Friday, January 12, 2007

Guru - Movie Review

Mani Ratnam's Iruvar chronicled the life of M.G. Ramachandran (M.G.R) but there was a clear disclaimer at the beginning saying that all similarities to real life individuals were purely coincidental. Similarly Mani Ratnam's Guru has a disclaimer up front and for me that is the biggest problem with the movie. Such a disclaimer is suitable if you feel that your movie has characters who might loosely resemble some real life person. But when your film's title character Gurukanth Desai (Abhishek Bachchan) is practically Dhirubhai Ambani except for the obvious differences in height and build, you cannot use that disclaimer. Guru is clearly inspired by the life of Dhirubhai Ambani and that should have been clearly specified when the credits rolled. To me it seems like a cop-out when you base your movie on someone and don't have the guts to say that to the viewing public. Steven Spielberg's Munich was based on events that happened in the 1972 Olympic Games. Spielberg made it clear that the movie's genre was historical fiction whilst acknowledging the main source for the movie's storyline.

I felt that the climax of the movie was pretty weak. Sure, what happened to Guru at the end of the movie might have happened to Dhirubhai Ambani, but the setup wasn't good enough for me. Guru's speech in the climax didn't move me and I did not feel that it should have changed the mind of a Jury.

I did come out of the theater appreciating the quality of acting, the pace of the movie (it was three hours long but I wasn't bored) and the directorial effort by Mani. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai turned in inspired performances. I had known pretty much nothing about Ambani's life when I walked into the theater and that definitely made a difference because this was a good movie and I was able to enjoy it. But when I found out that every single thing that happened in the movie was right out of Ambani's life, it just left me disappointed that one of India's best directors failed to acknowledge that his story was not original.

My Verdict: 6/10


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Juggernought said...

Haven't seen Guru yet..but the music makes up for everything right?:D

Niyantha said...

Well the music isnt used too well in the movie, i mean they are all really good songs but it wasnt integrated well into the movie

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