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Guna (1991)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 1 November 1991 (India)
A neurodivergent individual escapes the family he despises and the asylum he is kept in by creating fantasies.


Santhana Bharathi


John E (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Kamal Haasan ... Guna
Varalakshmi S. ... Mannonmani
Rekha Rekha ... Rosy (as Rekha)
Roshini Roshini ... Roshini
R.S. Shivaji R.S. Shivaji ... The barber
Girish Karnad
Balasubramanian Balasubramanian
Kaka Radhakrishnan Kaka Radhakrishnan
Ajay Ratnam Ajay Ratnam
Pradeep Shakti Pradeep Shakti
Balasubramanyam Balasubramanyam


Guna ( Kamal Haasan ) is a mentally affected person and receives treatment in a mental asylum in Hyderabad . He does not like his father and his mother is a moll in the house that they live. He assumes a fictitious character named Abirami (also, the name of an Indian goddess) and registers in his mind that she is an angel who is going to marry him on a full-moon day. After coming out of the asylum, he believes the story to be true and believes that his Abirami is somewhere around.

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Drama | Romance


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Tamil | Telugu

Release Date:

1 November 1991 (India) See more »

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The cave where Guna hides Roshini aka Abirami is situated in between three naturally arranged imposing boulders. Due to this fact, from outside, when fog passes the cave, rises and comes out of the chimney-like opening, it appears as though a devil is cooking. For this mere reason, it was originally called as the Devil's Kitchen. Since the movie's release this almost untrespassed location, gathered popularity and has been rechristened to Guna Cave. It is currently a tourist attraction in Kodaikanal, Tamilnadu. See more »


Referenced in Manmadhan (2004) See more »

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Simple flawless movie!
10 August 2007 | by KadavulSee all my reviews

A flawless movie made in Tamil. Guna has nice twists and turns. Good pace. Strange events. The best Tamil movie recommended for non-Tamils too! Songs are great. Kanmani song was very creative, yet possible in real life. Unnai Naan Ariven was excellent in blending of diverse spots. Notice the little make up Rekha does just before entering a room for a customer – very real – attention to details! At the beginning of Paartha Vizhi – observe the sway in the queue. Songs are not just cut and paste bits. They all blended very nicely with the story flow. Guna is one of Ilayaraja's master pieces! Do we need to say anything more about the music? Just listen to all songs again and again and again….

Kamalahasan and everybody else acted wonderfully. Kamalahasan contributed much in this movie making along with director Santhana Barathi. Both deserve high appreciation. When the plot moves from the congested place somewhere in Hyderabad to hillside somewhere else, you could really feel the change of climate. When I watched this movie in a theater I almost felt like suddenly breathing fresh chill air then (may be the theater guys lowered the temperature or turned on the fans?). The handling by the police force during the climax is very real. You could expect similar things in real police adventures too.

Some may say that this movie cannot claim originality of the plot. As a matter of fact I did exactly have that same thought, what Guna had, when I was growing up – waiting for my dream girl. Many would have. It is simple common dream many boys and girls have, nothing new for a movie. But how the story portrayed makes all the difference.

This was not a hit movie, may not be appealing to everybody. However, if you watch it, with little extra attention to details and a feeling for people who are not very regular, you will really enjoy this movie.

Remember everybody is mad in this world. Mad about something or other. Among ourselves we brand only few as "mad". What kind of mad people we are!

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