Movie Review: Guru
Cast: Venkatesh, Rithika Singh, Mumtaz Sorcar, Zakir Hussain, Tanikella Bharani, Raghu Babu, Anitha Chowdary and Others.
Music: Santhosh Narayanan
Screenplay: Sudha Kongara-Sunanda-Madhavan
Story-Direction: Sudha Kongara
Release Date: 31st March 2017
Venkatesh is the most luckiest among Tollywood Heroes when it comes to Remakes. He have more hits to his credit than any other star in this aspect. So, People were eagerly waiting for 'Guru' to hit the screens since they watched his complete transformation in the trailer and promo songs. This sports-based flick released Today amidst good expectations. What could it offer?
Aditya (Venkatesh), a boxing coach, faces many hardships because of his straight forward approach and short temper. He gets transferred from Delhi to Vizag because of the politics in the Boxing Association. One fine day, Aditya spots the hidden talent in slum girl Ramudu (Rithika Singh) and begins the training sessions with her. Things get complicated when Ramudu irritates Aditya with her aimless attitude. What happens next is how the Coach moulds the Slum Girl and make her a Boxing Champ.
Not an exaggeration to say, Venkatesh has given his career-best performance in 'Guru'. Even those people who watched the original 'Saala Khadoos' will appreciate Daggubati Hero for the kind of transformation he has gone through. And the ones who hadn't seen the original would be mesmerized with Venky's performance. Particularly, He is marvelous in the scenes depicting his aggression. His facial expressions during the pre-interval sequence are praise worthy.
Audience can't imagine anyone else in the role of Rithika Singh after watching 'Guru'. Such is the impact she creates as a wannabe Boxer. Being a professional boxer and martial arts training helped her to get into the skin of the character. It was her performance which makes the audience realize how the life of a boxer is going to be like. However, Dubbing offered for Rithika's role could have been better.
Mumtaz does a fine job as Lux. Zakir Hussain is first rate in the negative role. Nasser is very impressive. Tanikella, Raghu Babu and Anitha Chowdary are alright.
Rithika Singh's Performance
Pace of the Movie
Music composed by Santhosh Narayana is an asset for 'Guru'. 'Jingidi Jingidi' & 'Oye Sakkanoda' were instant hits. Background Score has elevated the scenes to a great extent. Cinematographer Shaktivelu does a brilliant job, especially during the Boxing Matches. Dialogues penned by Harshavardhan are just perfect. Production Values are appreciable. Director Sudha Kongara deserves a standing ovation for the way she presented this sports-based flick. She succeeded in moving the audience emotionally and inspiring them. It's a big surprise to know someone who directed a film like 'Andhra Andagadu' in the past wielded megaphone for 'Guru'. Not many of the Women Directors were able to deliver such an impactful film till date.
In Tollywood, We hardly get to see Sports-based Films dealt with in a realistic manner. 'Ashwini' (1991) is the last such attempt in TFI. After 26 Years, Yet another film which depicts the life of a sportsperson and how crucial the role of a coach would be in moulding his student into a champion player arrives. 'Guru' shows from where great stories come from...the society itself!
The biggest success of 'Guru' is the fact that Audience relate to the characters of Aditya (Venky) and Ramudu (Rithika Singh). This movie is about the transformation of a Slum Girl into a Boxer, Relationship between a Coach & Player, Politics in Boxing Association and How one could emerge as a Champion with proper guidance & determination.
Director Sudha Kongara has done extensive research and that's quite visible on the screen. She balanced all the aspects quite well in this emotional subject. Audience will learn many unknown aspects related with Boxing with this movie. You could find neither larger-than-life characters nor commercial touch in 'Guru'. That's why Audience find it very refreshing from start to end.
Combination scenes of Venky & Rithika Singh are very interesting. Interval Bang is one of the high points in the movie. In the Second Half, There is a bit of lag and audience wait for Venky to take the lead again. It was only after his re-entry, The momentum picks up and helps the film end on a positive note. Pre-Climax and Climax are high on emotions. Sequence between Venky & Rithika after the bout stood as a major highlight. Makers succeeded in re-creating the feel and emotion that's seen in the Original. 'Guru' mayn't appeal for all sections of audience due to lack of commercial elements and entertainment. But, It's a kind of film which does pretty well in all the A Centres and Multiplexes.
Bottom Line: The Best Sports-based Flick in TFI!