Decoding Deepak


In Decoding Deepak, journalist and filmmaker Gotham Chopra spends a year traveling the world decoding his father Deepak Chopra, revealing both the spiritual icon he is to the world and the real man known to his family. What starts as an intimate biopic becomes a deeper plunge into the meaning of identity itself. From devoted disciples that range from Lady Gaga to lost souls searching for themselves in the red rock deserts of Sedona, Gotham begins to paint a raw portrait of his father that only a son can. The film travels across the planet chronicling colorful Deepak activities – from a traditional monk ordainment in Thailand to a literal decoding of ancient family registers in rural India. On the homefront, Gotham also takes a closer look at the expansive spiritual empire his father has built over his 25 year career, an empire that initially was conceived out of Deepak’s own deep personal and spiritual dissatisfaction, and a decidedly non-spiritual (and boozy) origin. Ultimately what emerges is a portrait of a man full of flaws, foils, intelligence, and irreverence. The decoded Deepak, uncovered by his son’s honest scrutiny, is a symbol of a world searching for answers in the most unlikely places, and a fascinating plunge into the meaning of identity itself.