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Guru, The (1969)

Michael York stars as disaffected British rock star Tom Pickle (a thinly disguised George Harrison perchance?) who travels to India looking for enlightenment, in director James Ivory’s rarely-seen portrait of the collision between cultures Ancient and Mod.

An intelligent satire on the mid-60s trend of dissatisfied western pop stars jetting in to the Indian sub-continent for a quick dose of spiritual enlightenment – coupled with tuition on an exotic Asian stringed instrument.

Rita Tushingham delivers a sublime performance as Jenny, the Mia Farrow-like waif who falls for York in between sitar sessions.

Tom Pickle
Michael York
Jenny
Rita Tushingham
Ustal Zafar Khan
Utpal Dutt
Begum Sahiba
Madhur Jaffrey
Chris
Barry Foster
Ghazala
Aparna Sen
Mastani 
Zohra Sehgal
Murad
Saeed Jaffrey
The Guru’s Guru
Nana Palsikar
Courtesan
Nadira
Girl at the Party
Leela Naidu
Lady Reporter
Usha Katrah
Howard
Fred Ohringer

Director
James Ivory