The Guru

Year: 2002
Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Cast: Heather Graham, Marisa Tomei, Jimi Mistry, Michael McKean

It says something about Hollywood politics – Jimi Mistry (East is East) was the lead character in the film, yet he appeared as third billing after both Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei – you can see all sorts of truths in the little details.

It also makes you wonder about Heather Graham. A porn actress in her breakout role (Boogie Nights), a starlet who'll sleep with anyone to get to the top of the movie business (Bowfinger). Felicity Shagwell (Austin Powers in The Spy Who Shagged Me) who shags very well by reputation, and now back to a porn actress again. In all her major commercial roles she's played a sexually free and easy woman of some sort.

India and New York clash as Ramu (Mistry) moves to the big apple to find his fortune as a movie star. When he gets roped into a porn studio, his costar Sharonna (Graham) helps his performance problem with her spiritual/sexual anecdotes.

After standing in for a fake swami at a party for rich socialites looking for the next spiritual fad, he becomes a star dispensing all her down-home sexual advice.

A very Hollywood road is then trod of heartbreak, realisation and redemption, complete with an orchestra of deafening clicks in the last five minutes of everything fitting perfectly and neatly into place.

Some original humour, some very well-worn premises. A few never-seen before characters and honest performances by all, particularly English/Bollywood indie star Mistry, who holds his own against New York's finest, including Marisa Tomei, who must be nearing her forties and looks as gorgeous and ageless as she ever has.

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