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The Guru (2002)

A young man leaves India to find fame and fortune in America where he unexpectedly becomes a sex guru.

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Tracey Jackson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimi Mistry ... Ramu Gupta
Heather Graham ... Sharonna
Marisa Tomei ... Lexi
Michael McKean ... Dwain
Dash Mihok ... Rusty McGee
Emil Marwa Emil Marwa ... Vijay Rao
Christine Baranski ... Chantal
Ronald Guttman ... Edwin
Malachy McCourt ... Father Flanagan
Ajay Naidu ... Sanjay
Anita Gillette ... Mrs. McGee
Pat McNamara Pat McNamara ... Mr. McGee
Dwight Ewell Dwight Ewell ... Peaches
Parul Shah Parul Shah ... Indian Princess in Movie
Omar Rahim ... Indian Prince in Movie
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Storyline

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. So when he hears from his friend Vijay Rao about his fabulous life in Manhattan with a penthouse apartment and Mercedes, Ramu decides to move from his home in Delhi to the US to live with Vijay as he pursues his dream of being a star. Upon his arrival in Manhattan, Ramu learns that Vijay's life is nothing like he mentioned, he driving a cab and living in a run down cramped top floor apartment with two fellow South Asian roommates, Ramu who would be the fourth in the apartment. Ramu nonetheless just wants a chance to prove himself in the entertainment business. Among Ramu's many missteps include stumbling into the porn movie business where he can't get it up in such a setting anyway, and working as a waiter at least to earn some money. But it is a wait job at a private South Asian themed birthday party for a lost and directionless socialite ... Written by Huggo

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This Summer, There's A New Lord Of The Dance! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

14 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Guru of Sex See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$613,485, 2 February 2003

Gross USA:

$3,095,506

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,128,852
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There were no sets built at all. The entire movie was shot on location. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sanjay: [awestruck] I talked to a real live pornstar... and she sounded naked!
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Connections

References Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Time Rock and Roll
Written by George Jackson (as Jackson) and Tom Jones III (as Jones)
Performed by Vishal Ailawadhi
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When Sari met Kali
13 March 2003 | by Shakespeare-2See all my reviews

When Sari met Kali

There are two real stars in "The Guru". One, of course, is lead actor Jimi Mistry as the self-styled "guru of sex", spouting a philosophy of pleasure that can most aptly be described as a cross between Dr. Ruth and Dr. Phil. It's a tough assignment, but Mistry (ahem) rises to the occasion and (ahem, ahem) pulls it off. It doesn't hurt that the Indian actor is eye candy from any angle, with a winning and winsome smile, and the way he dances "to his inner beat".

The other "star" of "The Guru" is its Bollywood-extravaganza-style choreography. When the cast drops everything to stage a musical number, it just fills you with a pure and exuberant joy.

Christine Baranski, Marisa Tomei and Heather Graham lend their talents to this inspired bit of silliness, but it is really Jimi Mistry's vehicle all the way. His charm and energy give the film its heart and soul.


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