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South Asian Ramu Gupta has always been fascinated with western movie musicals and has wanted to be an American movie star primarily as a dancer... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Jimi Mistry ... Ramu Gupta

Heather Graham ... Sharonna

Marisa Tomei ... Lexi

Michael McKean ... Dwain

Dash Mihok ... Rusty McGee
Emil Marwa ... Vijay Rao

Christine Baranski ... Chantal

Ronald Guttman ... Edwin

Malachy McCourt ... Father Flanagan

Ajay Naidu ... Sanjay

Anita Gillette ... Mrs. McGee
Pat McNamara ... Mr. McGee
Dwight Ewell ... Peaches
Parul Shah ... Indian Princess in Movie

Omar Rahim ... Indian Prince in Movie
Douglas Dolan ... Young Ramu
Bina Sharif ... Older Woman in Dance Class

Sakina Jaffrey ... Young Woman in Dance Class
Susham Bedi ... Lady in Glasses in Dance Class
Sinia Jane ... Mrs. Gupta
Anoop Puri ... Mr. Janjher Gupta
Kamla Sethi ... Nana
Jeneva Talwar ... Mira

Charles Singh ... Amit (as Raahul Singh)
Jed Sexton ... Rude Lunch Patron #1
Tommy Crudup ... Rude Lunch Patron #2

Damian Young ... Hank, the Camera Man
Philip Levy ... Sound Man
Sarah Stanley ... Ramrod Production Assistant

Bobby Cannavale ... Randy
Krista Bogetich ... Party Planner

Tom McCarthy ... Lars (as Thomas McCarthy)

Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Rasphal, the Cook

Ajay Mehta ... Swami Bu

Rizwan Manji ... Party Waiter

Carmen Dell'Orefice ... Socialite
Georgia Creighton ... Uptight Woman

Amanda Hall Rogers ... Amy

Tina Sloan ... Kitty

Dominic Fumusa ... Waldo Hernandez
Rebecca Thomas ... Subway Passenger
Steven Randazzo ... Tony, the Baker
Edythe Bronstein ... Turned On Woman
Roger Kachel ... Turned On Man

Don Fessman ... Chatty Nude Guy
Margaret Hall ... Mrs. Taylor
Bill Massof ... Professor Wank

Rob Morrow ... Josh Goldstein

Jason Harris ... Josh's Assistant

Wayne Gurman ... Guy in Bar

Sally Jessy Raphael ... Sally Jessy Raphaël (as Sally Jessy Raphaël)
John Holyoke ... Sally Jessy Audience Member

Becca Ayers ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer
Robert Rod Barry ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer
Nicole Barth ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer
Rob Besserer ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer

Gwendolyn Bucci ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer
Dimitri Christy ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer
Barry Ford ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer
John-Charles Kelly ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer

Richard Lear ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer
Paul Liberti ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer

Susan Malick ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer
Joseph P. McDonnell ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer
Frank Moran ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer
Scott Rink ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer
Jeanna Schweppe ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer
Valda Setterfield ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer
Alec Timerman ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer
Judith Van Buren ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer
Jennifer Way Rawe ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer
Darlene Wilson ... Lexi's Birthday Party Dancer
Cara Butler ... Wedding Dancer
Darrah Carr ... Wedding Dancer
Kim Cea ... Wedding Dancer
Colleen Hawks ... Wedding Dancer
Christopher Lamontagne ... Wedding Dancer (as Christopher LaMontagne)
Enrique Menendez ... Wedding Dancer (as Henry Menendez)
David O'Hanlon ... Wedding Dancer
Frank Root ... Wedding Dancer
Michelle West ... Wedding Dancer
John Keane ... Wedding Bagpiper
Nicki Cochrane ... Bombay Dance Class Dancer
Jasmine Persad ... Bombay Dance Class Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Subhashini Ali ... Grandmother (uncredited)

Ismail Bashey ... Various Characters (voice) (uncredited)

Bill Chemerka ... Wedding Dancer (uncredited)

Jeff Chena ... Rude Subway Patron (uncredited)

Derrick Damions ... Smoking Sexy Gladiator (uncredited)
Todd Fredericks ... Best Man (uncredited)

Sean T. Krishnan ... Various Characters (voice) (uncredited)

Gregori J. Martin ... Devout Follower (uncredited)
Lian Moy ... Student (uncredited)

Rich Odell ... Gladiator (uncredited)

Sunita Param ... Featured (uncredited)

Amy Russ ... Devout Follower (uncredited)

Reena Shah ... Indian Dancer (uncredited)

Rod Sweitzer ... 73 End (uncredited)
Jerry Vattamala ... Bollywood Dancer (uncredited)
Amisha Veda ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Daisy von Scherler Mayer 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Tracey Jackson (written by)

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... producer
Liza Chasin .... executive producer
Nupu Chaudhuri .... line producer: India
David Crockett .... co-producer
Eric Fellner .... producer
Debra Hayward .... executive producer
Shekhar Kapur .... executive producer
Michael London .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Carbonara 
 
Cinematography by
John de Borman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bruce Green 
Cara Silverman 
 
Casting by
Ali Farrell 
Laura Rosenthal 
 
Production Design by
Stephen Alesch 
Robin Standefer 
 
Art Direction by
Mario Ventenilla  (as Mario R. Ventenilla)
 
Set Decoration by
Donna Hamilton 
Malavika Talukder 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Clancy 
 
Makeup Department
Shashi Thapa Awal .... hair stylist: India
Angel De Angelis .... key hair stylist (as Angel De Angelis Halko)
C. Romania Ford .... makeup artist
David Forrest .... key makeup artist (as David Craig Forrest)
Patricia Grande .... hair stylist
Jamal Hammadi .... hair stylist: Heather Graham
Rajesh Setia .... assistant makeup artist: India
Chhotu Sheikh .... makeup artist: India
 
Production Management
Mohini Banerji .... production supervisor: India
David Crockett .... production manager
Varsha Dewan .... unit manager: India
Lizz Grant .... production supervisor
Graham Stumpf .... post-production supervisor
Michelle Wright .... executive in charge of production: Working Title Films
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert C. Albertell .... second assistant director
Steve Apicella .... first assistant director
Alex Fernández .... assistant director
Dylan Gray .... first assistant director: India (as D. Dylan Gray)
Archana Pednekar .... trainee assistant director: India
D.P. Singh .... second second assistant director: India
Ayesha Sood .... second second assistant director: India
Atul Srivastav .... second assistant director: India
 
Art Department
Troy R. Adee .... swing gang (as Troy Adee)
Kenneth Albanese .... key construction foreman
Nicholas Albanese .... shop craftsman (as Nick Albanese)
James C. Allen .... second construction foreman (as James Allen)
James J. Archer .... set dresser (as James Archer)
John Basile .... swing gang
Nitin Bhatt .... property man: India
Roland Brooks .... scenic artist
Garf Brown .... scenic artist
James Byrnes .... assistant props
Rammilan Chaubey .... property assistant: India
Doug Cluff .... additional scenic artist
Dominick Cocuzzo .... construction grip
Jay Dalton .... key construction grip
James P. Dolan .... shop electrician (as James Dolan)
George Drohan .... on-set dresser
Rochelle Edelson .... camera scenic artist
Kate Falzarano .... assistant property master (as Kathy Fundas-Falzarano)
Deborah Greene .... swing gang
Tom Heaps .... swing gang (as Thomas Heaps)
Richard Hebrank .... construction coordinator (as Rich Hebrank)
Chris Holbrook .... shop person
Christopher Hébel .... signwriter
Eddie R. Jabara .... construction grip
Jacqueline Jacobson Scarfo .... set decoration buyer (as Jacqueline Jacobson)
Yashwant S. Kamble .... head painter: India (as Yaswant Kamble)
Daniel P. Kennedy .... construction grip (as Daniel Kennedy)
Timothy Main .... shop craftsman (as Tim Main)
Jeffrey M. Marchetti .... set dresser
Christine Mayer .... set decoration buyer
Jeff Naparstek .... set dresser
Shambu Nath .... stand-by property master: India
Vijay Parshuram .... painter: India
Gerard H. Pineo .... lead man (as Gerry Pineo)
Jerry Porteus .... shop grip
Ayesha Punvani .... assistant set decorator: India
John Ralbovsky .... scenic foreman (as John A. Ralbovsky)
Dave Reardon .... assistant props (as David Reardon)
Pradip Redij .... construction supervisor: India
Joe Reider .... shop manager
William F. Reynolds .... property master (as Bill Reynolds)
Lauri Blaire Schulman .... art department supervisor
Aradhana Seth .... production designer: India
Ashok Sharma .... property assistant: India
Kelly Solomon .... set decoration coordinator
Eric Stepper .... swing gang
Jared Sturner .... construction grip
Steve Swanson .... swing gang
Malavika Talukder .... set decorator: India
Sylvia Trapanese .... additional scenic artist (as Sylvia Tratanese)
Yogender Tyagi .... assistant property master: India
Lawzari Vishwakarma .... head carpenter: India (as Lozari Vishwakarma)
Jack Wagner .... second shop electrician
Dennis Widmyer .... art department production assistant
 
Sound Department
Pembrooke Andrews .... assistant sound editor
Michael Barosky .... sound mixer
Gary Blufer .... additional sound effects editor
Alexander Court .... sound effects driver
Mike Donald .... boom operator: India
William Dotson .... sound editor (as Bill Dotson)
Michael Dressel .... supervising foley editor
John Michael Fanaris .... sound effects coordinator
Bruce Fortune .... additional sound supervisor
Frank A. Fuller Jr. .... sound editor
Kevin Hamilton .... sound editor
Kirk Herzbrun .... apprentice sound editor
Matthew Iadarola .... re-recording mixer
Adam Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
Mellini Kantayya .... adr recordist
Lisa J. Levine .... supervising adr editor
Laura Macias .... foley artist
Steve Maslow .... re-recording mixer
Daniel Rosenblum .... boom operator (as Danny Rosenblum)
Graham Ross .... sound mixer: India
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Cathie Speakman .... sound editor (as Catherine M. Speakman)
John Switzer .... sound effects coordinator
Shawn Sykora .... foley editor
Ken Teaney .... re-recording mixer
Warren A. Weberg .... cable person
Ben Winston .... sound assistant: India
Richard E. Yawn .... supervising sound editor
Robert Carr .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Patrick Cicero .... first assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Colin Cooper .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Wendy Czajkowsky .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Cynthia DeLaney Gorman .... marketing and sales (uncredited)
Mark DeSimone .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Martin Schloemer .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Mario A. Vitale .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Joe Abele .... visual effects coordinator: Stargate Digital
Arlene Bogna .... digital artist
Tim Donahue .... digital matte painter: Stargate Digital
Adam Ealovega .... compositing supervisor: Stargate Digital
Darren Frankel .... head of post production: Stargate Digital
Eric Grenaudier .... lead compositor: Stargate Digital
Kenya Hadley .... visual effects editor: Stargate Digital
Frank Lawas .... visual effects I/O supervisor: Stargate Digital
Sean Mattini .... visual effects editor: Stargate Digital (as Sean Afshar)
Sam Nicholson .... visual effects producer: Stargate Digital
Anthony Ocampo .... CG artist: Stargate Digital (as Tony O'Campo)
Dianna Oliva-Day .... visual effects producer
Victor Scalise .... visual effects editorial supervisor: Stargate Digital
Jaison Stritch .... 3D visual effects supervisor: Stargate Digital
Peter V. Ware .... visual effects producer: Stargate Digital (as Peter Ware)
 
Stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Maqsood Ali .... electrician: India (as Maqsood Hasan Ali)
Donald M. Angst .... electrician (as Don Angst)
Myles Aronowitz .... still photographer
John Attwell .... first assistant camera: India
Bruce Atwater .... grip
Rita Banerji .... camera trainee: India
Arjun Singh Bhurji .... grip: India
Rebecca Brillhart .... additional assistant camera
Kelly Britt .... rigging best boy (as Kelly J. Britt)
Inder Burji .... grip: India (as Inder Singh Bhurji)
Michael Cambria .... second assistant camera
Caesar S. Carnevale .... camera loader (as Caesar Carnevale)
Fred Chesterman .... grip
Peter Colavito .... electrician
Stephen Consentino .... Steadicam operator
Balaram Dawande .... electrician: India (as Balaram B. Dawande)
Mulchand Dedhia .... gaffer: India
John Dolan .... key grip (as John P. Dolan)
Chris Drechsler .... electrician
John W. Duvall .... second grip foreman (as John Duvall)
Rosalyn Ellis .... second assistant camera: India
James J. Ferris .... electrician
Ken Ferris .... camera operator
Jamie Gallagher .... generator operator: base camp
John Geisler .... electrician
Abdul Hamid Shaikh .... electrician: India
Gary Hildebrand .... best boy electric (as Gary D. Hildebrand)
Jerry Holway .... additional Steadicam operator
Tukaram Joshi .... electrician: India (as Tukaram S. Joshi)
Fred Kimble .... grip
Anthony Lee .... grip: India
Dieter Ludwig .... unit photographer: India
Douglas Martines .... video assistant (as Doug Martines)
Peter Marzulli .... generator operator
Tim Metivier .... first assistant camera
Danny Nallan .... Rigging grip
K. Narayanan .... electrician: India (as K. Naryanan)
Kabkeo Phothivongsa .... electrician
Kashinath Ratate .... electrician: India (as Kashinath K. Ratate)
Josh Roth .... grip
Kamlesh Sadrani .... electrician: India (as Kamlesh P. Sadrani)
Sanjay Sami .... key grip: India
Frank Schumo .... rigging best boy grip (as Frank Schiumo)
Manav Sehgal .... video assistant: India
Patrick Shelby .... best boy grip (as Pat Shelby)
Charles Sherron .... dolly grip (as Charlie Sherron)
Darrin Smith .... lamp operator
Eric Swanek .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Phil Testa .... rigging gaffer (as Philip Testa)
John Velez .... gaffer
Rory Walsh .... rigging key grip (as Rory C. Walsh)
Nina Zarnett .... grip
Douglas Pellegrino .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Krista Bogetich .... casting assistant
Kristine Bulakowski .... extras casting
Kim Coleman .... casting: Los Angeles
Uma Da Cunha .... casting: India
Shelley Friedman .... casting assistant
Carol Hanzel .... additional casting: dance sequence
Karen Lindsay-Stewart .... casting: UK
Varun Narain .... extras casting: India
Driss Tijani .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Liaqat Ali .... tailor: India
Sabir Ali .... costume assistant: India
Himani Dehlvi .... assistant costume designer: India
Kate Edwards .... costume supervisor
Patricia Eiben .... additional costumer
Kevin P. Faherty .... additional costumer (as Kevin Faherty)
Ikrar Hussein .... second costume assistant: India
Pilar Limosner .... assistant costume designer
Kirsten Mogg .... costumer
Marcia Patten .... costume supervisor
Rose Marie C. Polansky .... costumer (as Rose Polansky)
 
Editorial Department
Andrea Bottigliero .... first assistant editor (as Andy Bottigliero)
Stephanie M. Casey .... first assistant editor
John Dicker .... apprentice editor: New York
Sunny Fuller .... post-production assistant
Ernest Hernandez .... post-production assistant
Jimmy Hill .... second assistant editor: Los Angeles
Noa James Krauss .... post-production coordinator
Christopher Kroll .... first assistant editor
Sandra Nash .... second assistant editor: New York
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Melanie Shannon .... post-production assistant
Gwenn K. Smith .... post-production coordinator
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Bryan Walsh .... apprentice editor: Los Angeles (as Brian Walsh)
Julian Andraus .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Varsha Dewan .... location manager: India
Bill Garvey .... location scout
Matthew Kania .... location production assistant (as Matthew E. Kania)
Islamuddin Khan .... location assistant: India
Jennifer Lyne .... location scout
David Ray Martin .... assistant location manager (as David Martin)
Mahavir Singh .... location assistant: India
Joseph Stephans .... location assistant
Bryan Thomas .... location manager
 
Music Department
Nick Angel .... music supervisor
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Kuljit Bhamra .... musician: Indian percussion
Hugh Burns .... musician: electric guitar and electric sitar
Edmund Choi .... conductor
Paul Clarvis .... musician: Indian percussion
Clem Clempson .... musician: electric guitar and electric sitar
Peter Cobbin .... music engineer
Chris Cozens .... auricle control systems
Mitchell Dalton .... musician: acoustic guitar and Spanish guitar (as Mitch Dalton)
Andrew Dudman .... assistant music engineer
Paul Dunne .... musician: acoustic guitar and Spanish guitar
Isobel Griffiths .... musician contractor
Dave Hartley .... musician: electric piano and celeste (as David Hartley)
Chandru Jois .... composer: theme music (ending theme)
Skaila Kanga .... musician: harp and celtic harp
Helen Keen .... musician: flute
Kirsten Lane .... music consultant
Brett Morgan .... musician: drums
Kathy Nelson .... executive in charge of music: Universal Studios
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
John Parricelli .... musician: acoustic guitar and Spanish guitar
Andy Pask .... musician: bass guitar
Craig Pruess .... musician: sitar
Jay B. Richardson .... music editor
Sonia Slany .... musician: tampura
Mirek Stiles .... assistant music engineer
Rosemary Warren-Green .... orchestra leader (as Rose Warren-Green)
Bruce White .... musician: viola
Robb Boyd .... assistant music editor: temp (uncredited)
Alexandra Hill .... music assistant (uncredited)
Daniel McIntosh .... music playback (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Travis Bourne .... driver
James Charleston .... driver (as James Charlston)
Richard Chavannet .... driver
Joseph Fay .... transportation co-captain (as Joe Fay)
Michael Fennimore .... transportation captain (as Mike Fennimore)
Kenny Gaskins .... driver (as Kenny Glaskins)
Richard Greene .... driver
Donald Gundacker .... driver
Robert Johnson .... driver (as Bob Johnson)
Thomas Kearns .... driver
Raymond King .... driver
Carl Koehnlein .... driver
Robert Leddy .... driver (as Bobby Leddy)
Ravinder Malik .... transportation coordinator: India
Robert D. Masucci .... driver (as Bobby Masucci)
Joe Medeiros .... driver
Richard Peysson .... driver
Tommy Plant .... driver
John Rainey .... driver
Vincent Russo III .... driver (as Vinny Russo)
Chris Sparky .... driver
Jerry Spellman .... driver
Gabe Turiello .... driver
Gilbert S. Williams .... driver (as Gilbert Williams)
 
Other crew
Shafaqat Ali .... pressman: India
Isha Anand .... extras coordinator: India
Christina Angeloudes .... paralegal
Robyn Aronstam .... script supervisor: India
G.D. Bakshi .... caterer: India
G.D. Bakshi .... craft service: India
Monica Barraza .... production secretary (as Monica D. Barraza)
Shyam Bihari .... office runner: India
Susan Bradley .... title designer
Jackie Brandwein .... first aid
Jim Carden .... assistant accountant
Gaspar Chimbay .... assistant chef
Asha Chopra .... bookkeeper: India
Keith L. Cochrane .... assistant parking coordinator (as Keith Cochrane)
Patrick Corcoran .... executive assistant: Allison Shearmur
Kathy Cossu .... first aid
Taj Crown .... voice-over: "Swami"
Sara Curran .... head of legal/business affairs: Working Title Films
Tony Davis .... production coordinator: Working Title Films
John DeSimone .... production coordinator (as John De Simone)
Ram Dev .... office runner: India
Sally Douglass .... payroll accountant
David Dreishpoon .... craft service
Isaac Dunham .... production assistant
Eric Francis .... craft service assistant
Michele Gentille .... personal assistant to actor
Shefali Ghosh .... chief financial officer: Working Title Films
Sunil Gupta .... unit doctor: India (as Dr. Sunil Gupta)
Caddie Hastings .... assistant: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Benjamin Heywood .... on-set production assistant
Leah Holmes .... post production accountant
Jason Ivey .... on-set production assistant
Aliza James .... assistant: Eric Fellner
Jen Johnson .... parking coordinator
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor (as Tom Johnston)
Mary Ann Kellogg .... choreographer
Mohamed Khan .... production coordinator
Gabrielle Mahon .... assistant production coordinator
Karishma Mansukhani .... assistant: Daisy von Scherler Mayer: India
Rebeca Martinez .... stand in for marisa tomei
Annie Mathews .... production coordinator: India (as Annie M. Mathews)
Sandy Medeiros .... production assistant
Nitya Mehra .... set production assistant: India
Callum Metcalfe .... assistant: Tim Bevan
David Miner .... craft service assistant
Angela Morrison .... chief operating officer: Working Title Films
Cathy Mortensen .... unit publicist (as Catherine H. Mortensen)
G.D. Murthi .... production accountant: India
Anne Marie Mustafa .... product placement coordinator
Ronen Nahom .... stand-in
Jon Peters .... head chef
G.K. Pillai .... liaison officer: India
Matt Power .... on-set production assistant
Martina Pozzi .... on-set production assistant
Vikas Prajapati .... set production assistant: India
Mary Prendergast .... second accounting assistant
Hesh Sarmalkar .... cultural consultant
Ruchi Sehgal .... office production assistant: India
Abhinandan Sekhri .... set production assistant: India (as Abhinandan Sehkri)
Reena Shah .... assistant choreographer
Sheeraz Shah .... vice president of legal and business affairs: Working Title Films
Amit Sharma .... assistant extras coordinator: India (as Amit Sharama)
Christina Sibul .... production executive
Bill Silcock .... copyist
Mark Simone .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Lohash Sood .... set production assistant: India
Alex Stapleton .... assistant: Michael London
David Velasco .... production assistant
Adam Vitalis .... production accountant
Lucy Wainwright .... legal advisor: Working Title Films
Sandra M. White .... on-set production assistant (as Sandra White)
Sarah Jane Wright .... production executive: Working Title Films (as Sarah-Jane Wright)
Dawn Bridgewater .... production assistant (uncredited)
Alex McCord .... stand-in: Chantal and Amy (uncredited)
Peter Pamela Rose .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Daniel Shepherd .... assistant to producers (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Harry Ford .... dedicatee (as Harry S. Ford)
 

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Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, and for language
Runtime:
94 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-7 | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:12 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | Singapore:NC-16 (cut) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:10 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Vijay tells Lexi she smells like a Bombay hooker. Bombay has been known as Mumbai since 1995.See more »
Quotes:
Ramu Gupta:The most powerful sexual organ is your brain. Think about it.
[Faces woman]
Ramu Gupta:Are you thinking?
Turned-on Woman:My whole body is about to think!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Restaurant SitarSee more »

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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
It might not make you laugh, but you may be sore from grinning, 3 December 2003
Author: Greg (gregmoroberts@yahoo.com) from Oakville, Ontario

Not many people will be attracted to The Guru; if for no other reason that the movie poster (or DVD box, if you will) would suggest that of an Indian film that may be too ethnic for the casual moviegoer. And that is too bad, for The Guru is one of those small gems of a film that through word of mouth will eventually get its due as an entertaining, light comedy.

Directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer (1998, Madeline), the movie stars Jimi Mistry as Ramu Gumpta, an young Indian man that moves to America in hopes of obtaining the American dream; that of fame, fortune and celebrity. His hopes are soon dashed however, when he realizes that the land of opportunity is not awaiting his presence with open arms, and he must find work as a waiter and then a reluctant actor in porn films in order to pay his quarter of the rent.

As chance would give, Ramu finds himself at an upper class house party where a guru has been hired as the entertainment. When the guru passes out due to excessive drinking, Ramu assumes his role and uses logic obtained on his movie sets to enliven the guests in the first of three musical numbers within the film. At this gathering, a young, compulsive female named Lexi (played by Academy Award Winner Marisa Tomei), falls for the guru's sexual teachings and soon uses her connections to get him set up with one-on-one client visits and eventually television spots.

But alas all is not well in guru land. The teachings and mutterings by Ramu are actually words from a porn actress named Sharona, (played with normal ditziness by Heather Graham), who thinks that she is giving him lessons on how to be a better porn star and asks only that he tells no one of the information they share. Later Ramu must is put in a ‘we-can-see-this-coming-a-mile-away' scene where his teachings to a mass audience are witnessed by Sharona and he must try to win her back after betraying her trust.

The Guru is very light entertainment, but it delivers by offering nothing more than a few laughs and musical numbers that will have your feet tapping the floor. There are plenty of ethnic jokes and stereotypes (Indians driving cabs, ha ha), but nothing offensive or off color. Daisy von Scherler Mayer keeps things lively by providing us with just the right amount of sex, music and humor to keep us enthralled.

The Guru is by far a perfect movie and a 7 out of 10 would be about the proper rating if I was asked to rate it on such a scale, but considering the amount of comedies out there and the lack of laughs they provide, I think you will agree that The Guru will at least keep a smile on your face for 90 minutes. Thumbs up!

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