Guru En Aalu

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Guru En Aalu
Directed by Selva
Produced by K. R. Gangadharan
Written by L. Venkatesan
Neenu
(dialogues)
Story by Aziz Mirza
Starring Madhavan
Abbas
Mamta Mohandas
Vivek
Brinda Parekh
Music by Srikanth Deva
Cinematography U. K. Senthil Kumar
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
Distributed by KRG Movies International
Release dates
  • 24 April 2009 (2009-04-24)[1]
Country India
Language Tamil

Guru En Aalu (English: Guru my man) is a 2009 Tamil romantic comedy film directed by Selva. It stars Madhavan, Abbas and Mamta Mohandas in the leading roles, while Vivek and Brinda Parekh portray supporting roles. The film was a remake of Aziz Mirza's 1993 Hindi film Yes Boss starring Shahrukh Khan. The film, began production in late 2007 and released in April 2009 to mixed reviews, becoming an average grosser at the box office.

Plot[edit]

Guru (Madhavan) wants to start a company of his own. He works for his boss Krishna (Abbas), who is a successful entrepreneur leading a happy married life. But the major problem for Krishna is his playboy nature. Guru hopes that his boss will help him set up a company so that he can also become a boss and make money. Therefore he does everything to please him.

Krishna falls for a model Seema (Mamta Mohandas). Interestingly Guru also romances Seema. But coming to know that his boss is behind the girl, he decides to give up his romance to attain his personal goals. He goes hammer and tongs ensuring that Seema gets close with Krishna. But after a sequence of events, he realises that he yearns and craves for Seema. Did he give up his love for making it big in life or go hammer and tongs to hold Seema’s hands forms the climax.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Mamta Mohandas and Madhavan, as seen at the launch of the film.

Following the release of his home production, Evano Oruvan, in December 2007, Madhavan announced his intentions on remaking the 1997 Hindi language film, Yes Boss, which starred Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla in the lead roles. The director, a remake specialist, Selvah was assigned to direct the movie which was to be produced by KRG, one of the veteran producers and President of South Indian Film Chamber.[2]

Following cast selection and story adjustions, the film had its launch on 2 May 2008, with only Madhavan and Mamta Mohandas among the cast attending at a small ceremony at Adyar, Chennai.[3] Shooting for the film started at Chennai in May 2008 and continued in various locations in Kerala. Another schedule was filmed at overseas locations, primarily in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.[4][5] The introductory song for Madhavan was shot at the AVM Studios in Vadapalani, Chennai with several extras, choreographed by Babu.[6]

The casting process took four months for the director and producer to settle. Initially it was expected that Nayantara would appear opposite Madhavan in the lead role, however Nayantara opted out due to involvements in bigger projects such as Kuselan, Aegan and Villu.[7] Sameera Reddy was briefly linked to the role,[8] but eventually Mamta Mohandas claimed the lead female role, portraying a model. Jayaram was initially announced to portray a role in the film, but pulled out at the last moment and was replaced by Abbas, and another cast member is Vivek, whom both re-unite with Madhavan after the 2001 blockbuster, Minnale.[9][10] Another actress, Brinda Parekh, was soon after signed up to play the role of Abbas's pair in the film.[11] A string of supporting cast members were selected among those being Sona Heiden, Poovilangu Mohan, Mayilsamy, Pattimandram Raja, Manobala, M. S. Baskar, Meera Krishnan and Aarthi.[4][12]

Apart from Selvah, who directs the film, the cinematographer for the project is Senthil Kumar, whilst the editor is National Award winner V. T. Vijayan. The dialogues for Aziz Mirza's script is handled by L. Venkatesan, director of Jithan Ramesh starrer Nee Venunda Chellam and lyrics are written by Pa. Vijay, Kabilan and Pazhani Bharathi. Srikanth Deva is the music director for the film, renewing his association with Selvah, whom both were crew members of Selvah's previous venture, Thotta.[4]

Release[edit]

After being completed but unreleased for one year, the film was released on 24 April 2009, opening to mixed reviews. Behindwoods wrote:"So that’s precisely the USP of Guru En Aalu. Comedy! If you don’t mind a few odd screen minutes while the lead characters trundle their way through a familiar script".[13] Sify claimed that it is "nowhere near the original which was technically superior with super hit songs and locales".[14] Nowrunning wrote:"disappoints on all counts".[15] Rediff wrote:"If you're looking for a re-creation of a feel-good candy-floss romance, then Selva's shoddy screenplay [sic] is likely to prove quite a drag".[16] Hindu called it "typical commercial cocktail" and concluded that "If you have watched the original you are bound to be perplexed by unnecessary additions in the Tamil version that drag the film down to deplorable levels".[17]

Soundtrack[edit]

Guru En Aalu
Soundtrack album by Srikanth Deva
Released 26 September 2008
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Star Music
Producer K. R. Ganghadaran

The film has six songs composed by Srikanth Deva collaborating with director Selva for second time after Thotta. Lyrics are by three eminent poets - Pa. Vijay, Kapilan and Pazhanibharathy whilst the songs are choreographed by Kalyan, Sridhar and Dinesh. The film's songs were released at a low-key function in Chennai on 26 September 2008. Majority of the BGM scores in this movie were lifted from popular Hindi movies like Rang de Basanti, Salaam Namaste, No Entry and Om Shanti Om.[18] "Spun" by Flipsyde is used in the song Chellame Chellame, and "Bebot" by The Black Eyed Peas forms the background score of the whole movie, "Ek Din Aap" from original hindi film Yes Boss has been lifted here as "Kadhal Kannadiyil".

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Vaanam Vanthu"   Krish 4:31
2. "Chellame Chellamae"   Udit Narayan 4:42
3. "Veesuvadhu"   Benny Dayal 4:14
4. "Kadhal Kannadiyil"   Prasanna Rao and Sadhana Sargam 3:59
5. "Alaipayudhey"   Karthik, Ranjith, Swetha and Nithya 4:37
6. "Kadhal Kolagalam"   Rakeep 3:18

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Five heroines and a director!". Behindwoods. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  2. ^ Shankar, Settu (2007). "Madhavan remakes Yes Boss!!". OneIndia.com. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  3. ^ "Three cheers in Kollywood". IndiaGlitz. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  4. ^ a b c "Guru En Aazhu". TamilNaduEntertainment.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  5. ^ "'Guru En Aalu' moves to Dubai". IndiaGlitz. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  6. ^ "Guru Enn Aalu". Sify.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  7. ^ "Maddy or Danush for Nayantara?". Chennai365.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  8. ^ "Madhavan on Shah Rukh Khan's role". Kollywoodtoday.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  9. ^ "Maddy in a remake". Kollywoodtoday.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  10. ^ "3 new films launched in the city". Sify. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  11. ^ "Madhavan-Mamta joins first time!". OneIndia.com (Tamil). 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  12. ^ "Sona set to sizzle". Times of India (India). 11 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  13. ^ http://behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-reviews/reviews-2/guru-en-aalu.html
  14. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/guru-en-aalu-review-tamil-14883088.html
  15. ^ http://www.nowrunning.com/movie/5403/tamil/guru-en-aalu/2125/review.htm
  16. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/review/guru-en-aalu-is-no-yes-boss/20090424.htm
  17. ^ "Contrived ‘fun' track -- Guru En Aalu". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 1 May 2009. 
  18. ^ "Guru En Aalu audio on September 27th". In.Movies.Yahoo.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 

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