From YUVA to GURU
By Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
2007 has begun an auspicious note for Abhishek Bachchan and he has bounced back with a great vigor and panache to set the agenda for 2007 with a performance which would be difficult to stand up to as the kind of emotional journeys that he has traversed through GURU is an opportunity which any actor would give a right hand to work for.
His evolution as an actor is clearly manifest in its entirety in the scene where he is suffering the paralytic stroke and the expressions that he has been able to evoke on his face without making any guttural utterance may become his school of expression for such scenes in future.
Deconstructing the growth of a hero who goes to a town in general and never comes back but makes a name for him; here the hero first goes to an urban area, Istanbul ( the selection of the city has been a subtle ingenuity as it was the city in the early sixties which was one of the major port towns and was sort of a mini cosmos to learn about vital nuances of international trade, and this could be done by a Mani Sir) learns the tricks of trade, and comes back to the country to deploy it for the betterment of his brethren is a new approach towards sketching the character of the hero.
And if one has a seasoned veteran like Mithun Chakraborty to live up to, then one is surely going to have a gala time and a sparkling chemistry on the screen as Abhishek had with Mithun, who after MRIGYA seems to have again gone back to his MRIGYA days to emphasize that he still has the spark to portray one more award winning performance, and this role has given Mithun a new lease of life, and the void that was created after the demise of Amrish Puri seems to have got a replacement in the form of a new Mithun. Interestingly enough, about a decade and a few years ago, when Mithun was sort of strait-jacketed into his lots of loud dance dramas, it was AGNIPATH which had given a new lease of life to his career, opposite Amitabh Bachchan, and Mithun has sort of complimented back the help provided by senior Bachchan by playing a character role in GURU. In the bargain, though he has opened up a new career opportunity for himself.
And the quawalli of Rahman that plays as a background score as well, either through the Indian instruments or on the western instruments, seems to be the binding musical node for the film. And from DHOOM-2 to a deglamourized GURU Aishwarya has also traveled a long mile, underlining the fact that she is a Director's actor. The thinking of Mani Sir, is evident from a very small fact that it could be probably for the first time that a business tycoon has been shown on the silver screen to have only daughters as the offspring.
From Lallan in YUVA to Guru in GURU Abhishek Bachchan has indeed emerged as Guru amongst the actors. YUVA was his baptisation into the world of awards, and GURU would surely provide him with the firmament to sweep all the awards for the year 2007.