Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Guzaarish… love is thy fate

I am not an active blogger... rather I am not a 'blogger' in the true sense of the term. I am more of a 'pen and paper' person and like to scribble notes in my diary and keep it for publishing in print for some book I plan to write some day.

However, there is some energy that tempted me to attempt writing a review of this 'oh-so-marvelous' movie Guzaarish. I am completely smitten by the movie in its totality. We often make a big deal about falling in love. But this film is all about 'rising in love' and 'diving into life'.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali hits the bull’s eye with this one after a bouncer of a Saawariya. Notwithstanding some forgettable loopholes in the movie as the drama unfolds, Bhansali creates ‘magic’. And he scores an ace with his debut as a music director too.

If you are thinking why you should watch Guzaarish when it may be a disturbing emotional drama, I would say it is the opposite. The life of a quadriplegic and the issue of ‘Euthanasia’ have been portrayed sensibly and sensitively. The narrative is tenderly woven with love and gives a different dimension to this weirdly worldly emotion.
Hrithik Roshan has lived up to his name yet again. Hrithik's acting, killer-looks, dialog delivery, dance moves—his overall screen presence will touch your heart, as if Ethan Mascarenhas is indeed Hrithik Roshan. And so far, critics who have maintained that in any movie, Hrithik outgrows the protagonist's character will have to revisit their stand now.

If someone plans to make a Hindi movie on Jesus Christ, Hrithik or John Abraham should be the obvious choices, I guess.

If Hrithik impressed all, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been the true 'surprise package' in Guzaarish. Ash did it with her expressions, her histrionics, and of course her divine looks. She was so believably incredible that I wondered if she is really in love with Hrithik!

Aishwarya sizzles gracefully in the song sequence 'Udi'. Sunidhi Chauhan's soulful rendition and Sofia’s performance, especially when she enacts the song, before doing the lip-sync is remarkable. And, though not a Rai admirer (before Guzaarish), I am sure no other actor could have done justice to this song but Aishwarya. As a kid, girls often have this huge crush on the mirror and like spending hours enacting song sequences in front of the mirror and admiring themselves ;). In this scene, Ash reminds me of those crazy, uncanny moments when we shed all inhibitions and emphasize on the child-like innocence within us. Ash performs with such ease and dexterity, that this scene becomes the ‘it’ moment of the movie... to me, at least.

At another level, Aditya Ray Kapur impresses again as the 'cute-boy-next-door'. Even the characterization of Shernaz Patel as Devyani is noteworthy.

Well, to sum it up then, if you have laughed, if you have cried, and if you have felt love while watching the movie, that is the true success of Guzaarish. Sofia loved and lost, but she loved nevertheless. Timeless, selfless love.

If I had the power, I would probably rename the movie as 'Mutthi bhar zindagi'. Please go watch Guzaarish now, if you haven’t already.


  1. wow ..... I am flabbergasted .... your pen is mightier than your speech .... kudos ... i really wanna go watch it now ..can visualise the movie through your blog ....

  2. Thanks so much SD! And as a true-blue Hrithik lover, you MUST watch the movie ASAP :)

  3. I think movies speak differently to different people and you have done a great job at expressing what it meant to you !

  4. Lovely description of Guzaarish..I am simply inspired to watch this movie at the earliest. Keep writing ,you sound youthful in your thoughts:-))