Guru is supposed to be based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani, a rags to riches story. Abhishek ‘small b’ plays Gurukanth Desai or Gurubhai (get it?) and the story shows how he goes from working in Turkey to building his own business, which eventually he built to an empire.

Aishwarya was surprisingly good in her role as Guru’s wife but the sameness of her figure over time and beauty were unreal, certainly not village-like. I didn’t think that Abhishek was all that great in the lead role but that’s just me. While Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN said in his review that he got the mannerisms right, I wasn’t convinced. You know he’s an actor, you know you’re watching a movie, but you don’t want to be reminded all the time, you know?

The use of songs was mostly disruptive, especially the Mallika Sherawat item number right in the beginning. I understand that you need songs but don’t disrupt the flow of the movie.

Also, the second half sagged quite a bit and the ending was tame. The background music was good, but the camera work, and the sets were superb. The movie was surprisingly funny in parts and though it was watchable, it’s not a memorable Mani Ratnam movie. How can you even compare the brilliance of Nayakan to Guru?

Maybe you shouldn’t, but you can’t help it.


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