Guru (1980 film)

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Directed by I. V. Sasi
Produced by Prakash R. C.
Written by Hassan Brothers
Starring Kamal Haasan
Mohan Babu
M. N. Nambiar
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Jayanan Vincent
Edited by K. Narayanan
Shiv Sakthi Films
Release date
  • 18 July 1980 (1980-07-18)
Running time
159 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Box office 2.26 crore

Guru (Teacher) is a 1980 Tamil-language drama film directed by I. V. Sasi. The film features Kamal Haasan and Sridevi in the lead roles while M. N. Nambiar, Muthuraman and Mohan Babu play supporting roles. The film opened in July 1980 to positive reviews.[1] It was a blockbuster and completed a 365-day run at the box office.[2] The film, a bi-lingual was made in Telugu language as well with the same title. This film is remake of Dharmendra starrer superhit Hindi film Jugnu.


The film begins in the pre-independence era where Raghu (R. Muthuraman) is a revolutionary who is disowned by his aristocratic father and is presumed dead while fleeing from the police. Ten years later, Raghu's wife is shot dead by a landlord attempting to rape her and her young boy shoots the landlord in retaliation and absconds.

Several years later, the boy has grown up to be Ashok (Kamal Haasan), a rich, reputed philanthropist who runs 'Parvathi Nilayam', a shelter and institute for orphaned destitute children , named after his mother. Unknown to all except his close friend and associate Mahesh (Y. Gee. Mahendra) is the fact that to support 'Parvathi Nilayam', Ashok also masquerades as 'Guru', an elusive criminal who carries out several heists and is being hunted by the police. Meanwhile Ashok's grandfather has been raising an impersonator Ramesh (Mohan babu) as his grandson, who has turned out to be felonious.

Ashok meets and falls in love with a charming girl Sujatha (Sridevi) the niece of a top police official (Major Sundarrajan) and strives to win her affection and succeeds. Ashok in the guise of Guru also tangles with a notorious mob headed by an one-armed man (M. N. Nambiar), one of whose associates is Ramesh. Ashok also has a chance encounter with his lost father Raghu who is now working as a professor but Raghu conceals his identity to keep Ashok safe.

In a shocking twist, Ashok finds out that the landlord whom he had murdered as a boy was none other than Sujatha's father and he starts rebuking Sujatha without revealing her the truth, leaving her heart-broken. Distraught and despondent, Ashok plans one last big heist to support 'Parvathi Nilayam' permanently and hand it over to his friend Mahesh and seclude himself forever. Whether his plans succeeded form the rest of the story.



Soundtrack album by Ilaiyaraaja
Released 1980
Genre Feature film soundtrack

The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics written by Kannadasan, Panju Arunachalam and Gangai Amaran.[3][4]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Aadungal Paadungal" Kannadasan S. P. Balasubrahmanyam  
2. "Parandhalum Vidamatten" Kannadasan S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki  
3. "Perai Chollava" Kannadasan S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki  
4. "Endhan Kannil" Kannadasan S. Janaki  
5. "Maamanukku Paramakudi" Gangai Amaran S. Janaki  
6. "Naan Vanangugiren" Panju Arunachalam S. Janaki  


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