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  • The Guru (1969)
  • G
    112 min | Comedy
The Guru (1969)
G
112 min | Comedy

Tom Pickle, Britain's top pop artiste, travels to Bombay, India, in the 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 moreTom Pickle, Britain's top pop artiste, travels to Bombay, India, in the 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 like 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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Director
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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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Feb 10, 1969 (United States)

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23 cast members
Name Known for
Michael York
Tom Pickle Tom Pickle   See fewer
Utpal Dutt
Ustal Zafar Khan Ustal Zafar Khan   See fewer
Madhur Jaffrey
Begum Sahiba Begum Sahiba   See fewer
Aparna Sen
Ghazala Ghazala   See fewer
Zohra Sehgal
Mastani (as Zohra Segal) Mastani (as Zohra Segal)   See fewer
Nana Palsikar
The Guru's Guru The Guru's Guru   See fewer
Nadira
Courtesan Courtesan   See fewer
Leela Naidu
Girl at the Party Girl at the Party   See fewer
Usha Katrah
Lady Reporter Lady Reporter   See fewer
Fred Ohringer
Howard Howard   See fewer
Nargis Cowalsji
Society Hostess Society Hostess   See fewer
Marcus Murch
Snide Guest Snide Guest   See fewer
Dorothy Strelsin
Tourist Tourist   See fewer
Ismail Merchant
Master Of Ceremonies Master Of Ceremonies   See fewer
Rafi Ameer
Arnold D'Mello Arnold D'Mello   See fewer
Soni Aurora
Miss Teen Beaty Queen Uttar Pradesh Miss Teen Beaty Queen Uttar Pradesh   See fewer
Agarwal
Doctor (as Shri Agarwal) Doctor (as Shri Agarwal)   See fewer
Pinchoo Kapoor
Murderer Murderer   See fewer
Prayag Raj
Classical Singer Classical Singer   See fewer
Dina Pathak
Jury member at U.P. Beauty Contest Jury member at U.P. Beauty Contest   See fewer
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