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Guru

4.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Foreign language film from India.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai
  • Directors: Mani Ratnam
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, German, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Adlabs
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 171 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OCZEC8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,887 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Guru" on IMDb

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By Brian E. Erland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 27, 2008
Format: DVD
Note: Hindi with English subtitles.

Synopsis: After a brief working experience in Istanbul young dreamer and visionary Gurukant decides he has worked long enough for the "white man" and returns to his native India to star his own business. His initial battle against widespread corruption in his Motherland is at first laudatory and inspiring but as Guru's wealth and power grow he appears to have become as bad, if not worse than the forces that once held him back. When all is finally said and done the question that the viewer is left to ponder is whether it's our responsibility to martyr ourselves in an effort to change an already flawed system or our right to work within the boundaries of that corruption in order to make a better life for ourselves and the ones we love?

Critique: Before the opening credits have disappeared from view `Guru' literally explodes on the screen with two amazingly fast paced musical numbers that will have you waiting breathlessly for what is to follow. However you will definitely be surprised to discover the story about to unfold before you is nothing like what you might have expected judging by the exhilarating, upbeat beginning.

`Guru' is an intense exploration into third world political and economic corruption as seen and experienced through the eyes of the films star Abhishek Bachchanin the role of Gurukant. Strangely enough, dispite his taking advantage of the system in place and partaking in somewhat dubious activities to succeed he is looked upon as a dreamer and visionary. This is indeed an important film and quite visionary in a manner that might go unnoticed by viewers in the West. This is a film with a message to the rest of the world. If you have any doubt about this listen carefully to Gurukant's final words.
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This is a hard one to review. For one thing I couldnt get through it and bounced between fast forwards to see if it shifted.
It depicts years from 1951 onwards with the movie quality of the day for effect. So the film texture and colour emulates the old and there are lots of little breaks in movement if someone is running for instance. They really achieved the look of the times but I found it alienated me fro the emotion presented. I'm not an arthouse fan but filmies may well find a lot to like in this movie.
It is a sociopolitical piece that has a realistic, almost documentary feel about it. There was one review up when I wrote this and I refer you there for more of the plot. Unfortunately I didn't get to the bit about India riding on the coattails of the West. That may well be so and I as a Westerner support them finding their own way differently. However the early bit showed more that their own corruption and egos may be as much, if not more, of a challenge in turning things around. Not that they are the only country with those challenges!
Abhishek does what may be his best work to date in the movie and the tenderness and chemistry between be and Aishwarya are palpable.
Unfortunately the subtitles were unusually a problem. The grasp of English wasn't as good as Indians usually have it. Many of the subtitles made no sense, substitutes vaguely similar looking words like 'league' for 'luggage' so often I was working hard to decipher what was being said rather than absorbing the movie.
I found one or two memorable songs but it's not really a song and dance movie. The dances are more traditional in style (in keeping with the era depicted).
So I didn't relate nor find it powerful as advertised (but would have liked to as it is obviously well executed in many ways).
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Guru (2007) (Hindi Film / Bollywood Movie / Indian Cinema DVD)When one believes in himself and others who believe in you as well you can accomplish many things. To strick out on your own and not work for someone else after a while takes courage. There were odds against him and serious challenges confronted by main character. He dug deep and did not give up and fulfilled his dream. This movie I will watch many times more than happy I purchased it.
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Interesting, good actors but the script is somewhat poor and the transitions and connections of facts confusing and badly managed. The director is not strong and skillful enough for the quality of the actors.
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One of the finest ever Indian movies, with superb performances by Abishek Bachchan, his future wife Aishwarya Rai, and above all the great Mithun Chakraborty. You will not be the only one to want to watch it all over again. Crying is optional.
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First forget that its based on whom and what? thats not needed to see this movie. It has every thing a good movie needs to have. Casting, music ,cinematography, above all a great subject, that is still relevant.

Its a story you may or may not think is great. But its a story that was told in great way. Don't try to judge, you can't judge something practical with something that is theory.

If you want a movie that can project life-spectrum in another angle, here it is.

What I can say is DON'T MISS IT.
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