How Hollywood Found Hinduism

Celebrities like Julia Roberts, Madonna, and Miley Cyrus have been criticized for co-opting Hindu traditions. But it was often Indian gurus who sold them a new form of spirituality.

Aarti Virani

October 11, 2021

How Hollywood Found Hinduism
Julia Roberts poses with Indian priest Swami Dharmdev in Hari Mandir Ashram in Pataudi on September 22, 2009 (STRDEL/AFP via Getty Images)