Review: No lessons to learn here, 'Guru'!

Saturday, 17 November 2012 - 1:38pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA
With the release of Kannada film Guru, actor Jaggesh’s long cherished dream of turning director comes true. In fact the film not only sees Jaggesh turning director but also acts as a relaunch for his son Guru.

With the release of Kannada film Guru, actor Jaggesh’s long cherished dream of turning director comes true. In fact the film not only sees Jaggesh turning director but also acts as a relaunch for his son Guru. So what do the father-son duo have in store for you ? The story of a young wayward boy, whose life gets even more complicated after he is framed in a criminal case and branded as a mentally unsound person. How he proves his innocence makes for the rest of the story.

So like you have already figured out, Jaggesh stays away from his comfort zone, comedy, in his very first directorial venture. In fact if you go looking for comic relief, let’s tell you that even the two or three comic situations that are there in the film don’t offer you the much needed relief, which is disappointing given the fact that it is one of Kannada film industry’s most favourite comedians who is at the helm of affairs.

What puts you off further is the story. Jaggesh seeks inspiration from some international films, but the impact is nowhere close to the originals. There are a few scenes that do manage to liven up the screen, but the impact fails to last for long due to the not- so-well-thought-out screenplay.
The love track between the lead pair keeps interrupting the narrative in the wrong places.

When it comes to the acting also, there is hardly anything that the film can boast of. Gururaj still has a long way to go and surely can do with many more tips from his father. Jaggesh’s other son Yathiraj also plays a small role in the film, but his acting doesn’t create much of an impact either. Despite Sudharani’s role not being all that significant, she manages to make her presence felt. There is nothing extraordinary about the music and cinematography either. The prolonged second half that comes with a predictable end is also something that doesn’t work to the favour of this film. In short, this much awaited Jaggesh directorial is a disappointment.


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