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The Guru (1969)





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Tom Pickle (Michael York) is the British rock star who travels to India to learn the sitar from Ustad Zafar Khan (Uptal Dutt). Much to the dismay of his aggressive agent Chris (Barry Foster), he leaves the money-making music world behind to learn about the exotic Indian instrument. Khan believes Tom lacks focus but has the talent, and a young hippie girl arrives (Rita Tushingham) who has the focus but not the natural talent that Tom possesses. There is a romantic angle between the hippie-girl Jenny and Tom, but it is more implied than demonstrated. Soon the Guru Khan is besieged by women who all try to capture his attention. He becomes frustrated over the lack of spiritual commitment of his students, as the rocker contemplates his return to swinging London town. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

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Michael York
as Tom Pickle
Utpal Dutt
as Ustad Zafar Khan
Aparna Sen
as Ghazala
Madhur Jaffrey
as Begum Sahiba
Usha Katrak
as Lady Reporter
Nargis Cowasji
as Society Hostess
Leela Naidu
as Girl at Party
Marcus Murch
as Snide Guest
Zohra Seghal
as Mustani
Usha Kattrak
as Lady Reporter
Ismail Merchant
as Master of Ceremonies
Rafi Ameer
as Arnold D'Mello
Soni Aurora
as Miss Teen Queen
Nana Palsikar
as Guru's Guru
as Courtesan
Pincho Kapoor
as Murderer
Prayag Raaj
as Classical Singer
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Critic Reviews for The Guru

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

The central character naturally is the guru himself, and it is here that Ivory and his leading actor have brought off a brilliantly funny and touching character study.

March 31, 2020 | Full Review…

Perhaps Ivory's real talent is for the sort of farewells which everyone welcomes with rather more relief than they allow themselves to admit.

July 11, 2018 | Full Review…

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