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?


During the early stages of writing the script, the writer wanted the character of Kitty to be Martha Stewart or Madonna. They would have played themselves had one of them been cast. 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 »


Hank the Cameraman: [wedding guests are unaware that Hank is a porno cameramen] Pretend that I'm not here.
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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »


Restaurant Sitar
Performed by Martin Blasick
Courtesy of Montion City Records
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Enjoyable fluff, great dance sequences
22 April 2004 | by (Kent, England) – See all my reviews

I had read a review of this that said the sex bit was quite low key and it was actually quite a good comedy. Indeed it was, not great, but quite watchable and good fun. Jimi Mistry was very good, and the female leads, Marisa Tomei and Heather Graham were funny and sexy.

The Bollywood dance sequences were well done, and Mistry proved he can move very nicely. There were several laugh out loud moments and overall it was a feelgood movie.

It wasnt the best sex comedy I have seen, and the laughs could have been more frequent, but that didnt spoil an otherwise light hearted and amusing film.

For an evening in with nothing else to do, worth watching!

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