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Guru - movie review

Cast : Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Mallika Sherawat, Madhavan, Vidya Balan

Direction: Mani Ratnam

Music: A R Rahman

Production : Mani Ratnam, G Srinivasan

It is an encore of triumph for India’s finest director on celluloid. Mani Ratnam has once again cast his magical spell on the audience. Guru has truly lived up to its hype and expectations. It is a journey into the life of Gurukanth Desai who rises from nadir to zenith. Abhishek Bachchan carries the film on his shoulders. Immaculate performance from Bachchan junior. He has lived the life of Gurukanth with aplomb.

The story begins in 1950 when a young Guru from a small village in Gujarat travels to Turkey to make a living, returns with Rs 15,000 to his village. In a situation where the presence of Rs 15000 could help him revitalize his dream of initiation of a business domain he gets into a wedlock with his friend’s sister Sujatha (Aishwarya Rai), accepting Rs 25000 as dowry.

His hard work pays rich dividends and slowly but steadily he climbs the rungs of success ladder and becomes an accomplished industrialist. Means don’t matter to Gurukanth; it is only the ends that he eyes on.
He builds his business empire through a lot of contraventions. His rise in life is dotted with illegal constructions, land acquisitions to name a few. Success lures Guru and he clings to it never renouncing it for anything.
Manik Dasgupta (Mithun Chakraborthy) publisher of the newspaper Swatantra is a very good friend of Guru. But the moment he realizes Guru’s ulterior motives, he campaigns to expose Guru with his editor friend Shyam (Madhavan). This forms the base of the story.


It is Abhishek’s movie all the way. His dexterous body language, facial contortions, perfect dialogue delivery assures the audience that no other actor could have assayed this role so perfectly. Papa Bachchan is bound to feel proud of his son. Abhishek has arrived indeed. Aishwarya Rai is as angelic as ever. The exhilarating on screen chemistry between the lead pair works to the advantage of the film.

Already a chart buster. The rapport that Mani Ratnam shares with A R Rahman has once again been emphatically proved in this film. It makes one wonder if Rahman has a special kitty for Mani alone!!! Mallika Sherawat satisfies her fans with a sizzling ‘Maiya maiya’ number. Barso Re and Tera Bina are mellifluous ones while Hariharan hypnotizes listeners with ‘hey airathe’ number. Background score screams of Rahman stamp.
Cinematography and Dialogues

Cinematography by Rajeev Menon who has transformed Tamilnadu and Kerala to appear like Northern provinces. The different shades and tones to highlight the mood of the scene are seamlessly carried out by Menon. Dialogue writer Vijay Kumar Acharya sparkles in the last half an hour of the film.


The emphasis on the character portrayal is wanting in the story line.
The reason for the misunderstanding between Guru and his brother-in-law has not clearly been conveyed. Vidya Balan and Madhavan are wasted.

In short, Guru is a film not to be missed. Worth watching…
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