Guru, The (2002)

Date: 2002
Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Production Company: Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Working Title Films

Stars: Jimi Mistry, Heather Graham, Marisa Tomei, Michael McKean, Christine Baranski
Location(s): Delhi (India), New York (USA)

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Storyline:

Bored with Bollywood movies but fascinated with their Hollywood counterparts seen in his youth, a young man yearns to become a singer and actor in America, the country where dreams are made.

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After taking his last class at the Shanti Dance School, Ramu Gupta (Jimi Mistry) gets onto his scooter. Outside businesses in C Block on Middle Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi, India. Identified with help from Riyaz Kashmirinn of Delhi Tourism & Services.

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The same location fifteen years on. (PW)

The dance instructor rides away to prepare for his journey to America. This is Middle Circle looking towards the intersection of Radial Road 4 in CP, New Delhi with the Plaza cinema in the right background. Found with help from Riyaz Kashmirinn.

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Facing the Plaza cinema in H Block from Middle Circle. (PW)

This is Radial Road 7, CP with E Block filling the background and buildings on Rajiv Chowk in the left distance. Sequences for many films have been shot in the area including 'Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi', '3 Idiots', 'Rockstar' and 'Ahista Ahista'.

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The area was redeveloped in the mid 2000s when construction of the Delhi Metro took place and the trees of Central Park can now be seen in the left background. (PW)

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Our hero joins the never ending flow of traffic. This appears to be one of the radial roads heading outward from from Indira Chowk, also known as Connaught Circus.

Ramu heads out of the city. This is looking from the city's Connaught Circus with a Rajdhani Express train passing over Minto Bridge on Minto Road, New Delhi in Delhi, India.

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Taken from a distance because of the traffic, this is the same location with a more modern Rajdhani Express crossing the bridge. (PW)

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A parade of elephants is encountered before reaching the suburbs. Riyaz Kashmirinn advises that this is likely to be somewhere in Old Delhi.

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After bidding farewell to his family, neighbours wave as Ramu’s taxi takes him to the airport.

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As the bus carries Ramu from the airport he gets his first sight of New York. The bus is travelling on the exit road from the Queensboro Bridge, seen to the right, above 13th Street in Long Island City, New York 11101.

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Vijay Rao (Emil Marwa) meets his friend Ramu off the bus. The George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal in New York.

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When he’s led to a yellow cab Ramu asks where the Mercedes is. In the background George Washington Bridge spans the Hudson River between New York City and New Jersey.

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Vijay’s tells Ramu that he wouldn’t have come if he’d told the truth about the apartment. Looking towards 117th Street and the elevated railway over Jamaica Avenue in Queens, New York 11418.

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Ramu looks up at the building where the promised penthouse should have been. The former cinema and bingo hall stands on Hillside Avenue in Richmond Hill, Queens.

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Not long after getting him a job as a waiter, Vijay talks with Ramu outside the restaurant from where he has just been fired.

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Spotting a newspaper advertisement, Ramu sets out to get a job as an actor. The Playpen Theater on 8th Avenue in New York 10036. The building has been replaced.

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Having been unwittingly interviewed for a part in a porn film, Ramu is told that he could be a big star. Looking southward on 8th Avenue.

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Outside the theatre after a shoot, Ramu watches his co-star Sharonna Lynell (Heather Graham) as she hails a cab.

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After dodging into a gateway, Sharonna appears running towards fireman Rusty McGee (Dash Mihok) who’s just been dropped off outside a school.

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Excuses are made for her tardiness before the two walk away hand in hand.

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As evening falls, Ramu crosses the road towards the venue where his ex-employer is catering at a dinner party. This is 5th Avenue with the Metropolitan Museum Of Art to the right.

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At the main entrance, the Greeter tells him that the service entrance is downstairs. The Marymount School, 5th Avenue in Manhattan's Upper East Side.

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When Ramu becomes a hit after playing a Swami at the party, he tells Vijay that a woman he met called Lexi has named him the Guru of Sex. Looking south-west along Jamaica Avenue.

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Vijay is told that Lexi thinks Ramu can become famous. The intersection of Jamaica Avenue and 116th Street in Queens.

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Ramu follows Sharonna after the two finish work on another film. The former entrance to 42nd Street / Port Authority Bus Terminal subway station on West 44th Street which has since been incorporated into the Intercontinental New York Times Square Hotel.

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The two board a waiting subway train and Sharonna explains that she has a normal boyfriend and she is earning money from film work to pay for her house and wedding.

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Next day Rama leaves a grocery store on his way to visit Sharonna. St. Nicholas Place, New York 10032.

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Rama looks up at the apartment block where the porn actress lives. St. Nicholas Place, Manhattan.

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Pausing at the front entrance, Rama enters the building to hear that Sharonna’s boyfriend doesn’t know about her X-rated job. Looking north-east on St. Nicholas Place in Hamilton Heights.

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On the roof of the apartment Rama tells Vijay, Sanjiv (Ajay Naidu) and Amit (Charles Singh) that he has earned $2000 from passing on wisdom to his clients as the Sex Guru.

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Wearing his costume under an overcoat, Ramu follows a suspicious Lexi (Marisa Tomei) after a meeting with high profile agent Josh Goldstein.

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Lexi is disappointment to have been left out of an unknown part of the Sex Guru's life.

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Ramu walks away leaving Lexi on the sidewalk.

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The Bergdorf Goodman where Rama, Vijay, Sanjiv and Amit arrive to get kitted out in the latest fashions. The East 58th Street aspect of the 5th Avenue high end fashion store.

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The four appear at the entrance after their expedition. East 58th Street, New York 10019.

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Women stop to stare at the well dressed dudes. Crossing East 58th Street with 5th Avenue to the right.

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Walking with Sharonna, Ramu talks about missing his family in India. This is Central Park and in the right distance stands the twin towers of The San Remo on Central Park West, New York 10023.

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As the pair take a seat, the adult film star opens up about her life. In the background, Bow Bridge crosses The Lake in Central Park, Manhattan.

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Sharonna walks away after kissing Ramu.

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Pondering Sharonna's thoughts about what he is doing, Ramu also leaves the park.

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A screen in Times Square shows Ramu as the Guru of Sex. The square lies at the intersection of several roads including 7th Avenue, Broadway, West 47th Street, West 46th Street and West 45th Street.

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Taking her leave from dinner with Rusty, his parents and Father Flannigan after being recognised from her films by two restaurant customers, Sharonna finds Ramu. Time Square, New York 10036.

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As their wedding day approaches, Rusty tells Sharonna about the great house from which they'll never have to move.

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Listening to her fiancé, Sharona appears unsure.

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A stretched limo brings Ramu to the block where he and his friends have taken an apartment.

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Vijay drives Ramu to the studio where he is to appear on the Sally Jessy Raphael television show.

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In a limo outside the church where his is to be wed, Rusty calls the show and seeks advice from the Guru of Sex because he doesn't really love his bride. The Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bay Ridge, New York.

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Ramu is driven at speed to find Sharonna at the church.

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The car leaves the Park Avenue Tunnel. Facing north on Park Avenue in 10016 with Grand Central Terminal and the MetLife Building in the distance.

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Vijay drives as fast as he can to get his friend to the wedding venue.

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Arriving during the ceremony, Ramu rushes inside the church. The Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

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Having halted the wedding, Ramu leaves the church with Sharonna. The steps to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church on 4th Avenue in Brooklyn 11209.

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The film ends in true Bollywood style with everyone dancing as Ramu and Sharonna drive away. Looking northward on 4th Avenue.

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The camera pulls back to reveal the dancers. The intersection of 4th Avenue and Ovington Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

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