Guzaarish is another movie that takes me time to think on how I can review it in a way that would deliver its real beauty. This movie is all about beauty, if I tell you it is and then you know what I mean!
The story is of the great magician Ethan Mascarenhas (Roshan), who requests to be dignified by getting euthanasia (the mercy killing) with the help of his best friend, the lawyer Devyani Dutta (), after being a quadriplegic for 14 year. When the court denies his case, Ethan proposes his appeal for people to vote through his radio show, Radio Zindaghi, which is run from his home, and directed by his nurse Sofia D'Souza (Aishwarya). Being a model for millions of people, Ethan is faced with harsh responses, but he, who has been a conquer of millions lives, is in despair with his own. Out of nowhere, a young man called Omar Siddiqui () appears, and fights to learn magic from Ethan, and reveals to us the shocking tragedy of Ethan’s quadriplegia. Sofia who has nursed Ethan for 12 years, and whose life is defined by the daily rituals of serving her master, stands against his request, but eventually tries to satisfy his desire, in a different way.
Guzaarish (request) is a great drama romance movie, and, literally, a work of art. We are constantly shifted in and out between Ethan’s glory days, and despair current ones. Ethan’s magic tricks and performances are spectacular; you would be mesmerized as you watch the gracefulness and beauty. Sofia is like a piece of art along with the chapel-like mansion; an art of old ages. Her gypsy style, her beautiful earrings, and the only dance she did in the movie is so charming. The mansion, each and every detail on the walls, and the furniture and the garden, and the great landscapes of Goa, are all jewel-like portraits. The cinematography (Sudeep Chatterjee) is literally captivating; you would be indulged and enchanted as you watch.
The idea of mercy killing is denied by all means to everyone, but if we consider it from Ethan’s perspective, what is such stage a person might reach to appeal for and face death so eagerly! Looking at Ethan being a model for so many people, who wants him alive for them, but what about him, what about his own life; a life where he can’t fulfill or satisfy his basic needs or desires, nor even scratch his nose! In such a case, could he be granted euthanasia, what is left for him from life?
When I first watched this movie, I directly grabbed my notebook and started jotting down quotes. Ethan’s radio show is so inspiring, the way he presents it, his sense of humor, and his presence in the moment … this is the kind of truthful absolutely beautiful movie which calls out to enjoy life, live every moment, “laugh loudly, forgive quickly and love deeply”.
You won't regret any tear you shed!
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