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The Guru

Original title
The Guru
Year
Running time
112 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, James Ivory
Music
Ustad Vilayat Khan
Cinematography
Subrata Mitra
Cast
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Producer
Co-production United States-India; Merchant Ivory Productions / Arcadia Films
Genre
Comedy | Independent Film (US)
Synopsis / Plot
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...
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