Review - Guru: Guru never gives up, but looks like Mani did, towards the end…
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You are not going to get good-looking people oozing with style when you set out to watch this one. On the contrary, there are some scenes in which Abhishek Bachchan (Guru) looks border-line ugly. What you will get though is some outstanding performances. True, the anti-climatic end disappoints. But, fortunately, it’s the end; you have already enjoyed two hours of an overall fine product.
In Hindi cinema, a lot of the credit goes to the director when almost all the actors give great performances. This is, arguably, one of the finest performances Abhishek Bachchan has given. Many people who were struggling in the 70s and 80s will identify with Guru’s ambitions, and how he is pulled down by most people around him. The audience grows with the character…and so does his belly. The success of many movies, in this day and age, depends a lot on “cute dimples” and “wow! What muscles!”. It takes tremendous courage for a leading star to gain so much weight and get rid of the “sexy stubble” because the character needs it. Remember that's not make-up, that is actual flab, which he will have to lose soon enough.
Mithun Chakraborty makes you wish that he had acted like this in his times. R. Mahadevan looks extremely comfortable in the shoes of a journalist and Vidya Balan moves you to tears even though her character has had just 4-5 scenes to develop. The only actor that sticks out with a mediocre performance was Aishwarya Rai. All she needed to do was to dance and look pretty. Though she looks her usual dainty self, somehow her dance had a very “1-2-3-change” feel. The very little acting she needed to do, came across as mechanical.
Guru does not have an earth-shattering story, which is what makes the movie look real. But, it does have a few glaring loopholes with gaps in the plot and thus leaves the audience with questions. E.g., the audience is not told the exact manner in which Guru succeeds. Abhishek and Aishwarya switch in and out of the Gujrati accent and the lack of continuity is obvious. Also, cinematic liberty has been taken while handling technical medical issues of certain characters. All of which could have been forgiven had the climax had impact.
It is a shame that a director of this caliber could not resist evoking the demon of melodrama in the last twenty minutes. The whole treatment of the climax looks very out-of-place and surreal. Nevertheless, the outstanding cinematography, the very believable dialogues, the foot-tapping music, and of course the outstanding performances make Guru worth a visit to the cinema halls.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Guru - Movie Details
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- Banner: Eros International
- Producer: Mani Ratnam, G. Srinivasan
- Director: Mani Ratnam
- Lead Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai
- Supporting Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, R Madhavan, Vidya Balan
- Story: Mani Ratnam
- Screenplay: Mani Ratnam
- Dialogues: Vijay Krishna Acharya, Vijay Krishna Acharya
- Cinematography: Rajiv Menon
- Editor: Sreekar Prasad
- Background Score: A R Rahman
- Action Choreography: Vikram
- Choreography: Brinda, Saroj Khan
- Music Director: A R Rahman
- Lyrics: Gulzar
- Costume Designer: Anu Parthasarathy , Ameira Punvani
- Art Direction: Sabu Cyril, Chetan Pathak
- Facebook Page: Link
- Running time: 150 minutes
- Reviewer: meeta
- Language: Hindi
- Country: India
- Genres: Romance