The Guru (1969 film)

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The Guru
The Guru.jpg
Film poster
Directed by James Ivory
Produced by Ismail Merchant
Written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
James Ivory
Starring Rita Tushingham
Michael York
Utpal Dutt
Madhur Jaffrey
Barry Foster
Aparna Sen
Zohra Sehgal
Dina Pathak
Saeed Jaffrey
Music by Ustad Vilayat Khan
Cinematography Subrata Mitra
Edited by Prabhakar Supare
Humphrey Dixon (assistant)
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
10 February 1969
Running time
112 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $970,000[1]

The Guru is a 1969 film by Merchant Ivory Productions, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and James Ivory.

Plot synopsis[edit]

A rock star, Tom Pickle (Michael York), travels to India to learn to play the sitar with the great musician Ustad Zafar Khan (as George Harrison did when he studied under Ravi Shankar). Khan (Utpal Dutt) is not happy with his disciple but still takes him to Benares to meet his own guru.


  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p256

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