Movie of the Month


Film Title: Guna

Event No : 12
Date of Screening : 12-Oct-2013
Venue and Time : Hotel Savera 10 am

John Edathattil

Santhana Bharathi



Guna is a story of a man who is mentally ill. In an attempt to escape from the worldly pain, he creates "Abirami", an angel who would marry him on full-moon. Once out of the asylum where he was treated for his illness, he falls into the company of crooks who force him to rob a temple. In the temple, however, he meets a lady who he assumes to be his Abirami and kidnaps her. The story thereafter is about how Guna and his Abirami come together (or do they not?) and the things that they face on this journey of theirs.

Language: Tamil
Running Time: 167 mins
Release Date: November 5, 1991
Directed by: Santhana Bharathi
Produced by: Alamelu Subramaniam
Written by: Sab John, Balakumaran (dialogues)
Kamal Haasan, Roshini, Rekha, S. Varalakshmi, S.P. Balasubramaniam, Janagaraj
Music by: Ilaiyaraaja
Shot by: Venu
Editing by:
B. Lenin, V. T. Vijayan

About the Film

Guna is a simple story which has been given a stature of cult due to the commendable performances and the effort from the team.


  1. The cave where Guna hides Abirami is situated in between three naturally arranged imposing boulders. Due to this fact, when fog passes the cave, rises and comes out of the chimney-like opening, it appears as though a devil is cooking. For this reason, it was originally called as the Devil's Kitchen. Since the movie's release the location gathered popularity and has been rechristened to Guna Cave.


  1. Best Actor at Filmfare Awards South 1992.

About the Director

A simple human being whose love for cinema brought him to Tamil film industry is what describes Santhana Bharathi. Starting his career in 1975 as an assistant to Director C V Sridhar, he went on to create masterpieces in Tamil Cinema.

Having a father from film fraternity definitely helped him to get started, but after that it was his effort and dedication that have made him last a whopping 25 years in this field.

The director of some epic movies like Panneer Pushpangal, Guna and Mahanadhi; he is also known for creating magic in fornt of camera for movies like Anbe Sivam, Michael Madana Kamarajan and Dasavatharam , as a supporting actor.

Scene from the film

About the Guest

John is a screenwriter and a film-maker who has churned out critically acclaimed movies in Tamil and Malayalam movie industry.

He identified his gift for script doctoring, with a Kamal Hassan starrer named Chanakyan. His career spanning over 2 decades, saw him penning down screenplays for movies like Guna, Kuruthi Poonal and Sillunu Oru Kadhal.

Apart from silver screen, he has also been constantly associated to Documentaries, TV Series and AD films.