Mani Ratnam’s Guru starring Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwariya Rai Bachchan has completed 15 years as of today!
In the era of Shark Tank India on Sony encapturing the new generation with business ideas, Mani Ratnam’s Guru will always be the OG teacher. It was a perfect fictional story of rags to riches that goes beyond the tropes to tell a story about a man who just had a dream. Starring Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwariya Rai Bachchan in pivotal roles and co-written and directed by Mani Ratnam, the film was rumored to be a biopic of the industrial tycoon, Dhirubhai Ambani but Mani Ratnam denied all those. Released in 2007, this Indian film was the first one to have had an international premiere in Canada and in Cannes Film Festival under the world cinema section. The plot revolves around Gurukant Desai who dreams big and achieves those dreams but through corrupt ways.
The film is a journey in itself that inspires you and at the same time teaches you the reality of the world. While many parallels can be drawn between the life of Gurukant Desai and Dhirubhai Ambani, Ratnam said that the film was inspired by many people and is not a biopic. This film with its sheer brilliant craft and acting brought Indian films back into the international market big time after Lagaan. It was a critical and commercial success both at home and on an international ground as well. Guru’s music was composed by A R Rahaman and the lyrics were by Gulzar, and there’s no denying the fact that the film’s album still beats most albums today. Ay Hairathe is still the romance ballad and Mayya Mayya is still every belly dancer’s debut performance.
But apart from the brilliance of Mani Ratnam, A R Rahman, and Gulzar, it was the acting prowess of the film that made it a success even after 15 years. The perspective towards Abhishek Bachchan changed entirely after this film. Other than him it was Aishwarya Rai, Mithun Chakraborty, R. Madhavan, and Vidya Balan who were also lauded for their amazing work in the film. And kudos to Vijay Krishna Acharya to write dialogues that are still repeated to this day.
15 years ago, Mani Ratnam proved that even a fictional film about the life of a polyester manufacturer could be a really interesting business film and it still is. The film is currently streaming on Netflix.
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