In her new Netflix
documentary about hot yoga progenitor Bikram Choudhury
, director Eva Orner
faced a unique dilemma: How to do right by the victims who fell under the spell of the alleged yoga rapist. “Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator
” is a timely and well-crafted film about the cult-like figure, who has been accused of multiple rapes and sexual assaults but has never faced criminal charges. By speaking out, years before #MeToo
, Choudhury’s victims lost jobs, friends, and community, all for little to no personal gain other than protecting potential future victims. In order to honor these brave women, Orner had to first show Choudhury’s charismatic side.
“In act one, we had to create this man who was likable and lovable and a bit playful,” she told IndieWire
recently by phone. “Because if we didn’t, we were doing a disservice to the people who became a part of it.