The Guru

35mm Studio Vault Print

  • Headshot of James Ivory
    In Person

Uptal Butt, Madhur Jaffrey, Rita Tushingham, Michael York,

James Ivory called The Guru “the most unseen and most mysterious of our movies . . . Merchant Ivory’s version of a sixties trip.” The film is centered around a sitar virtuoso (Uptal Butt) whose life is disrupted when he accepts an English pop star (Michael York) as a pupil and is simultaneously sought out by an exuberant young Englishwoman (Rita Tushingham) who decides to devote herself to him and his music. A gentle spoof on the Western fascination with the music and culture of India and the foibles of the flocks of seekers that descended on the country in the 1960s.

  • James Ivory
  • Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • Subrata Mitra
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 112 mins
  • 20th Century Fox/Criterion