Thank You SLB for “Guzaarish”

It is Eid time in Qatar. Four consecutive days off and added to that is weekend. We could not plan a short vacation out of Doha due to recent change in my job and attendant issues relating to Visa etc. Now I find that being in Doha during Eid is the best thing to do. As lots of people have left Doha on short vacation, roads are free of traffic jams, parking is not a problem and then weather is great. So we are having great time visiting shopping malls, parks and cinema.
I was pleasantly surprised today to see an ad in the newspaper stating that the movie Guzaarish is being shown in Citicenter. In normal times, it is very difficult to get a parking place in Citicenter…but today parking spaces were aplenty. Further, this movie is yet to be released in India (scheduled to be released on 19th Nov.) So we seized this opportunity to see a SLB (Sanjay Leela Bansali Film) and we were not disappointed at all.
The movie is a visual treat. Very pleasing colours, beautiful location (Goa) and above all…beautiful people (Aishwarya, Hrithik, Nafisa Ali, Shernaz Patel etc.). The storyline is unusual and I like such unusual themes. I was so absorbed that I could not take a call on my mobile from a friend during the movie.
It is a Goan story and it is about an accomplished magician Ethan Mascarenhas played by Hrithik Roshan. Ethan suffers serious spinal injuries when one of his magical trick was sabotaged, 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. It is now fourtenn years since Ethan became an invalid. Sofia, played by Aishwarya , is a nurse, takes good care of him. She is having a troubled marriage. Sofia is cool and efficient and has not taken a single day’s leave since she started looking after Ethan (i.e., since last 12 years).

Tired of his condition, Ethan files a petition in court for mercy killing. This decision of Ethan leaves Sofia stunned. Ethan takes the help of friend-lawyer Devyani Dutta, played by 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 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. The movie has an unusual ending which was to my liking.
SLB has handled the narrative really well. The dialogues were sharp and to the point. There is no single scene in the movie which will not add to the narrative. The acting of Hrithik is excellent. All others have done well, including the Priest. It must be said that Hrithik and Aishwarya exude a certain dignity and elegance, much needed for a sensitive film of this magnitude and caliber.Costumes are also pleasing. I simply loved the flash-back scenes showing Magic performances of Ethan.
The movie may not be liked by people who enjoy normal (very much in the beaten track) plots. This movie is without any fights, Hero is an invalid and there are no masala scenes like Munni of Dabangg. But it has a strong story-line, good dialogues, excellent performances making the characters memorable, and pleasing visuals.
Overall, it was a good treat. My thanks to SLB.

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