Guru is a 1997 Indian Malayalam-language fantasy film directed by Rajiv Anchal and written by C. G. Rajendra Babu from a story by Anchal. Mohanlal played the lead role in the film, while Nedumudi Venu, Srinivasan, Suresh Gopi, Sithara, Kaveri Muralidharan and Sreelakshmi appeared in supporting roles. A highly metaphorical movie with multiple layers of meaning, the story bears some thematic resemblance with Plato's Allegory of The Cave. The movie makes a strong statement on various extreme divisions in the society, and the resulting conflicts and violence; evils which lie deep within one's own mind and reflected in the world. The movie portraits this human predicament as a result of the ignorance into the true nature of things. Guru himself can be regarded as a symbol of the manifestation of the supreme liberating knowledge.