Posted on 21 November 2010.
Title : Guzaarish
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Monikangana Dutta, Suhel Seth
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Guzaarish, its story revolves around Ethan(Hrithik Roshan) an immobile artiste, can be quite a ‘moving’ movie for many. Being a Sanjay Leela Bhansali I was half expecting something along the lines of Saawariya(2007) and his other works, laced with melodrama and unending dialogues. But surprisingly the delivery for this film was pleasant. A quest for death has not been so elegantly and beautifully portrayed as in Guzaarish.
The story in itself is a beautifully constructed one, slow yet mesmerizing, heart touching yet witty and its takes you on a journey that seeks and end. It weaves around the fine life that Ethan had and no longer can due to his Quadriplegic state. His journey to peace and making a choice that is his own and not the society’s moral inspectors to take is heavily marked in the film. The movie surely strikes a moral chord,on the mercy killing part and many would leave the theater wondering if the character had a valid case and in real life does this hold true too.
A huge wild card that was revealed in this film was Hrithik Roshan’s performance. I am not a fan, but this movie certainly gave me a different perspective for me on his acting. There were times in the movie where Ethan’s pain and his inability to express anger and such emotions and the ensuing frustration being passed onto me. Now a decent actor is one who plays the character well, a good actor is someone who can actually get you to connect with his/her character and create empathy or any such feeling.
Sophie played by Aishwarya Rai, is another character that played a mainstay in the film. Aishwarya carried that role marvelously. Sophie has a quiet, strong demeanor about her, elegance oozes subtly and her loyalty and love towards Ethan so painfully obvious and beautifully expressed. This is one of the movie’s where she has played her character with a strong hold and the best part is that it was not corny like some of her many previous performances.
The supporting characters all play their parts quite solidly, the close friend, the helping hands, the adviser and the student. They all hold their role and support the story striking a delicate balance with the main story.
Visually, it is a delight; the colors, the tones and the locations are marvelous. It has a ‘period’ movie look to it and I was half reveling in the shots from the movie. Colors are deep, dark, subtle and has life to it. The Goan style is lightly shown with a balance of the Portuguese influence, the visuals can take you a different journey. Photography is something you can marvel in the film. The music has some beautiful scores, some can be painfully slow but each plays its part for the movie in whole.
The storyline from the beginning to the end is gracefully captured and if you are out for a pretty good movie out from Bollywood in recent times, Guzaarish can be it. Its different, it is relevant, its is tastefully done and it will keep you wanting for more as the movie progresses. I do not wish to give out much about the story as you must watch it to really enjoy it.