Yesterday, I watched Guzarish – an Indian movie directed by Sanjaya Leela Bhansali starring Hrithik Roshan and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai. The movie – about a paralyzed magician’s petition to grant him mercy killing permission – has been well received by critics.
I liked the movie – more for the performances by the actors and emotions involved in that than the story itself. On a simple storyline, typical Bollywood style, (loves uniting at the end, hero doing all heroics including chasing away mother/lover after accidents so not to hurt them – wow! and hero teaching the son of the villain), the director has put through magical performances by actors loaded with emotions that ensures tears in many pairs of eyes (yes, including mine).
And, Goa – on a little outdoors scenes – is simply beautiful.
Let’s talk about the scene that I liked the most. A court hearing at the house of Ethan (the hero) where the prosecutors question some of those who are nearest and family members to him. I liked it most for a sole reason that it is able to grasp the human emotions best.
Before the hearing, he paralyzed man tries to get support for his petition on his radio show. Most of them say ‘no’ – because he is the real life hero and an inspiration for others differently abled people. The only one who says ‘yes’ is his ex-girlfriend whom he has (though special Bollywood formula of heroism) forced to promise that she would marry someone else and would never contact him.
During the hearing, the nurse (beautiful Rai who loves him), his mother (whom the hero had forced to make similar promise of not living with) and doctor (who had seen him for 12 years) are questions. All of them were really angry to hear about the petition; and are among those who loved Ethan most.
To the questions, they all, despite saying they do not want him to die, talks in favor of his petition. Why? For a very simple reason, the pain they have witnessed in Ethan in person. Nobody else, all those who thinks he is a brave survivor or an inspiration to live (by reading his book or listening to his radio or knowing about him) have not seen the pain – and although it doesn’t matter to all of them when he dies, it did matter to them their idol is no idol at all (all for the selfish nature of human).
For those who have seen him fight the complete paralysis, despite their love for him, they want him to be relived of all that pain. The emotions depicted on the faces of the actors in the scene are simply amazing, and when I put myself in any of the character, I do feel the pain of talking in favor of his death.
Kudos to the actors – and director for the scene – something that truly depicts the human emotions and shows the other face of love!
And, to all, Guzarish is a most watch Bollywood movie because this is the one you would love to remember and talk about for years!
If you are interested in the review of the movie – here is what Republica published.