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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ramu Gupta
... Sharonna
... Lexi
... Dwain
... Rusty McGee
Emil Marwa ... Vijay Rao
... Chantal
... Edwin
... Father Flanagan
... Sanjay
... Mrs. McGee
Pat McNamara ... Mr. McGee
Dwight Ewell ... Peaches
Parul Shah ... Indian Princess in Movie
... 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 »

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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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Release Date:

14 February 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Guru of Sex  »

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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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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 »

Goofs

Vijay tells Lexi she smells like a Bombay hooker. Bombay has been known as Mumbai since 1995. See more »

Quotes

Rusty McGee: [Ramu pretends to be fixing toilet after Rusty gets home early and surprises them] Why doesn't he have any tools?
Sharonna: He's a holistic plumber.
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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

WHAT A MAN
(Crawford)
Performed by Linda Lyndell
Courtesy of Stax Records/Fantasy Inc.
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Offbeat romantic comedy
16 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I caught this film late at night on Starz and decided to watch it. I was bracing myself for something stupid a la "Master of Disguise", but this is a good movie.

A young Indian goes to America in hopes of becoming the next John Travolta. He ends up working odd jobs while still searching to be discovered. He eventually does, but not as he had hoped. Marisa Tomei is psycho and Heather Graham is surprisingly good in this role. The ending is terrific. Leaves you feeling good. Everything has a good outcome.

It's too bad this movie bombed at the theatres. It's a good offbeat romantic comedy. I cracked up at quite a few parts. It's a light-hearted film with great music (traditional and modern). I recommend this to couples who want to spend a great evening inside with a bowl of popcorn.


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