BOTTOM LINE Decent Sports Drama
OUR RATING 2.75/5
What is the film about?
A hardnosed coach Aditya (Venkatesh) bringing glory to India by training a raw talent from the streets. How is Venkatesh’s performance?
Venkatesh has given a superb performance as a coach. He brings various shades to the character with remarkable ease. Age is a problem, but Venkatesh covers it with his conviction in the character as he lives every moment of it. The great thing about it is we only see the character. However, in the end, there are few moments which bring the typical Venkatesh mark to the fore. The good thing is that they aren’t distracting.
Direction By Sudha Kongara?
One doesn’t know if Sudha Kongara had Venkatesh in mind for the character, but when we watch the movie, it looks tailor-made for the star. It gives the film additional boost as it needs one to connect to the lead character. Even in an overall sense, Guru looks to be an extension of “younger” Venkatesh family man image who is always there for his women. Here the woman happens to be a boxer played by Ritika. Guru is a sports drama, this itself restricts the story arc. Within that arc, there are enough moments to engage the audience. There are few scenes which will surely bring a tear out. Still, the film is saddled with few problems which bring the overall effect down. The nativity factor is missing. Guru feels like a Tamil movie with Telugu actors. The ethos of a local film is missing despite a nice “local hero” touch through heroine character. The second half gets very slow, and the screenplay turns predictable. The climax boxing scenes too could have been shown in a far better manner. All these withholds the movie from becoming a truly memorable one despite spirited performances from all the cast.
Ritika Singh and others?
Ritika Singh is amazing. She is as significant as the hero. It is her pairing with Venkatesh that is so crucial for the people to engage with the narrative and she does a fantastic job. Mumtaz Sorcar too has few brilliant moments of acting on display. Her scene with Ritika in the second half being a prime example. Nassar goes over the board but is fine in critical scenes. Zakir Hussain is okay. The rest don’t have much to do in the movie
Music and other departments?
Music by Santosh Narayanan is splendid. The background score is terrific. The cinematography is excellent. Editing could have been better, especially in the boxing scenes. Dialogues are good.
Venkatesh Ritika Singh Background score Few emotional scenes