Guzaarish: A complex and compelling reality
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Shernaz Patel, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Monikangana Dutta, Rajit Kapoor
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
The scales do tilt in favor of Hrithik. His character in his latest outing ‘Guzaarish’ has been well crafted and the actor has managed to pull it off completely well with real emotions and feelings.
Compared to his earlier acting ventures, his career could reap the benefits from ‘Guzaarish’, since the actor has used most of his acting prowess by embodying real feelings and depth. You just can’t help but admire Hrithik for his powerful performance of a quadriplegic.
Set in Goa, the film gives a glimpse of the impending theatrical fantasy when it opens with Ethan Marencanhas (played by Hrithik) abode, the man who was once a magician.
An unfortunate accident turns him into an invalid, tied-to his bed for 14 years. Living the life of a loner, Ethan the wheelchair-bound quadriplegic conjurer with crooked hands hosts a Radio show ‘Radio Zindagi’.
Caught in this lonely world with him is his nurse Sofia D'Souza (played by Aishwarya Rai), who had devoted 12 years of her life taking care of Ethan, emotionally and physically.
‘Guzaarish’, which revolves around a grave issue like mercy killing shows Ethan standing adamant on his decision to end his life, even after his physician, Dr Nayak (Suhel Seth) tells him to renege the idea.
While his doctor fails to convince him against the idea, it is his initially reluctant friend and lawyer (played by Shernaz Patel) who obliges to file a legal appeal for mercy killing as wanted by him.
The emotional war of words continue till an interesting twist named Omar Siddique (played by Aditya Roy Kapoor) lands in the plot wanting to learn magic from the greatest magician.
The plot is infused with general doses of emotional twists and turns, which reaches a heart-wrenching crescendo when the entire set of long-time, weather-beaten friends gather together for a last meal.
Sanjay’s ‘Guzaarish’ is a masterstroke of tangling emotions that is shockingly heartening and poignant.
Thumbs up for Sanjay and his entire cast for creating unabashed magic on-screen.