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The Guru (1969)

G
112 min | Comedy

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 ...See moreBritain'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 that will change the lives and thought-processes of Zafar, Tom, and Jenny, forever. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com) See less
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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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Michael York
Tom Pickle Tom Pickle   See fewer
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Utpal Dutt
Ustal Zafar Khan Ustal Zafar Khan   See fewer
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Madhur Jaffrey
Begum Sahiba Begum Sahiba   See fewer
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Aparna Sen
Ghazala Ghazala   See fewer
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Zohra Sehgal
Mastani (as Zohra Segal) Mastani (as Zohra Segal)   See fewer
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Nana Palsikar
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Nadira
Courtesan Courtesan   See fewer
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Leela Naidu
Girl at the Party Girl at the Party   See fewer
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Usha Katrah
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Fred Ohringer
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Nargis Cowalsji
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Marcus Murch
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Dorothy Strelsin
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Ismail Merchant
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Rafi Ameer
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Soni Aurora
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Agarwal
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Pinchoo Kapoor
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5.8 / 10 | 83 votes