The Guru (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Music  |  14 February 2003 (USA)
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Bored with Bollywood movies but fascinated with their Hollywood counterparts from his youth, Ram dreams to become a singer and actor in America, the country where dreams are made. He is ... See full summary »


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Bored with Bollywood movies but fascinated with their Hollywood counterparts from his youth, Ram dreams to become a singer and actor in America, the country where dreams are made. He is encouraged when his American-based close friend, Vijay Rao, comes for visit, and brags about driving a Mercedes and living in a penthouse. The Guptas do their best to talk Ramu out of going to America, but in vain. Ram does travel to America and upon arrival in New York is received by Vijay. This is where Ram will get a shock when he finds out that Vijay works as a waiter in an Indian Restaurant, drives a taxi-cab for a living, has never owned any car, and lives in a small apartment based in a Cinema Theater that hosts Bollywood movies, and his two room-mates are Sanjeev and Amit, one of them an illegal immigrant. Ram gets a job as a waiter in the same restaurant as Vijay, but is fired when he gets into a physical argument with a customer. Thereafter Ram applies for an acting job, only to find out that... Written by rAjOo (

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Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 February 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Guru of Sex  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,521,984 (UK) (23 August 2002)


$321,814 (Spain) (25 July 2003)

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Did You Know?


Just before the birthday scene when Ramu arrives at Lexi's house we hear the party planner greet a couple as Mr. and Mrs. de Borman. John de Borman is the movie's director of photography. See more »


When Ramu plays Swami Bu at the party, he has a garland on. The red sections move up and down between shots. See more »


Chantal: Lexi, can I see you in the kitchen?
Lexi: Do you know where it is?
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Referenced in Getaway: Episode #14.9 (2005) See more »


Written by Antonio Romero (as Antonio Romero Monje) and Rafael Ruiz (as Perdigones Rafael Ruiz)
Performed by Los del Río
Courtesy of RCA Records/BMG UK & Ireland Ltd.
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Now, this is how you do a cute, funny love story
9 January 2004 | by (TN) – See all my reviews

I had no idea what the plot of the Guru was before I saw it. And afterwards, I was glad I saw this unique love story that for some reason, never got much press when it was in theaters. The story revolves around a young India man who moves to New York to make his dreams of becoming rich and famous a reality. He tries out for a movie role, not knowing it was for a porn. On the set of the porn, he meets a girl, whom ends up giving him advice about sex. She thinks it is for working in porns, but he is using the advice to advance his career as the Guru. Of course, the two fall for each other and how they finally get together makes this movie worth while.

FINAL VERDICT: A lot of music, and a much better plot than most romantic comedies now days. This was much better than any of Sandra Bullocks lame romantic comedies. I recommend this unique, not-so-well-known, gem.

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