The movie Guna was a direction by Santhana Bharathi, Kamal Haasan s friend.  The movie is a daring attempt by Kamal Haasan to project a psychoneurotic on scree

Guna Movie Review

Guna Movie Review Tamil Movie Review
Review for the film " Guna"
Runtime: 2 Hours 47 Minutes
Certificate: U
Released: 05-11-1991
Genre: Crime
3.75 / 5.0

The movie Guna was a direction by Santhana Bharathi Santhanabharathi is a famous actor, director of Ta >> Read More... Santhana Bharathi , Kamal Haasan Kamal Haasan is the most versatile actor that Indi >> Read More... Kamal Haasan ’s friend. The movie is a daring attempt by Kamal Haasan to project a psychoneurotic on screen.


Guna is a mentally ill person is born and brought up in a brothel in Hyderabad.  He also visits the mental asylum for treatment to his illness.  The movie opens up with a song in a mental asylum.  Another inmate of the mental asylum, Ananthu, thrusts a strange notion into Guna. He says that Guna has got divine attributes in him.  Also, he adds that Guna will unite with Goddess Abhirami on a full moon day. Guna happens to come across a girl in a temple, and he mistakes her for Abhirami.  He takes her into his custody, and initially the girl is taken aback by his strange attitude.  But later on, she falls in love for Guna. Both of them marry.  There are twists and turns of the fate shown in the movie.  What happens to the girl in the hands of Guna forms the rest of the story.  

Star Performances

Kamal Haasan as Guna gives a wonderful performance. The scene showing him circling in the doctor’s clinic with the camera rotating around the room is breathtaking. Roshini as Abhirami is pretty good. Other actors in the movie have given a fine performance.


The totally unbelievable character of Kamal Haasan in the movie has been given too much importance. There are no frank utterances, and there are few words spoken by Kamal Haasan in the movie. Having said that, the audiences may not digest the fact that Kamal Haasan is a mentally ill person on screen.

What is there?

  • The dialogues in the movie are wonderful.
  • Venu has handled the camera exquisitely.
  • The music by Ilayaraja is outstanding.

What is not there?

  • The logic cannot be made out when the movie is watched the first time.
  • The movie does not reach the layman.
  • There is too much of detail to the lead character which some people find hard to digest.  


Guna…a daring attempt in Tamil cinema.