Only a guru could have predicted the fate awaiting Ramu Gupta (Jimi Mistry), a young Indian dance teacher with the best moves in Delhi. Mesmerized by a friend's promise of a New York penthouse and a red Mercedes, India's Tony Manero gives up the comforts of home to become a star in America. But the road to fame in New York is no magic carpet ride and Ramu winds up in a crowded Queens walk-up apartment, waiting tables at an Indian restaurant and scrambling for any audition that comes along.
Still, good fortune can arise from strange places as Ramu discovers when a catering gig at a ditzy socialite's (Marisa Tomei) birthday party catapults him into an extravagant version of the American dream. Mistaken for a spiritual healer, Ramu becomes an overnight celebrity with the city's elite hanging onto his every word - no matter how absurd. The trouble is, he's also falling in love with the one woman (Heather Graham) who knows the real source of his seemingly profound insights and Ramu must choose between his newfound notoriety and his love for a woman who accepts him as he is.
Bollywood meets Hollywood in The Guru, an exuberantly comic tale of culture clash from Universal Pictures and Working Title Films. The Guru stars Heather Graham (From Hell), Marisa Tomei (In the Bedroom), Jimi Mistry (East is East), Christine Baranski (Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas) and Michael McKean (Best in Show), as well as Dash Mihok (The Perfect Storm) and Malachy McCourt (Green Card).
Daisy von Scherler Mayer (Party Girl, Madeline) directed The Guru from a screenplay by Tracey Jackson. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Michael London produced the film. Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth), Liza Chasin and Debra Hayward are the executive producers.
Von Scherler Mayer's behind-the-camera team includes director of photography John de Borman (The Full Monty), production designer Robin Standefer (Zoolander), editors Cara Silverman (The Best Man) and Bruce Green (The Princess Diaries), costume designer Michael Clancy (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), choreographer Mary Ann Kellogg (Clueless) and composer David Carbonara (Spanking the Monkey).