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Guru (2007)

  • Release Date2007
  • GenreRomance, Drama
  • FormatColor
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time154 min
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor RatingU/A

Idhar Village, Gujarat.

"Don't dream. Dreams never come true", my father, the headmaster of our village school often told me when I was a young boy. But I did dream.

As I grew, so did my dreams. Bigger than my outstretched arms, bigger than my small house, bigger than my village, I loved Idhar. It was quiet, peaceful, lazy and green. But I knew that my destiny was beyond this village... I knew that my destiny had to be made - by me.

Bombay, 1958

When I came to Bombay I had two shirts, a wife, a brother-in-law and Rs. 15,000 in a small suitcase to start a business.

But all doors were shut for a newcomer. Indian business and trade run by a handful of the rich and the privileged. Only they were given the licenses, they had the quotas and they controlled all the government and trade. It was an exclusive club where it was impossible for an ordinary middle class newcomer to enter, leave alone succeed. You had to kick the doors open or cajole them open. I did both, I did not take no for an answer. And that's because I can never hear the word no.

40 years.

We started Shakti Trading in a 350 sq. ft. room, with one telephone, one table and three chairs. Today Shakti Corporation is the first Indian company to enter the Forbes top 500 list. People ask me how this happened. I say by thinking. Thinking, think ahead and think fast.

[From the official press booklet]