Guru (2007)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 46 mins

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This is a contemporary biographical drama loosely based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani, a business magnate who founded Reliance Industries. A school-teacher in India sires a son named Gurukant, but is disappointed as the child fails to live up to his high expectations. When Gurukant grows up, he is unable to secure decent employment in India, so finds a way to go to Turkey, where he finds employment. When he returns back to India, he wants to start his own business, but is unable to do so, as he does not have enough money. So he does some research, gets to meet Sujata, the daughter of a wealthy man named Jignesh, and marries her. After the marriage, Gurukant finds out that Sujata has a dark past, but he ignores this - for his one motive is to be to rise in the eyes of his father - and get rich.
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Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Crew: Mani Ratnam (Director), Rajiv Menon (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Family, Musical, Romance

Release Dates: 12 Jan 2007 (India)

Tagline: The life of the most controversial man of the year.

Hindi Name: गुरु

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Did you know? The song "Ay Hairathe" is a modified version of "Ey Sharbathe Aashiqui," a classical verse composed by 13th-century poet and musician Amir Khusru. Read More
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as Gurukant Desai
as Arzaan Contractor
as Jignesh
as Anand Patekar
as Thapar Commission Member
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as Jhumpa
as Ghanshyam Bhai
as Manikdas Gupta
as Ram Lal
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as K R Menon I.A.S
as Shyam Saxena
as Kantilal Desai
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as Thapar
as Sujata's Father
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as Guru's stepmother
as Mathura Das
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as Meenakshi Gupta

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
Tracklist
Music Label: Sony Music Entertainment
01 
04:42
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Gulzar Kalra
Playback Singer: Shreya Ghoshal
02 
04:47
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Gulzar Kalra
Playback Singer: Chinmayi Sripada, Qadir Khan
03 
04:47
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Gulzar Kalra
Playback Singer: Bappi Lahiri, KS Chithra
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05:07
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Gulzar Kalra
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06:09
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Gulzar Kalra
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04:59
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06:33
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Gulzar Kalra
Playback Singer: KS Chithra
Taglines:
The life of the most controversial man of the year.
Villager. Visionary. Winner.
"Think big, think ahead and think fast."
Goofs:
Continuity
In the scene where Abhishek Bachan is addressing his first AGM in a "pandal", he is seen loosening his tie, but in the next scene his tie is fully knotted. Then again in the next scene, his tie changes length and becomes much shorter.
Trivia:
This big budget movie had its première at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto, Canada, on Thursday 11 January 2007, making it the first Indian film to have a mainstream international première in Canada

This was the third Guru in which Mithun Chakraborty acted in. He starred in the 1989 one and a Bengali film of the same title.

A.R. Rahman composed the tune for the song "Maiyya Maiyya" while on a tour in Toronto. Later, when he went for the Hajj in Mecca, he was intrigued by a man near a river who kept on saying "maiyya" ("water" in Arabic). Impressed by how Indian the word sounded, he asked lyricist Gulzar to incorporate the word into the tune. He also personally trained Lebanese singer Maryem Tollar to sing the song.

Mithun Chakraborty acted with Abhishek Bachchan for the first time. He worked with his father Amitabh Bachchan twice, in 'Ganga Jamnua Saraswati and Agneepath.

The song "Ay Hairathe" is a modified version of "Ey Sharbathe Aashiqui," a classical verse composed by 13th-century poet and musician Amir Khusru.

A.R. Rahman dedicated the song "Tere Bina" to the memory of the renowned qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

On 14 January 2007, two days after the film was released, the engagement of its lead actors, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, was announced. They were married on 20 April 2007.

Certain techniques are slowly changed within the film to mark the passing of time and the growth of Guru as an individual: - When Guru is a young man in Turkey, the camera is handheld and in perpetual motion, giving Guru and that period of his life a racy, edgy feel. As he ages, the camera movements become smoother and towards the end of the film the camera is almost stationary. - The editing closely follows the above concept: the young Guru is shown in quick cuts and as Guru grows older the editing is smoother and becomes less frequent. - Lighting also changes with the times In Turkey, direct and specular lights were initially used to capture the aura of a foreign land, thus producing a sepia-yellow phase. Then the lighting changed to the more directionless soft light seen in the early and middle 1960s. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, tube lights came into style, thus producing a dramatic cyan-green light needed for the climax.

The first Bollywood film to have its world premiere in Canada.

This is the first film to be shot at Express Estates, a 21-acre stretch of old buildings in the heart of Madras. These buildings happen to be the home of the Indian Express and Dinamani newspapers.

Composer A.R. Rahman bought an accordion while on a trip in Hong Kong. The music from this accordion can be heard throughout the film.

Inspired by the life and works of industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani.

S. Bharathi, a lawyer in real life, plays the role of a marriage registrar in the movie.

John Abraham was offered the role of Shyam Saxena but had to turn it down due to date problems.

According to his memoirs Nigel Havers auditioned for a role in the movie.

While practicing for the scene where Aishwarya rides a bicycle, her skirt got caught in the bicycle chain, losing her balance and smashing into a "No Parking" board. Aishwarya fell and had a few bruises on her hands and feet, so filming had to be suspended for a few hours while she got first aid.
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Guru (Tamil)