I watched Guru yesterday (dont ask me in which theatre :P ) and was quite impressed. Inspite of PK's post reassuring its nothing like 'Iruvar' , I was quite apprehensive. But the movie could hold our attention throughout although it was a long one..!
// Here too, Mani delivers a decent film which does not insult the intelligence of the movie goer.// PK has aptly said this....there are few movies that do not irritate you..I feel 98% of the regional movies are out to irritate and make a fool of you. But you need to give Mani credit for the respect he has for his audience.
There are a few things in the movie that bothers you , though.. every frame and every little move of Abhishek reminds us of 'Nayakan'....Mani shd have known its too early to repeat the same style . Coming to Madhavan...he pales in Abhishek's presence..makes you wonder if it is intentional . He looked insignificant and the courage displayed in his dialogues do not reflect in his face.
Parinita girl...what's her name..not sure..is such a waste of screen-time and an absolute add-on for the sake of distributors. There was a time when ppl like us enjoyed even the item songs in Mani's movies..unlike the usual Tamil and Telugu items...but this one did'nt give importance to choreography or dress-sense(!)....maybe it was meant to be so ! He could have done better esp since the setting was Turkey ! About Aishwarya..the less said the better! Could'nt recognise Mithun until I read PK's post again ! (I felt he was looking familiar ).
Unlike 'Uyira Uyire' , the editing was very good and the sequence took the audience along in a smooth flow. Like in all biographies , the movie has to have a documentary effect, but Mani has softened the effect (Why do directors like Mani do biographies....cant we be blessed with movies with good story lines from them...all while we are made to endure sub-standard movies from sub-standard directors ). The crux of the movie..the debate whether Guru flouting the law is justifiable or not ....the opinion is portrayed a la Mani style..in shades of grey ! He again succeeds in raising the question in the minds of the audience. That's another feather in his cap ! ( My views on flouting with the law as Guru did , is reserved for another post).
Overall as PK put it, " Mani should be credited with getting the best out of all these folks as only he can."
My take : 'Theatre kku poi paaka vendiya padam !'( A movie which deserves to be viewed in the theatres !)