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The Guru (2002)

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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. So when he hears from his friend Vijay Rao ... See full summary »

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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. 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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A comedy about finding the American dream in the most unexpected way. See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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

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14 February 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Guru of Sex  »

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

Goofs

When Sharonna is teaching Ramu about moving one's body to music, Ramu's pendant jumps in and out of his shirt between shots. See more »

Quotes

Vijay: Name one famous Indian in America.
Sanjay: That guy from the Simpsons.
Vijay: He is a cartoon!
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Connections

Features Grease (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Macarena
Written by Antonio Romero (as Antonio Romero Monje) and Rafael Ruiz (as Perdigones Rafael Ruiz)
Performed by Los del Río
Courtesy of RCA Records/BMG UK & Ireland Ltd.
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Now, this is how you do a cute, funny love story
9 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I had no idea what the plot of the Guru was before I saw it. And afterwards, I was glad I saw this unique love story that for some reason, never got much press when it was in theaters. The story revolves around a young India man who moves to New York to make his dreams of becoming rich and famous a reality. He tries out for a movie role, not knowing it was for a porn. On the set of the porn, he meets a girl, whom ends up giving him advice about sex. She thinks it is for working in porns, but he is using the advice to advance his career as the Guru. Of course, the two fall for each other and how they finally get together makes this movie worth while.

FINAL VERDICT: A lot of music, and a much better plot than most romantic comedies now days. This was much better than any of Sandra Bullocks lame romantic comedies. I recommend this unique, not-so-well-known, gem.


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