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Guru

Guru (2007)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
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Mani Ratnam teams with Aishwarya Rai, a woman considered by some to be the most beautiful actress of her time, in the Bollywood musical Guru. The film concerns a man, Gurukant Desai, from an average village who, starting from very modest means, attempts to build a successful business in Bombay. His troubled private life includes with his frustrated wife, Sujata, who must adjust to being in a marriage she never really wanted. He must overcome a number of personal and professional problems in

Unrated,

Art House & International, Drama

Anurag Kashyap, Mani Ratnam

Mar 13, 2007

$2.0M

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Filmmaker Mani Ratnam leavens his trademark politically charged melodrama with a smoking belly dance by sultry Mallika Sherawat and a wet-sari number for the stunning Rai.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The film is a triumph of casting: In a role that is often about the sheer steamrolling force of his character's personality, Abishek Bachchan's attention to detail makes Guru accessible rather than intimidating, admirable but also plausible.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Strongly cast, long-limbed yarn contains some of Ratnam's best stuff in its first half but script weaknesses mar the later going and film's overall impact.

January 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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There is a lot to engage the eye and the ear in Guru.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Mani Ratnam's often absorbing Guru is sort of a Bollywood Citizen Kane, a decades-spanning drama with a compelling Abhishek Bachchan as a ruthless Indian business tycoon who refuses to take no for an answer.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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It is certainly one of the best Bollywood movies you will see in 2007.

February 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
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Ratnam's absorbing screenplay ensures that Guru rises above the usual rags to riches story.

January 27, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC.com

Boasts excellent production values, enjoyable dance numbers and two charismatic turns from normally lightweight stars.

January 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Unlike most mainstream filmmakers, Ratnam doesn't try to include something for everyone, but he does deliver several handsome production numbers.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Even if you have never heard of [Dhirubhai] Ambani or know little about India and its history, you can still appreciate GURU for its terrific cast and its strong direction and script.

January 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
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An interesting movie. Great story plot. Aishwarya Rai, Vidya Balan, and Abhishek Bachchan are all great! Fascinating music by my favorite, A. Rahman.
February 22, 2008
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