Guru (2017 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sudha Kongara|
|Produced by||S. Shashikanth|
|Music by||Santhosh Narayanan|
|Edited by||Sathish Suriya|
Guru (English: Mentor) is a 2017 Indian Telugu-language sports drama film, produced by S. Shashikanth on Y NOT Studios banner and directed by Sudha Kongara. Starring Daggubati Venkatesh, Ritika Singh in the lead roles and music composed by Santhosh Narayanan, the film is remake of Kongara's own Tamil-Hindi bilingual film Irudhi Suttru (Saala Khadoos in Hindi) released in previous year which starred Ritika Singh along with R. Madhavan in lead roles. 
Aditya alias Aadi (Venkatesh) is a failed boxer who, despite being very talented, falls victim to the dirty politics in the boxing association. Many years later, Adi now coaching the women's boxing teams is extremely angry and frustrated with the partiality in selection. Due to his rift with the association head Dev Khatri (Zakir Hussain), he is falsely charged with sexual harassment and transferred to Vizag. Despite the very poor infrastructure, Aadi manages to find talent in a roadside vegetable seller Rameswari alias Ramudu (Ritika Singh), who he along with his assistant coach Punch Ponds (Nassar) notices while she is thrashing the judges during her sister's tournament.
Ignoring Rameswari's elder sister Lakshmi alias Lux (Mumtaz Sorcar) who has been boxing for 8 years, Aadi offers to train Rameswari for 4 hours daily. But the two don't get along due to Aadi's ruthless training methods and Rameswari's aggressive nature. As a result, Rameswari intentionally loses a local match. Aadi later asks Lakshmi and Rameswari's parents, to send them to stay in a hostel with him so their daughters can work hard on training. Rameswari misunderstands him, but later regrets when she finds out that Aadi has sold his bike to buy new training equipment for her. Rameswari then starts training with Aadi rather intensely with dedication and develops feelings for him. On the day of a qualifying match, she reveals her feelings to Aadi and he promptly rejects her. During the warm-up before the match Lakshmi,who is now jealous of her sister,injures Rameswari's hand causing Rameswari to lose.Aadi thinks that Rameswari lost intentionally again and throws her out of training camp.
Dev Khatri takes advantage of the situation by calling Rameswari to Delhi for a cultural exchange tournament and makes her fight with a heavyweight Russian boxer, who knocks out Rameswari in a few seconds. A demotivated Rameswari is then approached by Dev Khatri with an indecent proposal, to which she reacts by injuring him. Dev Khatri takes revenge by getting her arrested on false theft charges.
Aadi comes to the rescue and bails her out. He later takes Rameswari to Delhi to get her a wild-card entry into the World Boxing Championship. Rameswari works hard and goes on to win the semifinal. On the day of finals, Dev Khatri removes Rameswari's name from the list and asks Aadi to resign immediately if he wants to see Rameswari in the final, with the same Russian boxer who knocked her out in Delhi. Rameswari gets to fight in the final round but is dejected after learning about Aadi's resignation. She keeps losing points in the early rounds and gets badly injured before Aadi shows up at the stadium and indicates her to attack her opponent's arms to make her weak. Rameswari follows the game plan and knocks out the opponent with seconds to go in the final round. Dev Khatri quickly attempts to take the credit for training Rameswari but she punches him and runs towards Aadi and hugs him, showing emotional reunion of a coach and student.
- Venkatesh as Aditya "Aadi"
- Ritika Singh as Rameswari "Ramulu"
- Nassar as Punch Ponds
- Tanikella Bharani as Murali
- Zakir Hussain as Dev Khatri
- Mumtaz Sorcar as Lakshmi "Lux"
- Raghu Babu as Soomulu
- Anitha Chowdary as Rajyam
- Ananth Babu as Boxing Association member
- Sanchana Natarajan as a boxing student
|Film score by Santhosh Narayanan|
|Santhosh Narayanan chronology|
Music composed by Santhosh Narayanan. Music released on Lahari Music Company. Except "Jingidi", all other songs were reused from the original Tamil film’s soundtrack. The song "Jingidi" marked the singing debut of actor Venkatesh.
|1.||"Ne Zara"||Sri Mani||Siddharth Mahadevan||4:15|
|5.||"Ukku Naram"||Ramajogayya Sastry||Siddharth Mahadevan||4:20|
|6.||"O Sakkanoda"||Ramajogayya Sastry||Dhee||4:10|
Principal photography commenced in September 2016 in Hyderabad. Principle filmography took place in Vizag, Hyderabad, and Goa. The film has completed shooting in the first week of December 2016. While Santhosh Narayanan and Sathish Suriya was retained as music director and editor from the original version of the film, there are some changes on other technical teams. Art director Jacki was roped into the project, replacing T. Santhanam from the original adaptation.
- "Venky's 'Guru' is preponed for a March 31 release". The Times of India. 26 March 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
- The film got unanimous positive response from critics and audience."Guru trailer: Venkatesh gets into shoes of R Madhavan in Saala Khadoos Telugu remake. But is he convincing enough?". 21 March 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
- Santhosh Narayanan (12 March 2017). "Guru (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved 27 March 2017.