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Abhishek Bachchan marks 15 years of Mani Ratnam-directed drama Guru; see post

Guru also starred Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Mithun Chakraborty in pivotal roles. 

OTTPlay Team
Jan 12, 2022
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Abhishek Bachchan in a poster for Guru | Image via Twitter

Abhishek Bachchan, who played the lead in one of the landmark films of his career Guru, recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. 

The actor shared a snippet from the film, where his character, now a portly businessman says, "Jab log tumhare khilaaf bolne lage ... samajh lo tarakki kar rahe ho (When people start criticising you, best believe that you've achieved success)."

Here is the post:

Mani Ratnam wrote the screenplay and directed the story of a man from Gujarat who has a rags to riches journey. The dialogues were written by Vijay Krishna Acharya (known for the Dhoom franchise, Tashan, Thugs of Hindostan). 

AR Rahman scored the soundtrack, while Gulzar wrote the lyrics of the songs that can only be deemed timeless. 

Guru was rumoured to be based on the journey of Indian businessman Dhirubhai Ambani, but Ratnam later refuted this claim and called the film a work of fiction.

Besides Bachchan, Guru also stars Aishwarya Rai as Sujata "Suju" Desai, Mithun Chakraborty as "Nanaji" Manik Dasgupta, Madhavan as Shyam Saxena, Vidya Balan as Meenakshi "Meenu" Saxena. 

In a 2010 press appearance, Bachchan had spoken about how Ratnam is the only filmmaker who recognised his talent. Besides Guru, he had also played an integral role in the 2004 political thriller Yuva

"I think Mani is the only one who knows my true talent. He knows it better than I know myself. He shows me what I am capable of. After I did Yuva, I could not believe it was me on the screen doing a character like Lallan. Same goes with Guru," the actor had said.

Bachchan was last seen in The Big Bull (on Disney+ Hotstar) and Bob Biswas (ZEE5). Both films were received a tepid response from both audience and critics.

Meanwhile, Guru is available to stream on Netflix.

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