Movie – Guzaarish (2010)

Starring – Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Aditya Roy Kapoor.

Director – Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Here is my review of the recently released movie “Guzaarish”. Movie is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali (SLB) and has Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the lead. Movie is a story about a life of one person “Ethan Mascaranas” played by Hrithik Roshan and his nurse “Sofia” acted by Aishwarya Rai.

Movie starts with a brilliant song “Smile”. Lot of encouraging words being penned down on that particular song. It is like intro of the sad life and state of Ethan and yet he is trying to live. Ethan is suffering from Paraplegia, which is caused due to paralysis of a body due to an accident. He cannot move anything except his neck. He is in this state since 14 years. Sofia is a nurse who takes care of everything related to Ethan. Right from brushing teeth to bathing and feeding food. Sofia has been a nurse who has been looking after Ethan for 12 years.

Ethan was a world famous magician, who got a title of Merlin due to his incredible magic tricks. After his accident during such magic show, he decides to run a radio station, where he is the RJ (Radio Jockey). He just speaks and speaks of life. He tries to solve problems being faced by callers of the radio station. There is one big admirer of Ethan, the magician “Omar Siddique” played by Aditya Roy Kapoor. Omar somehow persuades Ethan to teach him his magic tricks and by doing so he becomes Ethan’s student. There is one lawyer too in the movie “Devyani Dutta” played by Shrenaz Patel who is very close friend of Ethan.

One fine day Ethan decides to file a petition for Euthanasia with the court of law. Euthanasia is a petition to allow legally by the court to kill oneself, in other words suicide or mercy killing. Movie has some parts in the court where Ethan and his lawyer friend Devyani files the petition, which the High Court first dismisses but later due to further appealing it gets considered, but again in the later hearing the case and the petition is dismissed.

Movie has been directed very well. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a great story-teller. There is no question about it. But the fundamental flaw in the movie is described in the preceding para. Ethan who is such a optimistic person who tries to spread positivity around people through his radio, suddenly decides to kill himself. The reason being given is his sufferings, but he has been suffering this since 14 years, but one fine day suddenly he decides to file Euthanasia petition, reasons for which are never explained. That leaves the audience with a big question mark. A person who is so full of life, decides to end that, without any proper justification. Sofia on the other hand leaves his family, children and husband (drinker) for his boss Ethan, for reasons unknown. Music is good enough but most of the songs are either in English or local Goan language, in the movie that is. Sets are having usual/dull SLB mark.

Hrithik Roshan is a let-down in this movie. In some scenes he looks clue-less or we must say the directed left it on Hrithik to perform as he want. Smiling his way out where there is no necessity to do so. In some scenes you feel like he is repeating his act of “Koi Mil Gaya”, which definitely does not suit in this particular project. Was SLB trying to project Ethan as optimistic person or retarded one, SLB knows better. Aishwarya Rai does her part very well. Aditya Roy Kapoor once again impresses, after his performance in “Action Replayy.”

The movie revolves around the current state and case of Ethan with some flashbacks in between from his past and his helplessness. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has given yet another movie with blue shades in Guzaarish. The movie is basically a documentary rather than a movie. It describes life of Ethan and his surroundings and friends. There are some very touching scenes in the movie, but yes those are for few minutes and which leaves mark on you. But overall, its not a cinematic experience one would look for. It drags a lot and tests your patience. When you leave the cinema hall, you feel exhausted by this epic.

Verdict – 1 and Half Stars out of 5. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a great story-teller, but problem is he do not have a decent story in hand, let alone great.