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Guna (1991)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 1 November 1991 (India)
A neurodivergent individual escapes the family he despises and the asylum he is kept in by creating fantasies.


Santhana Bharathi


Balakumaran (dialogue), John Edathattil (screenplay) (as John E) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Kamal Haasan ... Guna
Varalakshmi S. ... Mannonmani
Rekha Rekha ... Rosy (as Rekha)
Roshini Roshini ... Roshini
R.S. Shivaji ... The barber
Girish Karnad
Balasubramanian Balasubramanian
Kaka Radhakrishnan Kaka Radhakrishnan
Ajay Ratnam Ajay Ratnam
Pradeep Shakti Pradeep Shakti
Balasubramanyam Balasubramanyam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ananthu Ananthu


Guna ( Kamal Haasan ) is a mentally affected person and receives treatment in a mental asylum in Hyderabad . He does not like his father and his mother is a moll in the house that they live. He assumes a fictitious character named Abirami (also, the name of an Indian goddess) and registers in his mind that she is an angel who is going to marry him on a full-moon day. After coming out of the asylum, he believes the story to be true and believes that his Abirami is somewhere around.

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The caves which the film was shot in were earlier called Devil's Kitchen, Kodaikanal. The location became a tourist spot after the film's release and it later became known as "Guna Caves". It was here that the song "Kanmani Anbodu" was shot. Sathy who worked as Production controller for the film revealed that "the cave was about 500 to 600 deep , they tied ropes with pulleys and transferred all the production equipment's in and out of the 500 feet cave". See more »


Referenced in Ankarajyathe Jimmanmar (2018) See more »

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Excellent film-making and simply awesome acting!!!
12 April 2007 | by TheCinemaphileSee all my reviews

I need not make mention of how good kamal hassan is at acting....you actually cant call it acting.It can be called getting under the skin of the character and portraying a realistic look on the role.

Kamal draws parallels with the late Sivaji Ganesan...who is admired now even after his sad demise some years back.

I get the opportunity to watch GUNA only on television nowadays...as i was too young to have watched it in theatres.Kamal's acting was way too awesome in the movie...and as another IMDb user suggested,films of such high caliber rarely meet commercial box-offices success.The failure of this movie to rake in money does not deter us from appreciating the performance delivered by Kamal.

Of course he has given awesome performances in other movies like devar magan,mahanadhi,hey ram and many many more movies....this movie stays close to my heart.

The song KANMANI ANBODU is still a melodious song to reckon with now...15 years after the movie was released.The only two things to talk about in this movie is Kamal's acting and Santhana Barathi's acting!!!

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