Vikram Gandhi

Producer & Correspondent for HBO's Vice, Acclaimed Director of Kumaré

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With candid wit and raw honesty, Vikram Gandhi takes audiences behind the scenes of some of the most shocking, life-affirming, and eye-opening events he’s captured around the world as a video journalist, news correspondent, and documentarian. Through a combination of anecdotes and video footage, Vikram brings the front-lines of guerrilla-style journalism to life on stage, sharing details of stories he’s covered from terrorism in India and tribal uprisings in Papua New Guinea, to government secrecy in Japan and escalating violence in Honduras. A truly one of a kind program, audiences come away with a fresh understanding of and appreciation for video journalism and documentary narrative.

About Vikram Gandhi

“There is a deeper truth that can be revealed from living in a story. And that is what I’m trying to tap into.” — Vikram Gandhi

Vikram Gandhi is an award-winning director of narrative and documentary films. He grew up consuming equal parts ancient Indian mythology and American movies. He’s since worked as a video journalist covering terrorism, natural disasters, and social unrest throughout Asia and as a cinematographer and producer on documentaries, television, and narrative films.

Over this time, Vikram documented the emergence of the yoga industry in the US by interviewing spiritual leaders around the country until he decided to become one himself. In 2010, Vikram combined his passion for mythology and film to create Kumaré: The True Story of a False Prophet, a documentary about the time Vikram impersonated a fake guru named Sri Kumaré and built a devoted following of real people. The critically acclaimed film won the SXSW 2011 Audience Award for Best Documentary.

In 2014, Vikram joined HBO’s Vice as a producer and correspondent. The Emmy Award-winning world news show explores everything from U.S. military waste and corruption in Afghanistan to extortion, torture, and killing in Rio’s favelas. Vikram also directs commercial campaigns, music videos, branded content, and films through his New York-based production company, Disposable.

Speech Topics

  • A Morning with Vikram Gandhi
  • An Afternoon with Vikram Gandhi
  • An Evening with Vikram Gandhi
  • How I Started a Religion: Behind the Making of Kumaré
  • Immersive Journalism: My life as Journalist & the truth about the news

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