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The Fretts on Film Interview: Deepak Chopra (The Outtakes)

October 4, 2012

Deepak Chopra’s son, Gotham, turns the cameras on his dad in the new documentary Decoding Deepak, and the results aren’t always flattering. You can read all about it in my interview with both Chopras for The New York Daily News. And if you want more, here’s the extended dance mix of my chat with Deepak…

What did you think when your son first told you that he wanted to make a film about you and your relationship with him?

I say yes to whatever my kids ask. I don’t ask them questions.

Why do you do that?

Because they’re my kids. You do everything for your kids.

So how was the process of shooting the film? Was it how you expected? 

It was annoying because you have a camera in your face no matter what, but again, I agreed to do it.

So what was your reaction when you saw the final product?

My first reaction is that it was honest. The second reaction is that it was more about him than about me. The third reaction was what I expected—your family doesn’t see you the way the public sees you or even the way you see yourself.

So did the process of making the film bring you closer to him?

Yes, because first, we traveled a lot together. And secondly, we shared a lot of humor together, which is always good. We’ve been a close family all along.

Did you have any input into the final cut?

No, I saw it before it went to film festivals. He left it, he wanted me to see it, and I actually didn’t have time to see it, and he called me 2 or 3 times—he was keen on getting a reaction, and I finally saw it. And I thought it was a good movie.

So even before this movie, you’ve become kind of a celebrity in your own right—a pop culture figure. Was that a goal of yours?

No. Never. My goal was to express my obsession with consciousness. And sometimes there’s a bit of frustration that a lot of people think what I’m saying is gobbeledygook and they don’t get it, but that doesn’t influence me. I’m expressing myself and I have an audience. Even though it’s not that mainstream, there are people who relate to what I’m saying.

Do you think the movie humanizes you in a way?

What do you mean? I’m human!

In people’s perceptions, they might not think of you as being a regular guy.

Then again, that’s their problem.

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