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The Guru (2002)

Released 2002 Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Writer/s Script Tracey Jackson
Director Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Starring Jimi Mistry, Heather Graham, Marisa Tomei, Michael McKean, Christine Baranski, Sanjeev Bhaskar
Elevator Pitch A young Indian dance teacher is encouraged to emigrate to New York by his brother who tells tales of penthouse suites and Mercedes, but when he arrives he finds that it is fiction and becomes the fourth inhabitant of a single room, and has to wait at tables, that is until he gets an acting job in a porn film. He accidentally becomes a guru at a high society party dispensing sex advice offered confidentially by a porn star. He can be famous, but he is betraying her confidence. What to do?
Content The whole film made on location in New York so plenty of atmosphere. Fun at society parties where the advice is dispensed. Exchanges in the porn film studio. Discussion in the porn star’s very respectable flat (she is pretendingto be a school teacher). Some Indian dancing. No sex – really – and just a bit of nudity mostly of middle-aged people.
A View One of the critics complained that all the sub-plots were tied up neatly, but nothing wrong with that just for a change, and I really liked the Indian guys and the dancing. Compared with the dire comedies I have reviewed recently this was really worth a watch.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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