Guru, which releases on Friday, is actor Mithun Chakraborty’s first film with renowned director Mani Ratnam. That’s just one of the reasons why the film is special to Mithun.
However, there are other reasons, too. Mithun starred in Umesh Mehra’s film of the same name (1989) with Sridevi. In Waqt Ki Awaaz (1988), the song Guru guru was a rage.
Recently, he starred in a Bengali film titled Guru. And we all know that his fans fondly call him Guru.
"Both the previous Gurus were superhit films and I expect this one to follow the trend," says Mithun.
This time, Mithun is not the hero — Abhishek Bachchan is. However, Mithun, who was in town on a brief visit and spoke to HT City from his hotel room on Tuesday, has reason enough to be delighted to be part of the film.
"Mani and I were supposed to have worked together nine years ago. That time, he wanted me to cut my hair, which I couldn’t. However, this time round, I took a break for the film," says the National Award winning actor, who sports a completely new look in the film unlike the one of the action hero that we are used to seeing him in.
Mithun is all praise for the director. "Mani is an actor’s director. There were occasions when I wanted to prove him wrong, but he had the last laugh," he says.
The actor says his character is very demanding. Mithun plays an honest crusader who runs a newspaper called The Independent. He finds Guru, (Abhishek’s character in the film) on the road one day and treats him like his son. "He pushes him to do the right things," he says.
The actor would not get into the rumour whether the film is late industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani’s biography, except to say that "It is a social drama and a film that every dreamer would relate to."
Guru is Mithun’s first film with Abhishek. "He has done a terrific job," says the actor who has worked with Abhishek’s father Amitabh Bachchan in Do Anjane, Ganga Jamuna Saraswati and Agneepath.
On a parting note, Mithun says, "My National Awards are a thing of the past. What is important is what I am learning now from Mani. I do films for good roles and that’s what attracts me and the part in Guru is one of them."
We will wait and watch.