Myers' film has good karma

Spiritual teacher Chopra gives two chakras up to comedy 'Love Guru'

Deepak Chopra has something to say about Hindu opposition to Mike Myers' new movie: Get over it.

The best-selling author and spiritual teacher is defending "The Love Guru," a comedy in which Myers plays an aspiring self-help guru who aims to achieve Chopra's level of popularity. Chopra posted an essay online in response to those in the Hindu community who say "Love Guru" is offensive and mocks important tenets of their faith.

"The premature outcry against the movie is itself religious propaganda," Chopra wrote, noting that the protesters based their views on the film's 21/2-minute trailer. "As viewers will find out when the movie is released this summer, no one is more thoroughly skewered in it than I am — you could even say that I am made to seem preposterous."

Chopra, who makes a cameo appearance in the film, said he and Myers have been friends for 15 years. The two appeared together last year in an episode of "Iconoclasts," a series of short documentaries on Sundance Channel, and Myers wrote the foreword to Chopra's latest book, "Why Is God Laughing?"

Chopra inadvertently inspired "Love Guru." During a period of depression, Myers discovered Chopra's books and videos and began imitating his accent, Chopra said. Myers tried out his new character in New York comedy clubs and began to write the film.

The comedian sought Chopra's blessing on the concept and script, Chopra said.

Paramount will release "Love Guru" on June 20.

Sandy Cohen is a reporter for the Associated Press.