Synopsis: A school-teacher in India sires a son named Gurukant, but is disappointed as the child fails to live up to his high expectations. When Gurukant grows up, he is unable to secure decent employment in India, so finds a way to go to Turkey, where he finds employment. When he returns back to India, he wants to start his own business, but is unable to do so, as he does not have enough money. So he does some research, gets to meet Sujata, the daughter of a wealthy man named Jignesh, and marries her. After the marriage, Gurukant finds out that Sujata has a dark past, but he ignores this - for his one motive is to be to rise in the eyes of his father - and get rich.
Director(s): Mani Ratnam
Production: Adlabs Films
  11 wins & 24 nominations.
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166 min

Gurukant Desai

salutes the Shakti family.

''Don't dream.''

''Dreams never come true.''

My father would say.

But l dreamt.

l'll work in Turkey

like Ghanshyam Das.

Which fool will give you a job?

Ghanshyam took him to town for

an interview - he got the job.

l got my passport too.

Why's this happening behind my back?

The school results are

out tomorrow, right?

You checked the results in town?

You've failed?

Trying to cover

the shame with a job?

l've a job. How does a

pass or fail matter?

l'll skin you. The whole

village will laugh that..

..the math teacher's son is

a fool. You'll never prosper.

Don't curse. He's going away.

Go to hell.

- l can't bear my son failing.

My step son is going abroad.

Fall at my feet, you foolish monkey.

You witch, your stepson is going

to ride the moon and go far away.

Look step-mother. l've

come from ldhar to lstanbul.

You run away too and come here.

But you'll be scared when

you see these huge buildings.

l'm not scared. Know why? There's

no school, no father, nor his cane.

l'm so glad to see you..come.

l wear a uniform. lts Red. And

a cap too. l look good in it.

l work very hard.

l sell petrol cans.

Do you know what they say for

namaste here? Salaam Walekum.

You're amazing.

Why are you betting again?

You'll lose double of what you win.

Come, this is not for us.

Your luck is incredible.

l'll open it..

You shut his shop. How did you know

the red ball was under that glass?

My eyes. Out of the three

glasses one was smaller.

l just kept my eyes on that.

This is the spice business.

Very big traders come here.

lt's a business for the clever.

The sharper you are,

the luckier you are.

From tomorrow there will be a new

trader amongst them.. Gurukant Desai

Where's your tie? Take it out.


- Wear it.

There have been some

complaints against you..

..but he's very

impressed with your work.

You're lucky. He has

made you a sales supervisor.

lt took me thirteen years to

become a sales supervisor..

..just keep that tie on.

l don't want to wear a tie.

Nor do l want this promotion.


l want to return to my village.

When did this foolish idea

occur to you, may l ask?

After wearing the tie.


You like my work, so

does he, then why should..

..l work for that white man?

l'll work for myself.

Take it in writing,

you'll never succeed.

My destiny is already written.

l'll always remember you.

You're taking all the fun with you.

Now we'll just slog here.

Baapu, l'm leaving.

The country's become free

so why not your daughter?

l've found my partner.

Please wish for my happiness.


A bearded man left

this letter for you.

l don't have the courage

to run away and lead a life.

Please forgive me, Sujata.

Yours, Bhanu Patel.

You're spread like a

python on the whole berth.

l have a reservation.

Reservation is only for the night.

Look out. lt's still night.

ln many places in

the world it's morning.

Can't think beyond the village.

Throw it when the train

stops. lt won't fly back.

Oh god, l can't even cry in peace.

Good, you woke me.

My station's come.

Girl - Alone? Boarded

at the last Station?


This bogey, row thirty two. She

drenched the whole seat crying.

Where did you go and die,

all these days stepson?

l was saving myself from

your beatings, you witch.

Guru has become an Englishman.


Sit. Sit.

Come Ramlal, look who's come.

Guru? l didn't recognize you.

How would you?

- you can't see after your marriage.

Has your wife come? Guru

give him some money---

Miser. Give him twenty.

Look how big the school has grown.

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Mani Ratnam

Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam (born 2 June 1956), commonly known by his screen name Mani Ratnam, is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri, acknowledging his contributions to film in 2002. Despite being born into a film family, Mani Ratnam did not develop any interest towards films when he was young. Upon completion of his post graduation in management, he started his career as a consultant. He entered the film industry through the 1983 Kannada film Pallavi Anu Pallavi. The failure of his subsequent films would mean that he was left with fewer offers. However, his fifth directorial outing, Mouna Ragam (1986), established him as a leading filmmaker in Tamil cinema. He followed that with Nayakan (1987). Mani Ratnam is well known for his "Terrorism trilogy" consisting of Roja (1992), Bombay (1995), and Dil Se.. (1998). Mani Ratnam is married to Tamil actress Suhasini and has a son with her. He has won several film awards, including six National Film Awards, six Filmfare Awards South and three Bollywood Filmfare Awards. more…

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