MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,903 this week

The Guru (1969)

 -  Comedy  -  10 February 1969 (USA)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 66 users  
Reviews: 6 user

Britain's top pop artiste, Tom Pickle, travels to Bombay, India, circa 1960s to learn to play the sitar (musical instrument) from renowned maestro Ustad Zafar Khan. Tom is taken to Zafar's ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 498 titles
created 23 Mar 2012
 
a list of 75 titles
created 09 Jul 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 27 Jul 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 64 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Guru (1969)

The Guru (1969) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Guru.

Videos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rita Tushingham ...
Jenny
...
Tom Pickle
Utpal Dutt ...
Ustal Zafar Khan
...
Begum Sahiba
Barry Foster ...
Chris
Aparna Sen ...
Ghazala
Zohra Segal ...
Mastani
...
Murad
Nana Palsikar ...
The Guru's Guru
Nadira ...
Courtesan
Leela Naidu ...
Girl at the Party
Usha Katrah ...
Lady Reporter
Fred Ohringer ...
Howard
Nargis Cowalsji ...
Society Hostess
Marcus Murch ...
Snide Guest
Edit

Storyline

Britain's top pop artiste, Tom Pickle, travels to Bombay, India, circa 1960s to learn to play the sitar (musical instrument) from renowned maestro Ustad Zafar Khan. Tom is taken to Zafar's home, where he gets to meet his wife and several daughters, and the maestro himself. Zafar never has had a disciple as Tom, and is clearly disappointed with his lack of respect. Nevertheless, he asks him to travel to Banares with him. Also accompanying them is a young Caucasian woman named Jenny, who Zafar has taken a liking to, much to his wife's displeasure, and who is more respectful of him than Tom. In Banaras, they get to meet Zafar's aging Guru, and his mistress, Ghazala, who is expecting a child soon. Zafar hopes that it will be a son. Zafar's Guru is quite disappointed with him for having Tom and Jenny as his disciples. An over-awed and overwrought Jenny decides to take it easy - and it is then she witnesses the murder of a courtesan. Watch as events unfold in this peaceful town of Banaras ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

independent film

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

G
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

10 February 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Guru  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in The Wandering Company (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Tom's Boat Song
By Ustad Imrat Khan (as Ustad Imrat Hussein Khan), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (as R. Prawer Jhabvala)
Performed by Michael York (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Awful, awful, awful!
4 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The kind of mistake that James Ivory, Rita Tushingham, Sayeed Jafrey and Michael York would rather forget.

James Ivory is a wonderful director and we have him to thank for many superb films about and featuring India, but this is not one of them. So-oo 60's! Rita Tushingham's eye makeup makes her look like a character in the Peking opera. Just bury this one in the vault and forget about it.


4 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Does anybody have a copy? clivecrump
Discuss The Guru (1969) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?