Guru is a 2007 Indian drama film it was directed and co-written by Mani Ratnam. It stars Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Madhavan, Vidya Balan, Arya Babbar, and Mithun Chakraborty in the leading roles. The film also has Mallika Sherawat in a guest appearance.
This film is largely based on the life of one of India’s biggest industrial tycoons, Dhirubhai Ambani, but also has elements of other stories and businessmen. The movie was trying to accomplish his dream of becoming great; this is surely a story that almost anyone can relate to
The film was released on 12 January 2007 and its première at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto, Canada, on Thursday 11 January 2007 by Roger Nair, and this was the first Indian film to have a mainstream international première in Canada. Roger Nair productions acquired the rights for Canada and held a premiere with most of the cast and crew flown to Toronto, Canada.
Guru is the story of the rise of a man from a village to become the owner of maybe the most successful business in India (a textiles manufacturer), which also benefited its mass of middle-class shareholders in an unprecedented way.
The movies won several Awards including Best Music, Best Choreography, Best playback singer female, Best Art Direction, Best Background Score and many more.
The score and soundtrack for the film was composed by A. R. Rahman. We all know what happens when Maniratnam and A R Rahman team up. Pure magic is created, The Maiya Maiya item number was completely irrelevant, music in every important scene that brings the scene to life.
Filming was took place in Mumbai, Turkey, Badami and Melkote (both in Karnataka), as well as in Chennai, Pollachi, Madurai, Chettinad region Tamil Nadu, and Athirappilly in Kerala. Most of the film was shot on the Express Estates, the former home of The Indian Express and Dinamani.
The beauty queen Aishwarya Rai has given a wonderful performance, suiting her strong character This is one of the few occasions, where her acting has done the talking & not only the looks. Mithun & Madhavan played their character with willingness to stay on the right side of things all through the movie. Vidhya Balan was also played brilliantly.
The film is said to be based closely on the story of a real person. It seems intended to inspire Indians to overcome the obstacles presented by corrupt practices, and it raises the question as to what is the appropriate response to a closed and corrupt system that forecloses legitimate opportunity.