Friday, November 24, 2006

GURU- Movie Review

: Guru
Director: Maniratnam
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, R.Madhavan, Vidya
Balan, Mithun Chakraborty

Music: A.R.Rahman
: Madras Talkies

Ooh I can't wait to get typing this one!!!

The opening frame defies all Maniratnam conventions, showing a teary eyed Sujata( Aishwarya Rai) opening the door. A.R.Rahman croons "dham dara" as a perspirating Manikdas(Mithun Chakraborthy) barges in breathing profusely. Sujatha immediately closes the door shut, as the camera zooms outside their house, which by now we know isn't more than a chawl in a crowded Mumbai street.

Guru is not a movie about one great man, as many touted it to be. It is about many men..and women. And what they make out of life, and how their reactions to the actions of Guru(Abhiskek Bachchan) are. A.R.Rahman's music raised quite a few expectations from the movie, and Maniratnam lives up, rather makes us live up to his expectations of a movie-goer. Guru excels most contemporary Bollywood movies, in technique, narrative and overall presentation. It easily enters the league of Iruvar or Mouna Raagam.

The movie flashes back and forth a la Ayudha Ezhuthu ( Yuva) and makes one wonder if Maniratnam has become a big time fan of Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu ( Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel). It takes us to a teenage Gurukant Desai's Village, supposedly in Gujrat, but looks more like somewhere in Tamil Nadu. While other boys of his age indulge in cricket, movies, and girls, Guru is busy reading newspapers, especially business columns and stocks. Enter Mallika Sherawat, an actress on an outdoor shoot, in a much hyped cameo. One song later, she has befriended the drooling local boys. Fate gets Guru in a conversation with Mallika about the "big city", the money it has to give, and the fame it can bring. Guru is all set to go to Bombay.

What Mallika hasn't told Gurukanth is that to survive in this city, you need to learn to lie and to give up values your parents taught you to be good. The next half hour progresses in typical Maniratnam style, switching between Guru's( as he later comes to be respectfully known) struggle to come up, and Sujatha's solitary struggle in accepting this mercurial man as her husband. Aishwarya's acting is OK. Guru's acquaintance of Nanaji( Manikdas) and their subsequent frendship is very natural, and the director deserves a shot in the arm for ensuring a strong dialogue department, lacking in his earlier Hindi venture Dil Se.

Madhavan shows why he is called a "director's actor". As Shyam Saxena, Guru's protege initially, and later his worst rival, Maddy fits in the character to the tee. His transformation from a no-good-so-and-so to an inspired businessman to a betrayed friend leaves us wondering why this actor is not celebrated by the industry! Wheelchair bound Meenu(Vidya Balan) has a small, but integral role, as Shyam's wife and Manikdas' foster daughter. Her respect for the man she calls "Guru" remains undeterred despite her husband's rivalry with him. Only Maniratnam can create a subtle humorous tinge- and pull it off with finesse- in what are otherwise explosive scenes between Guru and Shyam. What unfolds hereafter is the rest of the movie.

Don't expect an O.Henry twist to the tale in the climax. Guru is a film that depicts life, and shows that nobody is always right or always wrong. Rather, it shows that everybody is right and everyone makes mistakes. The movie is not slow, contrary to one's general expectations of a biopic. The direction is absolute virtuso ! A.R.Rahman's music plays an important role in the movie. For those who are wondering what fate holds for Baazi Laga and Ek Lo Ek Muft, well, the former has a surprise in store.. The latter is like any other happy "bhaang" song, with all the Gujju elements, Dandiya included.

The sepia tone convinces the viewer of the period in which it is set. Rajiv Menon's work is commendable. Sabu Cyril's art direction is good, and stands out in the Tere Bina song. Sreekar Prasad, Mani's nowadays-constant editor ensures you are seated properly throughout, if not at the edge of your seat. As always, technical excellence, a strong storyline, well defined characterisation and enough commercial elements make Guru appeal to all audiences.

Overall a masterpiece from the Guru of filmdom!!!

Rating: 8.9/10


Kannathil Muthamittal:

Ayudha Ezhuthu:



Mauna Raagam: 8.9/10

PS: You are wondering how I got to see the film, and are desperate to see it yourself right? Well, I haven't seen the film yet, just practising my writing skills, so chill!

Oooh I can't wait!! :D



Blogger gomzy said...

Right.I actually read the P.S first ...whew! saved me some time :D

9:21 PM  
Blogger Coolval said...

People would have fallen for this trick if it were a week or so before the movie release.

Good try though!

6:41 AM  
Blogger Celluloid Raiders said...

That was neat! Good narrative.. I like the approach.

An ARR fanatic myself. & yes that didnt sound like Chitra in that song! for sure its a mistake.


8:49 AM  
Blogger pixels said...


I must comment about your great imagination, creating a story out of the bits and pieces of rumours. :p

7:40 PM  
Blogger vijay said...


Liar liar!


Couldn't keep myself from putting it up :D But it still seems to work.


ARR has a knack of making people sound different. Maybe it IS chitra after all! Thanks for your appreciation. BTW I'm a big time movie buff too.


Thanks mate

8:28 PM  
Blogger Suderman said...

ha ha!
i saw thru this cuz i wrote one like this for swades the day before it released.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Nirav said...

kewl one man....

ur imagination takes on the stage....and on neday..Guru will be a masterpiece...

waiting for u to write better then dis post movie relase..

5:20 AM  
Blogger Sushma said...

You're silly!! :D:D I was like how the heck did he get to watch the movie when it hasn't even been mentioned there would be a screening. Anywho!! Waiting for the movie release!

3:40 PM  
Blogger -: :Abhi: :- said...

I can see tht desperation!! hehe...Nyways Nice gng thru!! 3 mre cheers to ARR...N one for this Rite up ;)..

5:52 PM  
Blogger vijay said...



Thanks. Will def review the movie after I watch it.

Conned ya!


Yes we all are desperate isn't it!
Thanks(and 3 more cheers to ARR and poor Mani)

11:32 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home