling of peaking behind the curtain of the Wizard of Oz and, surprisingly, has many laughable moments too.
My personal interest in Deepak began in the early-nineties when I was a guest speaker at the same woman’s health conference with Deepak. I remember sitting quietly and listening with as much concentration as humanly possible in order to understand his speech about his bestseller at that time Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old. Fortunately, his heavy Indian accent has decreased and his message can be absorbed more easily now.
I enjoyed this film. Not only are we able to experience privately parts of his extraordinary life, and his son’s “daddy issues,” we’re also are brought along their search (and discovery) of ancestral roots – a centuries old custom in India – and the meaning of life. Listening to the echoes of our ancestors begets light and meaning to who we are, were we come from and can provide answers to our children, grandchildren, and for generations after.
Late in the film, Deepak is asked a pivotal question by his son: “How important is your family to you?” Deepak’s answer was staggeringly honest and many readers will be able to relate. He answered the question, “My family is important but, you know, as I’m older the only people that I’m really attached to are my grandchildren.” Sound familiar?
This film is available through VOD (Video On Demand) on the following cable networks Cox, Time Warner, Comcast, FiOS and XFINITY®. It can also be ordered from Amazon, iTunes and XBOX live.