Madhavan played this brave journalist in the hit film Guru!

When Guru came out in 2007, there were little doubts on whose life the film was based on. Everyone knew that the inspiration behind Guru was none other than the iconic businessman Late Dhirubhai Ambani.

Dhirubhai Ambani's life inspired the 2007 blockbuster Guru.
Dhirubhai Ambani’s life inspired the 2007 blockbuster Guru.

Guru’s problem with a prominent media personality played by Mithun Chakraborty aka Manikdas Gupta became the talk of the town with many coming up with new names and many pointing to the editor of an iconic newspaper of the time the Indian Express and its editor Ramnath Goenka.

The iconic Late Ramnath Goenka was the man who challenged the Polyester prince of India. And yes, he at one time was close to Dhirubhai Ambani but his proximity to Nusli Wadia of Bombay Dyeing eclipsed their relationship. Goenka also challenged Ambani for not following the conventional rules and regulations.


Well! We surely now know the reporter who was the inspiration for Madhavan’s character in the movie.

Shyam Saxena, played by the Indian star R. Madhavan, is based on the life of Swaminathan Gurumurthy (S. Gurumurthy) whose reports each and everyone one of us must have read at some point or the other in an era when there were no social media!

S. Gurumurthy, the man whose role inspired Madhavan's character!
S. Gurumurthy, the man whose role inspired Madhavan’s character!

What is great is that it was none other that S. Gurumurthy who confirmed that Guru was largely a true story and that the daredevil journalist who R. Madhavan played in Guru  was none other than he, himself.

When a person asked if Mani Ratnam, the director of the movie, ever consulted the journalist he denied which certainly is a big loss to the viewers as personal inputs would have given even more strength to the character played by Madhavan.

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