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Guru (2007)

Guru2007

Guru (2007) is a 2007 Indian political thriller co-written and directed by Mani Ratnam. It stars Mithun Chakraborty, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, R. Madhavan, Vidya Balan in the leading roles. The movie also has Mallika Sherawat in a guest appearance. The score and soundtrack for the film is composed by A. R. Rahman. Similarities between Gurukant and India businessman Dhirubhai Ambani have led to speculation that Guru is based on his life. The movie was released simultaneously in Tamil as Guru and in Telugu as Gurukanth. The film was released on 12 January 2007, and premièred at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, making it the first Indian film to have a mainstream international premiere in Canada.

Plot

The start of the film is set in 1951. In a small village of Idar in Sabarkantha District North Gujarat, a young man dreams of making it big some day. His father (Rajendra Gupta), the headmaster of the village school, tells him that dreams never come true. Gurukant Desai (Abhishek Bachchan) decides to go to Turkey and enters the spice trade and then later is promoted but refuses the job because he wants to work for himself and not another man.

Manik Dasgupta a.k.a. Nanaji (Mithun Chakraborty), who publishes a newspaper Swatantra, treats Guru as his son. Guru likewise looks to him as a father figure who gives him support during his early struggling days in Bombay. He also develops a strong friendship with his granddaughter, Meenu (Vidya Balan). Meenu develops multiple sclerosis as she grows up, and begins using a wheelchair later on in the film.

As Gurukant Desai’s business grows into one of the largest in India, he ruthlessly pursues success. He smuggles in parts for his polyester mills, illegally creates goods, and manipulates stocks to make a higher profit. But when Manik Dasgupta learns that Guru’s means of success are not always honest, he, along with a reporter of his newspaper, Shyam (Madhavan), decide to expose Guru’s increasingly corrupt ways.

The stress of his battle with the newspaper causes Guru to have a stroke, and he is paralyzed on his right side. Meanwhile, Meenu (Vidya Balan), who is now married to Shyam, is slowly weakening from her illness, and eventually dies. In the end, Guru is brought before a government inquiry into his unethical actions, but he delivers a speech in front of the press that gets the government to clear him of most of the charges. He is charged with less allegations and is allowed to return to his company, and the film ends with Guru continuing to dream of the future, and even greater success for the Shakti company.

Cast

Mithun Chakraborty as Manik Dasgupta
Abhishek Bachchan as Gurukant Desai
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Sujata Desai
R. Madhavan as Shyam Saxena
Vidya Balan as Meenakshi “Meenu” Saxena
Arya Babbar as Jignesh
Roshan Seth as Judge
Mallika Sherawat as Champa

Sound Tracks

“Barso Re”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Shreya Ghoshal, Uday Mazumdar
Music Label Sony Music

“Ay Hairathe”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Hariharan, Alka Yagnik
Music Label Sony Music

“Jaage Rahe”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by A.R. Rahman, K.S. Chithra
Music Label Sony Music

“Ek Lo Ek Muft”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Bappi Lahri, K.S. Chithra
Music Label Sony Music

“Maiyya Maiyya”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Mariam Toller, Chinmayee, Keerthi
Music Label Sony Music

“Tere Bina”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by A.R. Rahman, Murtuza Khan, Chinmayee
Music Label Sony Music

“Baazi Laga”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Udit Narayan, Madhushree, Swetha Bhargavee
Music Label Sony Music

“Shauk Hai”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Souwmya Raoh
Music Label Sony Music

“Dhoom Dhamaka”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Chorus
Music Label Sony Music

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 18 May 2011

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