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Mani Ratnam teams with Aishwarya Rai, a woman considered by some to be the most beautiful actress of her time, in the Bollywood musical Guru. The film concerns a man, Gurukant Desai, from an average village who, starting from very modest means, attempts to build a successful business in Bombay. His troubled private life includes with his frustrated wife, Sujata, who must adjust to being in a marriage she never really wanted. He must overcome a number of personal and professional problems in order to fulfill his ambitious dreams of success. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Filmmaker Mani Ratnam leavens his trademark politically charged melodrama with a smoking belly dance by sultry Mallika Sherawat and a wet-sari number for the stunning Rai."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Time Out New York
"There is a lot to engage the eye and the ear in Guru."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"Ratnam's absorbing screenplay ensures that Guru rises above the usual rags to riches story."
‑ Jaspreet Pandohar,
"Even if you have never heard of [Dhirubhai] Ambani or know little about India and its history, you can still appreciate GURU for its terrific cast and its strong direction and script."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"The film is a triumph of casting: In a role that is often about the sheer steamrolling force of his character's personality, Abishek Bachchan's attention to detail makes Guru accessible rather than intimidating, admirable but also plausible."
‑ David Chute, L.A. Weekly
"Mani Ratnam's often absorbing Guru is sort of a Bollywood Citizen Kane, a decades-spanning drama with a compelling Abhishek Bachchan as a ruthless Indian business tycoon who refuses to take no for an answer."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Boasts excellent production values, enjoyable dance numbers and two charismatic turns from normally lightweight stars."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"Strongly cast, long-limbed yarn contains some of Ratnam's best stuff in its first half but script weaknesses mar the later going and film's overall impact."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"It is certainly one of the best Bollywood movies you will see in 2007."
‑ Anil Sinanan, Times [UK]
"Unlike most mainstream filmmakers, Ratnam doesn't try to include something for everyone, but he does deliver several handsome production numbers."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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