A villager, Gurukant Desai, arrives in Bombay 1958, and rises from its streets to become the GURU, the biggest tycoon in Indian history.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
Top Rated Indian Movies #143 | 11 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two best friends being convinced that they are not in love search for each other's love.

Director: Abbas Tyrewala
Stars: Imran Khan, Genelia D'Souza, Manjari Phadnis
Rock On!! (2008)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Four friends reunite to relive their moments of glory as a rock band.

Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Stars: Arjun Rampal, Farhan Akhtar, Luke Kenny
Vicky Donor (2012)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A man is brought in by an infertility doctor to supply him with his sperm, where he becomes the biggest sperm donor for his clinic.

Director: Shoojit Sircar
Stars: Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Annu Kapoor
Raajneeti (2010)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When the American-educated scion of a powerful Indian family returns to the subcontinent, his first taste of power starts him down a corrupt path.

Director: Prakash Jha
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Arjun Rampal, Nana Patekar
Wake Up Sid (2009)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A spoiled young adult living in Mumbai experiences a change in his lazy ways when he meets a woman at a party, who inspires him to "wake up".

Director: Ayan Mukherjee
Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, Supriya Pathak
Kai po che! (2013)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Three friends growing up in India at the turn of the millennium set out to open a training academy to produce the country's next cricket stars.

Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Stars: Amit Sadh, Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajkummar Rao
Sarkar (2005)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The authority of a man, who runs a parallel government in Mumbai, is challenged. His son rises to face his enemies.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Kay Kay Menon
Yuva (2004)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Michael, Arjun and Lallan, three men from three different stratas of society, cross paths one morning in Calcutta and change one another's lives forever.

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji
Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodha.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonu Sood
Lakshya (2004)
War | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An aimless, jobless, irresponsible grown man joins the army and matures into a battlefield hero.

Director: Farhan Akhtar
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta
Omkara (2006)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Shakespeare's masterpiece "Othello" set in modern India. A politically-minded enforcer's misguided trust in his lieutenant leads him to suspect his wife of infidelity.

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan
Jab We Met (2007)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A depressed wealthy businessman finds his life changing after he meets a spunky and care-free young woman.

Director: Imtiaz Ali
Stars: Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Tarun Arora
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Manikdas Gupta
...
Gurukant Desai
...
Sujata (as Aishwarya Rai)
...
Shyam Saxena (as R. Madhavan)
...
Meenakshi Gupta
...
Thapar
...
Jhumpa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sunil Agarwal
Murad Ali
Anoushka ...
(as Baby Anoushka)
Ashoi ...
(as Baby Ashoi)
...
Jignesh
...
Arzaan Contractor
Mukesh Bhatt ...
Ram Lal
Dhritiman Chatterjee ...
Thapar Commission Member
Edit

Storyline

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. Written by Carrie

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

"Think big, think ahead and think fast." See more »


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 January 2007 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Gurukant  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

INR 150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£156,951 (UK) (12 January 2007)

Gross:

$2,087,000 (USA) (16 February 2007)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Gurukant Desai: Do you want to be India's largest company?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Housefull 3 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Baazi Laga
Sung by Udit Narayan, Madhushree, Shweta Pandit and Bhargavi Pillai
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Gulzar (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A perfect example of gripping storytelling and impeccable characterisation
12 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just returned from the theatres, now that I am home I feel genuinely very happy that Guru Kanth Desai is still going strong. I am also completely confident he will make Shakthi Corporation the biggest company in the world...by now you must be wondering what I am talking about, this is how many viewers would feel after coming out of watching Maniratnam's Guru.

First of all let me start by mentioning Abhishek Bachan's role, as this is the role that Guru is built upon. If there ever was a movie where one actor dominated so completely I would only compare Kamal Hassan in Nayakudu/Nayakan. Abhishek should be very proud of what he has accomplished in Guru, it is something that some actors haven't or will not achieve in a life time. He is impeccable for the hardest of critic to comment. His histrionics are brilliant and the way he lost and gained weight during different parts of the movie demonstrate how serious Maniratnam and Abhishek were in making this movie. Keep the awards ready please...Abhishek Bachan has his name stamped on them.

The story is quite simple; it is the narration and the characterisation that makes this movie so unique and interesting. it's about a common mans journey to build India's largest company with the help of its share holders by whatever means possible. In Guru, Guru Kanth Desai is not portrayed as an invincible man rather he is played as a very good business man who can talk and do right things at the right time. The narration of the story is so tight you never flinch. (This applies only to serious movie watchers, not the ones who cannot do without masala and comedy in a film) Maniratnam is one the best story tellers in our country if not the best, and he does that perfectly again. This will rate as one of the best works of Maniratnam; I would take the liberty of putting this Under Nayakudu/Nayakan which rates first on my list of Maniratnam movies.

The music is by A R Rahman, we all know what happens when Maniratnam and A R Rahman team up. Pure magic is created. More than the songs of Guru, the background score impressed me. It is the music in every important scene that brings the scene to life. Rahman is amazing and like Rang De Basanti the songs just blend into the movie. Not to mention Mayya Mayya and Barso re Megha in the first 20 minutes of the movie brighten up the whole theatre.

A word of mention...

Aishwarya Rai has a very strong role in Guru; strong roles are very scarce in Bollywood these days...especially for female artists. Aishwarya stays with Guru throughout the movie and stays on the top of Bollywood by doing that brilliantly.

Mithun & Madhavan are the adamant characters that fight for the right, when I say adamant they really are in the movie and you feel their willingness to stay on the right side of things all through the movie. All the other supporting roles including Vidhya Balan are brilliantly enacted. There is no character that was underplayed or wasn't justified.

Where does this leave us...? Maniratnam has made a wonderful movie full of strong characters, great screen play, brilliant music and marvellous photography by Rajiv Menon. He needs to be commended for this effort. It is no wonder he takes two years to make out one movie, Guru was worth waiting for...so here I am already waiting for his next


59 of 79 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Inspired by The Aviator digitally1
8 REASONS why Guru is an obsessive, cliched, non creative film infinityToHeaven
What does Guru say to the minister for the petroleum contract? EyeAmDeeBee
Other Bollywood recommendations? xkenjisanx
wht the hell?? neerajbhatia
remake?? Alpie
Discuss Guru (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?