Review : Guru – Inspirational sports drama
Director : Sudha Kongara
Music Director : Santosh Narayan
Producer : S.Sashikanth
Cinematography : KA Sakthivel
Starring : Venkatesh, Ritika Singh
Story: Adithya (Venkatesh) is a talented boxer and a rudely belligerent coach transferred to Vizag for training the women boxers. Among the Vizag slums, Aadi finds Rameshwari (Ritika Singh), a born champion girl but aggressive and carefree missing in a proper goal setting. As Aadi begin to train Ramudu and her sister Lux for the World Championship selections, their real challenge lies in between and outside the ring. An immature Ramudu first falls in love with Aadi and then realizes the original face of outside world. How Ramudu fulfills the goal of Aadi is rest of emotionally charged narration.
Analysis: Venkatesh gives his career best performance with this film. This is undoubtedly one of the best characterizations written for Venky in his career. Venky’s emotions and the way he puts up a fight with his subtle yet intense emotions till the last scene shows what an actor like him can pull off if given a good subject.
Ritika Singh is a show stealer. Her Pawan Kalyan imitations will make theater roofs to fly off. She is the mainstay of the film as her chemistry with Venkatesh is quite striking. Ritika’s body language, her Telugu dubbing, everything is just spot on.
Nasser as ponds, Tanikella as Venky’s well wisher, Raghu Babu-Anita as Ritika parents and Zakir Hussain as antagonist Dev suited very well.
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Minus points :
Lack of entertainment
Final Verdit: Guru is definitely Venkatesh’s career best performance to date. The intense drama, Ritika Singh’s performance, and racy boxing matches are huge assets. If you ignore the slightly slow pace here and there, Guru is one film which will surely impress you and ends up as an entertaining watch.