After ‘Dhai Akshar Prem Ke’ (2000), ‘Kuch Naa Kaho’ (2003) and ‘Umrao Jaan’ (2006), ‘Guru’ (2007) was the fourth film which featured Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai as a leading pair before they got married. Co-written and directed by the National award winning filmmaker, Mani Ratnam, the biographical drama movie was loosely based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani, a business tycoon who laid the foundation of Reliance Industries and became one of the richest men in the world. Apart from starring Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, ‘Guru’ also featured the talents like Vidya Balan, R. Madhavan, Arya Babbar and Mithun Chakraborty in principal roles.
‘Guru’ was the first Bollywood film to have its world premiere in Canada. On 11th January, 2007, it had its international premiere at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto followed by its widespread release in India on 12th January the same year. Dubbed and released simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu, the film opened to excellent reviews by critics. Abhishek Bachchan, who had had a solo release after a long time, was lauded for his sterling performance in the movie. The audience too admired him in the movie. Talking about Aishwarya Rai, she also received rave reviews from critics and audience alike.
Apart from India, the highly acclaimed and extremely successful movie put up an excellent show in the international markets also. In the United States, it made impressive collections of Rs. 3 crores in its opening weekend despite being released across limited screens. From the US and UK markets alone, the movie fetched Rs. 13 crores by the end of its run there. In India, the film grossed over Rs. 60 crores and was declared a hit.