Jimi Mistry (“East Is East”) has signed on to play the male lead opposite Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei in “The Guru of Sex,” for director Daisy Mayer and Working Title Films.
“Sex,” a comedy based on an idea from Shekhar Kapur and written by Tracey Jackson, follows Ramu, a young man from India who comes to America in search of fame and fortune. Upon settling in New York, Ramu, through a series of mishaps, winds up becoming a guru who teaches spiritual enlightenment through sex.
Graham and Tomei play the two women involved in the guru’s life, with Graham his love interest and Tomei a woman who is instrumental in his rise to fame. Shooting is scheduled to begin April 19.
Working Title co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing the pic with Michael London for Universal; Working Title has an overall production and distribution deal with U. Kapur, who previously teamed with Working Title on “Elizabeth,” will co-produce with Working Title.
Mistry, who is repped by British agent Sue Grantley, recently starred in the relationship comedy “Born Romantic,” written and directed by David Kane. He is best known for his perf as Tariq Khan in “East Is East,” the hit British ensemble comedy about a traditional Pakistani father (Om Puri) who finds his family spinning out of cross-cultural control. Miramax released the FilmFour pic in the U.S.
Mistry also played Dr. Fred Fonseca on the hit British TV series “EastEnders.”