The Guru


1h 52m 1969

Brief Synopsis

A British rock star travels to India with his hippie girlfriend to study the sitar with a master guru.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 19 Apr: Feb 1969
Production Company
Arcadia Films; Merchant Ivory Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 52m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)

Synopsis

Tom Pickle, a popular British pop singer, comes to India to study the sitar with the famous musician Ustad Zafar Khan. Also drawn to the Ustad is Jenny, a young English hippie who is on a quest for spiritual fulfillment. Because of Tom's clamoring teenage fans and his seeming lack of respect for the guru, a series of quarrels spring up between the singer and the Ustad. Meanwhile, Jenny's obvious adoration of the Ustad angers the elder of his two wives, Begum Sahiba. When Tom takes the Ustad and Jenny to a party given in his honor by the leaders of Bombay's society, the guru becomes upset by Tom's lack of dedication and orders him to move into his household along with his other disciples. Through the intervention of Jenny, Tom stifles his annoyance and consents to the guru's wish. Following a visit to the Ustad's music school in Benares, where Tom and Jenny meet the master's second wife, Tom's London manager, Chris, arrives and tries to persuade Tom to return to England and fulfill his commitments. But Tom has succumbed to both Jenny and the tranquil Indian atmosphere. After Tom has further angered the guru by judging a local beauty contest, resulting in a near-riot by his fans, he and Jenny join the Ustad on a visit to a music festival in Bijapur. There the Ustad calls on his own guru and is rebuked for wasting his time with the two foreigners and for ruining himself as a musician. The guru then turns his back on Jenny and Tom and does not go to see Jenny even when she becomes ill. Realizing that they will always be strangers in India, Jenny and Tom effect a reconciliation with the Ustad and return to England to marry.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 19 Apr: Feb 1969
Production Company
Arcadia Films; Merchant Ivory Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 52m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)

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Trivia

Notes

Filmed on location in Bombay, Bikaner, and Benares.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter February 1969

Released in United States Winter February 1969