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

Director:

Mani Ratnam

Writers:

Mani Ratnam (screenplay), Vijay Krishna Acharya (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Mithun Chakraborty ... Manikdas Gupta
Abhishek Bachchan ... Gurukant Desai
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ... Sujata (as Aishwarya Rai)
Madhavan ... Shyam Saxena (as R. Madhavan)
Vidya Balan ... Meenakshi Gupta
Roshan Seth ... Thapar
Anaushka Dantra Anaushka Dantra ... 7 Year Old Baby Anaushka (as Baby Anoushka)
Mallika Sherawat ... Jhumpa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sunil Agarwal Sunil Agarwal
Murad Ali Murad Ali
Ashoi Ashoi ... (as Baby Ashoi)
Arya Babbar ... Jignesh
Arjan Bajwa ... Arzaan Contractor
Mukesh S. Bhatt ... Ram Lal (as Mukesh Bhatt)
Dhritiman Chatterjee ... Thapar Commission Member
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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

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The life of the most controversial man of the year. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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: You gave me five minutes to talk, I finished in four and half minutes, that's 30 seconds profit. PROFIT!
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Soundtracks

Ay Hairathe
Sung by Hariharan, Alka Yagnik and A.R. Rahman
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Gulzar (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar) and Amir Khusru
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A Masterpiece! What else u expect from 'Mani' ?
12 January 2007 | by suri504See all my reviews

First forget that its based on whom and what? thats not needed to see this movie. It has every thing a good movie needs to have. Casting, music ,cinematography, above all a great subject, that is still relevant.

Its a story you may or may not think is great. But its a story that was told in great way. Don't try to judge, you can't judge something practical with something that is theory.

If you want a movie that can project life-spectrum in another angle, here it is.

What I can say is DON'T MISS IT.


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

12 January 2007 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Gurukant See more »

Filming Locations:

Assam, India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$760,000, 14 January 2007

Gross USA:

$2,096,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,108,727
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Madras Talkies See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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