Guzaarish (2010)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali ♦ 123 mins ♦ Drama ♦ India

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Life is very short, my friends. But it’s long enough if you live with all your heart. So go on, break the rules; Forgive quickly, love truly — never regret anything that made you smile.

Buong pusong pahayag ni Ethan Mascarenhas, isang former magician turned quadriplegic because of a very nasty accident we eventually get to see in the course of the film. The film I am pertaining to, of course, is गुज़ारिश (Guzaarish), or simply Request in English.

Set and mostly shot in beautiful Goa, ang ganda lang ng juxtaposition na nangyari between the extremely sensual experience which is the cinema at ng kuwento ng pelikulang ito na tungkol sa isang taong nawalan naman hindi lamang ng bodily sensations, kung hindi, more importantly, pati ng capability at autonomy.

Ang ganda ng bawat frame, ang ganda ng kirot niya sa puso during some scenes, ang ganda ng mga main characters physically and kahit pagdating sa acting (lalo na si Hrithik as Ethan) and, most importantly, ang ganda ng subject ng film na ito.

I do admit, medyo pilit/contrived siya in more than a few moments and that takes a lot of the earnestness away from it, making Guzaarish less affecting than it could have been. It sometimes comes off as saccharine and over-the-top (watch the “Shake me!” scene to get what I mean) and medyo problematic naman in others. A good example of it being problematic is how the litigation scene/s served as vehicle/s to spout rhetoric without any way/means for a proper rebuttal from the vilified side. Medyo underhanded ang approach, hindi ba? Major turn-off ito, for me at least, kahit parehas kami ng paniniwala ni SLB sa issue na ito sa tunay na buhay. I don’t like how this film never trusts its audience to do the thinking for themselves, lalo’t it’s about such a sensitive and contentious subject matter. Society’s maturity on matters such as this one relies heavily on individuals making their own minds about it. Hindi peer pressure o popularity o bandwagoning na inemploy ng pelikulang ito. Sa aspetong yun, disappointing itong Guzaarish, pero that’s the lowest it went naman na, to be fair.

Having said all that though, I’d still watch it again if I have the opportunity to do so, and I gladly recommend it to everybody else; even if it’s just to look at the mesmerizing luster of Hrithik’s beard, the wonderfully elusive charm of Aishwarya’s smile or the immersive appeal of Chatterjee’s take on Goa.

Full Credits

directorSanjay Leela Bhansali|producerSanjay Leela Bhansali|writerSanjay Leela Bhansali(screenplay) Bhavani Iyer(screenplay & dialogue) Vibhu Puri(dialogue) AM Turaz(lyrics)|castHrithik Roshan Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Shernaz Patel Aditya Roy Kapoor Nafisa Ali Moni Kangana Dutta Suhel Seth|cameraSudeep Chatterjee|musicSanjay Leela Bhansali|editingHemal Kothari|production designAcropolis Sumit Basu|art directionRajnish Hedao|costumeSabyasachi Mukherji|soundDileep Subramaniam|castingAmita Sehgal|productionPrime Focus Sanjay Leela Bhansali Films UTV Motion Pictures|distributionMind Blowing Films(2010, Australia) Star Films(2011, Peru|year2010|length123’|genredrama romance Bollywood courtroom|spoken languageHindi English|subtitlesSRT file(English)|countryIndia

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