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The Guru (1969)

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Britain's top pop artiste, Tom Pickle, travels to Bombay, India, circa 1960s to learn to play the sitar (musical instrument) from renowned maestro Ustad Zafar Khan. Tom is taken to Zafar's ... See full summary »

Director:

James Ivory

Writers:

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (story written for the screen by) (as R. Prawer Jhabvala), James Ivory (story written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rita Tushingham ... Jenny
Michael York ... Tom Pickle
Utpal Dutt ... Ustal Zafar Khan
Madhur Jaffrey ... Begum Sahiba
Barry Foster ... Chris
Aparna Sen ... Ghazala
Zohra Sehgal ... Mastani (as Zohra Segal)
Saeed Jaffrey ... Murad
Nana Palsikar ... The Guru's Guru
Nadira ... Courtesan
Leela Naidu ... Girl at the Party
Usha Katrah Usha Katrah ... Lady Reporter
Fred Ohringer Fred Ohringer ... Howard
Nargis Cowalsji Nargis Cowalsji ... Society Hostess
Marcus Murch Marcus Murch ... Snide Guest
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Storyline

Britain's top pop artiste, Tom Pickle, travels to Bombay, India, circa 1960s to learn to play the sitar (musical instrument) from renowned maestro Ustad Zafar Khan. Tom is taken to Zafar's home, where he gets to meet his wife and several daughters, and the maestro himself. Zafar never has had a disciple as Tom, and is clearly disappointed with his lack of respect. Nevertheless, he asks him to travel to Banares with him. Also accompanying them is a young Caucasian woman named Jenny, who Zafar has taken a liking to, much to his wife's displeasure, and who is more respectful of him than Tom. In Banaras, they get to meet Zafar's aging Guru, and his mistress, Ghazala, who is expecting a child soon. Zafar hopes that it will be a son. Zafar's Guru is quite disappointed with him for having Tom and Jenny as his disciples. An over-awed and overwrought Jenny decides to take it easy - and it is then she witnesses the murder of a courtesan. Watch as events unfold in this peaceful town of Banaras ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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india | sitar | independent film | See All (3) »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

India | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Magia do Guru See more »

Filming Locations:

Bombay, India See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

When the Guru is looking over "Tom Pickle's" albums while upstairs alone at the party (roughly 22 minute mark), he's holding a copy of the Beatle's "Revolver" album, which was drawn by Klaus Voorman. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Wandering Company (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Where did you come from?
Music by Mark London
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by The Buckinghams (uncredited)
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Awful, awful, awful!
4 June 2003 | by emuir-1See all my reviews

The kind of mistake that James Ivory, Rita Tushingham, Sayeed Jafrey and Michael York would rather forget.

James Ivory is a wonderful director and we have him to thank for many superb films about and featuring India, but this is not one of them. So-oo 60's! Rita Tushingham's eye makeup makes her look like a character in the Peking opera. Just bury this one in the vault and forget about it.


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