Cinema: Bum Dharma

The Guide is based on a small, sensitive novel by Indian Author R. K. Narayan. In this gross adaptation, filmed in India, Writer Pearl S. Buck and U.S. Director Tad Danielewski leap to their tasks like Yankee traders setting up a souvenir stand in front of the Taj Mahal. What they are peddling are ersatz views of modern India.

Indian Matinee Idol Dev Anand plays a guide ensnared by a wealthy client's wife, Rosie (Waheeda Rehman), who is an accomplished snake dancer. He becomes Rosie's manager, and after her debut at a local high school, fame and fortune are theirs. The guide...

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