Guru - The Review

What a year 2006 was for a Hindi movie fan. RDB, Lage Raho, Kabul Express, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Pyar ke Side Effects, and my favorite by far, Omkara just to name a few. Mind you, these are movies that i loved, and not just commercial successes. And if u're an industry insider add KANK, Fanaa and a few others to the success list....After a dismal 2005, 2006 was a great treat for hindi movie buffs worldwide. And the first major release of 2007 has left me begging for more. GURU promised a great deal and boy did it deliver. A stellar performance by the lead actors, a great storyline, excellent visuals and a mind-blasting soundtrack raises the bar for the industry. I cant wait for the other releases of the year, Guru has set the standard. I can only hope the others will catch up, and i cant wait for the movie that will actually better it !!!

But down to the point. No plot spoilers here, since the entire plot has been dissected by the media anyway. Yes, apart from what u read in the papers, there is nothing else in the movie. One mans rise to fame, a cursory enmity, some roadblocks, happy ending. End of story. But the absolute mastery with which the story has been told is what raises this movie from the average one-man-on-a-mission to something far far better. That and Abhishek Bacchhan. ( How the hell do u spell Bachchan anyways ??? think about it )

The man has delivered a performance, that people will remember long after they've forgotten all about the movie. In what is one of the best compliments i can pay him , he reminded me of his father word-to word , action-to-action at least on 3 occasions in the movie and few can better that. He does not play Guru bhai, he becomes the man. And Mani Ratnam seems to have this unique way of getting out the best in him. Remember the power-packed performance in Yuva ? Hope to see much more of the mani ratnam- Jr B collaborations in the future. The man has a presence on the screen, never mind the drooping shoulders , the mis-shapen butt ( so my girlfriend tells me) or the occasional forced gesture where he forces himself too hard. If he could only deliver such a performance more often, he would be right up my list of favorite actors, just a shade below Mithunda. If not for anything else , go watch the movie just for him... Believe me, it'll be worth the money.

Aayyeee saala, Mithun in the movie is a blast. Right from the very first time when he appears on the screen ( and as a mithun-bhakt i am ashamed to say this but for the first 4.69 seconds i could not recognize him) he is the only one who even remotely comes close to Jr.B's tour-de-force...but dont listen to me, i'm very very biased towards go watch the movie yourself...but seriously someone needs to give this man more roles befitting his status.. This though was a role built for him...a bengali socialist...and someone else gets the role ??? there'd have been effigies burnt in calcutta..My only complaint was that he should have been given a bigger role...Accha laga,Bahut accha laga.

A very pleasant surprise in the movie was Aishwarya Bachchachhhchan nee Rai.....She can act , by god can she act...( I know , even i thought she can only do it once in a gazillion movies , and tht was in HDDCS, but u know what people...she really does do well in the movie.) Except in the songs, where she dances like a scarecrow on stilts, shes given an exceptional performance ( by her standards that is). In fact, i feel one of the benchmark moments of the movie was when she and AB are swinging in the swing ( i know, my idioms suck)..and she tells him " Main moti nahin banoongi". What conviction!!!!

Madhavan and Vidya Balan's plot is nice..a nice breakaway from the monotony of watching Guru conquer all, but really they dont have much to do in this movie. The last few moments are expected , nothing to look forward to, but its handled really well.

I watch like 5 movies in a year, and only if i get exceptional reviews from all...And I am very very glad i took the time to watch this one.

P.S. : My girlfriend arrived 10 minutes late for the movie and hence no mention of Mallika in the review...can someone upload the song on youtube or google videos please ???

Working Environment & UnRelated Stuff.

Imagine this scenario : Professors keeping an eye out for who is going out with whom, rampant partiality, not a semblance of professionalism, the "good students" favored over the "troublemakers" over and over again, sly remarks about one's behaviour,peons behaving as if they own you, and complaints against them get you rules passed that actually favor them, teachers having no idea about the subject they teach and actually shooting down intelligent questions as a ploy to disturb the class. Ah, those good old school days right ?

Wrong, i am describing the scenario at a once-premier engineering college's biomedical department. This college, which once used to be counted amongst the city's best, is sadly deteriorting. Although the evidence of that appears everywhere, a sure sign can be found in the discontentment among the biomedd students. out of a strength of approximately 110, you would be hard-pressed to find even a couple who are satisfied. Actually, make that no one.

The main reasons, are as stated above. Though thats not the end of it all. Let me give you a more insightful view into our biomed department, which as u must have guessed by now,sucks.

Lets start off with our HOD, though we arent sure if she's holding that post. Qualification hassles, u see (wink,wink). I think something like professor-in-charge. The only one person our of a department of 6, who might actually know something about the subjects and she's never around. which is why i'm keepng this short. Come to college girl, and earn your pay.

Then the senior "professors".oops,my bad. they're lecturers,not professors u see.The big Q u know. with names signifying consorts of gods (2) , a super-built man, and one whos just gay (he got married though,life's little miracles), u just know u're in for a blast.

aahh...away frm all this depressing stuff (though more will follow),actually got in time to college to see only 7 ppl had turned up at 9 a.m. Has biomed actually changed for the better ? Nah, dont think so. But we live in a world of hope and i along with one of my classmates sure hope that we shall live to see the day when the current class attempts to mass bunk. Should be a real laugh riot that one.

But im in deepp shito with my project though. Not geting any ideas and if anyone wanna help me out, please. The things not going anywhere , and me n my group are seriously thinking abt a redo.

So,came home and banged on the tabla a practising the thi-ra-ki-ta seriously nowadays ,so am kinda getting good at it. after that, went to see my dear girl and roamed around in IIT for some time. Honest to God, that place is built for lovers to walk about. But ironically,we never manage to see any IITians there ever.

More Later !!

P.S. : If I hear more abt Ash-Abhishek-Manglik crap, I shall puke.
So after yet another gap of a couple of months here I am...well CAT came and went..scored a pathetic 94 percentile..but thats alright..after the amount of "hard work" that i had put in, I guess it was well deserved..My luck had to run out sometime after getting a host of 99 percentiles in the SIMCATs........

College begins on Monday and I enter into my last semester of technical education. After this no more circuits hopefully in my life. I am sure of one thing now after my so-called "training period". There are people who are born to be engineers and I definitely am not one of them. I'll be kinda glad to leave this stuff behind. Guess it was never meant to be. Though I still got one more sem..Bring it on !!!!!!!!

After that, I really have no clue whatsoever wht i am going to do..well life will go on i suppose..though i better start preparing for it soon.

Although college isnt officially open, we go to college almost everyday now for the project work. Gotta submit the synopsis by tomorrow or there'll be a price to pay say the professors. Hope we can get it done by then. Since our group consists of 2 of the laziest bums in my class and 2 hard-working girls, its quite simple for anyone to deduce who will be doing most of the work.

Nothing much happening in life now...Actually,there is but not everything in one post yea ?? This time though I'm gonna post sooner...and why should i take myself seriously ??? Coz its the New Year !!!!!!!!