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Netflix & Pulse Films Get Legal Letter About Copyright Breach On Documentary ‘Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator’

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Netflix & Pulse Films Get Legal Letter About Copyright Breach On Documentary ‘Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator’
Exclusive: Netflix and Pulse Films have been served with a legal letter about a breach of copyright on Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator, their documentary on the downfall of hot yoga founder Bikram Choudhury.

Martha Engel, a trademark attorney at law firm Marjen, has written to the companies on behalf of Ghosh’s Yoga College, a yoga school in Kolkata, India, linked to Bishnu Charan Ghosh, a yoga master who trained Choudhury.

Ghosh’s Yoga College argued that images from Ghosh pamphlet Yoga Cure and book Calcutta Yoga were used without permission in Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator. The college has demanded Pulse Films removes the images from the film and issues a public apology.

The legal letter, seen by Deadline, said Ghosh’s Yoga College ambassador Ida Pajunen and two of her colleagues are “the only individuals in the world who have been granted permission by Gyc to use images from the Yoga Cure pamphlet.
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How ‘Bikram’ Director Eva Orner Made Her ‘Trumpian’ Subject Likable

How ‘Bikram’ Director Eva Orner Made Her ‘Trumpian’ Subject Likable
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.
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‘Bikram’ Director Eva Orner to Calfornia Gov. Gavin Newsom: ‘Reopen the Case and Go After Him’

‘Bikram’ Director Eva Orner to Calfornia Gov. Gavin Newsom: ‘Reopen the Case and Go After Him’
In her prolific career as a producer and director of journalistic documentaries, Australian filmmaker Eva Orner has tackled such subjects as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, asylum seekers in Australia, and Cuba’s most vulnerable people. Her fourth feature film, about disgraced hot yoga architect Bikram Choudhury, presented a new challenge: How to humanize an alleged rapist.

The searing and timely documentary, “Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator,” debuted on Netflix on Wednesday, and is certain to provoke renewed waves of shock and anger at how Choudhury has eluded justice for his many alleged crimes. But there’s one person Orner hopes is paying extra close attention: California Governor Gavin Newsom.

“I’m saying to Gavin Newsom, you know, I’m sure he watches Netflix a lot. Watch the film, call [L.A. District Attorney] Jackie Lacey and tell her to step it up and do something,” Orner told IndieWire during a recent phone interview.
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Before You Watch Netflix's Doc About Bikram Choudury, Listen to the Shocking Podcast

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Netflix's documentary Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator explores the dark side of Bikram yoga (or hot yoga) founder Bikram Choudhury. The doc comes from Academy Award-winning director Eva Orner, who shines the spotlight on the women who toppled Choudhury's empire, as well as the dilemma practitioners of hot yoga face as they weigh the benefits of the exercise against the actions of the man who popularized the practice in the United States. Before Netflix's documentary, Choudhury was the subject of a five-part podcast from ESPN's 30 for 30 series.

Journalist and former Bikram Studio manager Julia Lowrie Henderson's goal for the podcast was not only to shed light on the six women who have come forward with allegations of rape and sexual assault against Choudhury, but also to look at the hot yoga community as a whole. The fall of their guru has affected members worldwide in contrasting ways as those
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Netflix's New Documentary Uncovers the Disturbing Dark Side of Bikram Yoga

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Hot yoga is offered in most gyms across the country, but while it might be the perfect Saturday morning activity, the origins of this specific yoga practice are littered with controversy. In Netflix's upcoming documentary Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator, the film unpacks the dramatic rise and fall of hot-yoga founder Bikram Choudhury, who moved to Beverly Hills from Calcutta, India, in the early 1970s and quickly built a celebrity-endorsed fitness empire.

With testimonies from past students, Academy Award winner Eva Orner's film explores numerous rape and sexual abuse allegations that were eventually put against him in the 2010s, as well as the aggressive and almost cult-like training atmosphere he forced people to endure. "[Choudhury] saw himself as a cross between Mother Theresa and Howard Stern," one person tells the camera, before another chimes in that he was "so good at getting inside of our brains."

In addition to shining
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