Mani Ratnam refuses to acknowledge it…so does the star-cast…Gurubhai is straight out of life of Dhirubhai… In case, these people haven’t noticed…instead of shying away from the fact…they should be proud of it.
Be it Dhirubhai’s tiff with his bro-in-law, his love-hate relationship with Goenka family and Indian Express (Mithun and his newspaper) or his odd ways of becoming successful, his political reaches, his foresight, his confidence, his smartness, his luck, his vision and his shrewed rise that is half controlling a nation’s economy… could have easily recieved a tribute in form of this well-made movie…but well.. makers are shrugging it off… let it be…
I would look at it just as a work of fiction…not even semi-bipgraphical work…
The move oozzes confidence of the filmmaker… you so want to believe that the green-constantly rainy village is somewhere in Gujarat. But the spirit matters. The boy leaves for Istanbull in a sepia-tint cinematography and decides to start his business in Mumbai…His gradual progress from sepia-tinted screen to a full bloomed screen…the body language…the growth of the man comes out naturally… it is not forced… it is not unreal. A bad student…becoming the future of a country’s economic growth by hook-or-crook in two decades may sound unreal… but it is as fictious as life itself. Apart from Dhirubhai..there have been so many examples of people rising out of nowhere… such nowhere men have gone on to win worlds… just like Gurukant Desai..
Abhishek Bachchan plays Guru… but you forget Abhishek Bachchan from the very first frame of the movie. Someone had to get such a performance out of him. Glad it is Mani Ratnam. Aishwarya Rai’s persona is too heavy for her to play a deglam village balle… perhaps being considered a perfect beauty doesn’t let you put on the charm of imperfections…
Boy..I fell in love with Mithun… watch out for him… Madhavan is good in is half-baked roles… and Vidhya Balan is a treat as usual. Madhavan and Vidya Balan deciding to marry on the beach remains one of my favourite scene. So are the scenes of Jhula…A young dreaming Guru…and the faltering, successful, old, on the verge of paralysis Guru…both are undeniably winners.
There is no scene where you can catch Abhishek off guard. But somehow…there are plenty of factors in the movie where you can find Mani Ratnam faltering. People often complain that in Gujarat, be it Punjabi food or Chinese…everything has a Gujju flavour to it. Here Mani sir has cooked his Gujarati thali in Nariyal pani….
The music is almost like a living character in the movie… Apart from cinematic details… the soul of the movie is intact. It talks about a man’s rise which is entirely his own choice, his willingness, his sight and as Guru talks about conserving his best word for the right moment like a Baniya in the end… hope the spark of the movie Guru helps youngsters in realising that ‘best’ thing in them…and believe in it!

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