Cast: Venkatesh Daggubati, Ritika Singh
Release Date: Mar 31, 2017
Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Producer: S. Sashikanth
Genre: Action, Drama, Sports
Guru movie is a official remake of Hindi movie Saala Khadoos and it is a action sports drama written and directed by Sudha Kongara Prasad and produced by S. Sashikanth while Santhosh Narayanan scored music for this movie. Victory Venkatesh playing the leading role as a boxing coach. Two professional boxers from a boxing academy, Ritika Singh and Mumtaz Sorcar, who has done films in Bengali, were signed to play the two female leads.
Story : Aditya Rao aka Aadi (Venkatesh), returns to boxing as coach after being subjected to corrupts policies of Boxing Association headed by Dev Khatri (Zakir Hussain). On the other side, Rameswari aka Ramudu (Ritika Singh) who works as a vegetable vendor, is an aggressive spitfire, living with younger sister of Lakshmi aka Lux (Mumtaz Sorcor). Aditya gets transferred from Delhi to Vishakhapatnam and he finds something special in Rumulu, he tries to train her in best way. However, Ramulu does not obey Aadi’s rules. The twist arises when the aimless Ramulu starts going against Aditya and his goal. How did Aadi convince Ramulu? How did Aadi turns a vegetable vendor into boxing champion? To get these answer, one should watch the movie on silver screen.
Performances : Venkatesh breathes life into the role of a grumpy coach with unmistakable charm. He is at his very best as the aged coach, who does anything for the sake of the sport he loves. He is so perfect in the character that it is hard to imagine any other actor as Aditya. The extremely impressive newbie Ritika Singh steals the show with a knockout performance. This is the third time that she is cast in the same character, but Ritika shows no signs of disinterest and is as good as in the original. Mumtaz Sorcar as Ritika’s sister has once again come up with commendable performance. Nasser is too good and Tanikella Bharani is effective. Zakir Hussain looks the part. Anitha Choudhary and Raghubabu are aptly cast as the parents of Ritika and Mumtaz.
Analysis : Guru is a decent sport based drama that ends on a simple and calm note. The movie is a must watch not only for them who are die-hard fans of Venkatesh but also for the sports enthusiasts and movie lovers who like good and realistic movie. The performance of Venkatesh & Ritika Singh and racy boxing matches are the major highlights. The Intense climax is plus point and the interval bang is major asset that makes the audiences carve for the second half. Guru is not a regular commercial film, but has enough to keep the audience engaged and entertained. However, films like these usually don’t appeal to the masses as they expect family sentiments and comedy from a star like Venkatesh. If they are willing to accept him as a character without bothering much about his image, Guru can hope for a long run at the ticket window besides the accolades.
Rating : 3.75/5
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