Directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer, starring Jimi Mistry, Heather Graham, Marisa Tomei and Emil Marwa.
Having grown up in India on 'Grease' and 'Saturday Night Fever', dance teacher Ramu (Mistry) decides to pack up his acting ambitions and see if he can make it in the States like his friend Vijay (Marwa). But when Ramu touches down in New York, he discovers that Vijay's Mercedes is yellow with a 'for hire' sign, the promised penthouse apartment is an open plan sweatbox and his only hope of a job seems to be as a waiter, or the porn industry…
Seeing an ad looking for actors, Ramu unwittingly ends up playing the leading man to Heather Graham's straight to video star Sharona. But even Sharona's off camera wisdom can't help Ramu's performance and he quits, only to take her advice and reinvent himself as New York's "Guru of Sex".
Early trailers, which didn't even feature Graham, let 'The Guru' down because this is one of the better comedies of the year so far. It takes the standard, 'people trying to be something they're not' plot line and mixes it with a smart but bawdy humour that the likes of 'American Pie 2' and Cameron Diaz's upcoming 'The Sweetest Thing' could've done with a major helping of.
Mistry, who made such a big impact with his starring role in 'East is East', is perfect as Ramu, his mix of innocent and chancer the film's biggest treat. Wisely, with stars of the quality of Graham and Tomei (as the society girl who becomes Ramu's first convert) at her disposal, director Mayer spreads round that gags so that some of the funniest moments come from the supporting cast.
And while she and scriptwriter Tracy Jackson can be accused of relying too much on stereotypes and ditching satire for slush in the final half hour, it's a film whose good heart and musical numbers are much bigger than its shortcomings.
Don't be too surprised if Mistry ends up a major star after this one.