Guzaarish Movie Review

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Screenplay: Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Bhavani Iyer

Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Shernaz Patel

Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Producer: SLB Films and UTV Motion Pictures

Rating: * * ½


Guzaarish For More Impact?

The debate about euthanasia or mercy-killing in India is not a new one. Sanjay Leela Bhansali takes a bold stand by highlighting the importance of mercy-killing (euthanasia) in his latest venture Guzaarish. However, because of the slow pace and the overuse of artistic methods in narrating a simple tale, the film caters only for the classes and not for average moviegoers. Plus, the script leaves few questions unanswered.

Ethan Masceranhas (Hrithik Roshan) was once a world famous magician who became paraplegic after suffering a near-fatal accident. Today, since fourteen years, Ethan is living in a miserable paraplegic condition. Although he is a cheerful lad who motivates others, through his radio show, to live life to the fullest, he files a petition for his own mercy-killing as he feels he has had enough of this paralytic life. But will he succeed in challenging the law which doesn’t allow a thing like euthanasia?

Bhansali executes some creatively touchy moments surrounding the central character but his and Bhavani Iyer’s screenplay strives too much to make a visual treat out of the subject. Although the art looks brilliant, it gives rise to a number of scenes that stretch the movie. Hence, the going becomes unfocussed and tedious which tests audiences’ patience.

Bhansali makes his debut as a music director with this film but apart from the song Udi, there isn’t much in the music department to talk about. Visually stunning cinematography and an apt background score act as big saving graces.

Hrithik Roshan deserves applause for agreeing to play a paraplegic character and essaying it in a manner that will move the audience. Easily one of his finest works till date. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan too displays her talents in a delightful manner by playing Hrithik’s nurse. But in spite of Hrithik and Aishwarya’s presence, Aditya Roy Kapur impresses with a lovable act. He is surely a lookout for the future. The rest of the cast also chips in with good performances.

Despite a big starcast, a well-known director and a number of heart-touching moments, the film will have a moderate run at the box-office because of the reasons already mentioned. Will only attract urban multiplex audience.

6 responses to this post.

  1. hi keyur,

    i like your review but my problem is with this ;line
    “the film caters only for the classes and not for average moviegoer”

    the film has to be good or bad…
    you classified it like other reviewers.
    i don’t like this classification personally…

    think once it is worth to classify film audience in this segments?
    what do you mean by average moviegoer?
    the person who goes to see movies to entertain him self?
    means movies should be made just 4 entertainment?


    • Hi Jigisha,
      Thanks for commenting and appreciating.

      About my statement, I fully stand by what I said. Fortunately or unfortunately, there are two types of audiences in Bollywood. This can be seen from the fact that the film hasn’t got a very good opening despite a big starcast. Abhi bhi aaj ki tickets available hain in almost every multiplex. I just checked. Normally a film with Hrithik and Aishwarya will get sold out (especially Sunday shows) in advance but this is not the case with Guzaarish.
      So there are two types of audiences. And after watching the movie, I personally felt this one is not for the masses. Hence, the statement.

      Cheers and regards,



  2. Posted by Himadri on November 22, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Very Well written Keyur. You have written like a professional. It is lucid and easy to understand..keep it up buddy…


    • Thanks so much dear. God bless you 🙂


      • Posted by Annabelle Satpatiwala on November 24, 2010 at 5:53 am

        Good Review !
        Bhansali has alwaz touch sensitive topics in his movies n casts talented actors !
        The drawbacks being he alwaz tries 2 portray his movies unrealistic n larger than life n d audience finds it hard 2 digest n believe n tas wr Bhansali goes wrong ! The Core of the Script n Story looses its essence in d film n it turns 2 a BO flop !
        Bhansali sud learn to keep his movies REAL ! Coz His Storylines are Touching -he sud stop living in an Illusional world !
        I saw d real pic of Guzarish minus all d Magic n Illusion n tas Y I liked d Movie !!

      • Very rightly said Anna. He needs to make it look realistic and come out of his illusionistic or dreamy world.
        Thanks for the comment 🙂

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