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The best film on leadership I have seen: ‘Guru’

LiveMint logoLiveMint 03-06-2014 P.R. Sanjai

Amit and Arihant Patni, sons of Patni Computer co-founder Gajendra Patni, pick a movie as their big inspiration rather than a management book. The movie, Guru, a 2007 Indian biographical film loosely based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani, founder of Reliance Industries Ltd. The film was directed by Mani Ratnam.

The movie is set in 1951 where in a small village in northern Gujarat, Gurukant Desai (Abhishek Bachchan) dreams of making it big some day. It shows how Desai sets up his business Shakti Corp., his struggle to beat odds and greater success for the Shakti group companies.

“Guru is a movie where we can relate to our past. It teaches that whatever you do, you should do it with passion and success will follow,” says Amit Patni.

Amit and Arihant Patni entered the financial services space in 2011 after Patni Computer Systems Ltd was sold in a $1.2 billion (around `7,100 crore today) deal to US-listed iGate Corp. Following their exit from Patni Computer, the brothers co-founded funds such as Nirvana Venture Advisors (an Internet digital fund), Elysium Investment Advisors (a hedge fund) and the Hive India (a data fund).

Amit Patni says Guru is a good representation of not giving up and giving 100% effort without thinking about the rate of success.

“Guru is all about seizing the opportunity. The movie also teaches about putting the right person into the right time and right space. It reminds you about time for action. Lost time is lost money,” says Arihant Patni.

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