Movie Review: Guzaarish (2010)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★½☆
Box Office: Flop

Bollywood appears to be inclined towards exploring rare illnesses/disorders/disabilities, with directors casting megastars in characters to raise awareness about the lesser-known ailments. In GHAJINI, Aamir Khan had short-term memory loss [Anterograde Amnesia]. In PAA, Amitabh Bachchan played a child afflicted with Progeria. In MY NAME IS KHAN, SRK was shown suffering from Asperger Syndrome. In TAARE ZAMEEN PAR, Aamir Khan portrayed problems of Dyslexic children. In BLACK, Amitabh Bachchan was shown succumbing to Alzheimer’s. In KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK, Farhan Akhtar portrayed a Schizophrenic.

This is not the first time that master film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has attempted a movie that has the protagonist suffering from a serious disability. In GUZAARISH, Hrithik Roshan suffers from Paraplegia, a complete paralysis of the lower half of the body, including both legs, usually caused by damage/injury to the spinal cord.

Set in Goa, it tells the story of an accomplished magician Ethan Mascarenhas [Hrithik Roshan]. Ethan suffers serious injuries when one of his magical trick goes horribly wrong, turning him to a Paraplegic. Confined to a wheel chair, Ethan becomes a Radio Jockey at an FM Station called Radio Zindagi. His show talks of hope, laughter and sunshine and it’s difficult to imagine that the man behind it has been immobilized with a spinal injury for the last fourteen years of his life. Sofia [Aishwarya Rai Bachchan], a nurse, takes good care of him; they share a silent love.

Ethan files a petition in court for mercy killing. This decision of Ethan leaves Sofia stunned. Ethan takes the help of friend-lawyer Devyani [Shernaz Patel] to support his appeal. Even Ethan’s mother Isabel [Nafisa Ali] supports him in his petition, although Ethan is persuaded by his physician Dr. Nayak [Suhel Seth] to retract his case. Alongside all this, Omar [Aditya Roy Kapur] enters Ethan’s life with the aim of learning magic from him. Impressed by Omar’s love for magic, Ethan agrees to pass on his legacy to him.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “GUZAARISH is an invigorating tale”
4.0 “A film like Guzaarish isn’t made for the box office. It’s made for the gratification of the senses.”
4.0 “Guzaarish is the real thing.A big, beautiful, dazzling emotional movie experience. You won’t see a better film this year.”
4.0 “Summing it up, Guzaarish, despite its warts, could be the best film of 2010.”
3.5 “GUZAARISH is poignant, amazing and simply ‘magical’. A sincere ‘guzaarish’, please go watch it.”
3.5 “Overall, Guzaarish may not be an outstanding piece of cinema”
3.0 “You get overwhelmed at first; leave slightly under-whelmed, eventually.That’s the story of this otherwise fine film.”
3.0 “Guzaarish may not be perfect but somehow, it wins you over in the end. Make it your weekend watch!”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Here is a filmmaker who needs a playwright — and, in equal measure, an occasional slap on the wrist.”
Negative Reviews

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