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The Guru (2002)

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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 overview, first billed only:
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 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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Unleash the tiger within! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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:

£1,521,984 (United Kingdom), 25 August 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$613,485, 2 February 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,034,181, 13 April 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,737,147, 6 November 2003
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jimi Mistry's daughter was born during the filming of the gladiator movie scene. 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

Ramu Gupta: You need to do your own thing. Live your own life.
[walks away angrily]
Lexi: I'm going to meditate on that.
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Connections

Spoofs Risky Business (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

One Way Or Another
Written by Nigel Harrison (as Harrison) and Debbie Harry (as Harry)
Performed by Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Courtesy of Polydor UK Limited
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Bollywood in Hollywood
9 January 2005 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

In India, the dance teacher Ramu Gupta (Jimi Mistry) decides to move to New York to become a famous actor. He believes in the American Dream and wants the follow the example of his friend Vijay (Emil Marwa), who moved to USA and in accordance with his letters, has a Mercedez Benz and lives in a wonderful penthouse. When Ramu arrives in New York, he realizes that Vijay indeed is a complete loser, working as a cab driver and waiter in an Indian restaurant, and sharing a simple apartment with two other friends, one of them illegal. While looking for a job as an actor, the naive Ramu ends in a porn movie, and he meets the porn star Sharonna (Heather Graham), who teaches him some secrets to have a good performance in front of the camera and the shooting crew. Later, in the birthday party of Lexi (Marisa Tomei) in the wealthy house of her parents, he pretends to be a guru, and becomes very successful as the Guru of Sex, using the advice of Sharonna. This silly and delightful story is a great homage to Bollywood and a very good entertainment. Like in the Indian movies of Bollywood, there are lots of songs and numbers of dances, and the cast is very nice and enjoyable. Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei are beautiful as usual, and there are many funny scenes. It is impossible not liking such a sweet romantic comedy. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Guru do Sexo" ("The Guru of the Sex")


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