Guru or Dhiru?

Mumbai: Is Mani Rathnam’s film based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani?

For the film Guru trams have been created on the road, buildings, people and the very milieu projecting the 1950s.Joining Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai in the film are Madhavan and Vidya Balan in the lead roles.

Sources state that the movie film is indeed on the lives of Dhurubhai Ambani. The Ambanis are people close to the Bachchan family.The YMCA grounds at Chennai shows a massive vista erected expressly for this purpose. Viewers of the visage have been stunned by its lifelike presence.

Old world roads, costumes and a feel of the era gone by have been created for the film. Dhirubhai came to Mumbai in 1959 with just Rs 500 in his pocket. Abhishek’s character in the film starts in the year 1959, when he is 20 years old and his son has been born. Strangley Anil Ambani too was born in 1959.

The film traces his life till he is 65 years old. The older Abhishek Bachchan in the film has been characterised as a plump man for which the special make-up takes close to four hours. A small portion of the shooting is left and the rest of the film is completed. Incidentally another film starring Bikram Saluja and Mandira Bedi has been made called Marathon which said to be based on the life of Anil Ambani with Saluja playing the dynamic business icon of the nation.

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