Guru, The (2002) - Synopsis
A young Indian dance teacher with the best moves in Delhi embarks for New York City in pursuit of fame and fortune - only to wind up working as a waiter in an Indian restaurant. But good fortune can arise from strange places as our hero, Ramu Gupta (Jimi Mistry), 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.
An exuberantly comic tale of clashing cultures from Universal Pictures and Working Title Films, The Guru stars Heather Graham (Austin Powers II: The Spy Who Shagged Me), 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). Daisy von Scherler Mayer (Party Girl, Madeline) directs from a screenplay by Tracey Jackson. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Michael London are the film's producers; Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) is the executive producer, along with Liza Chasin and Debra Hayward.