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Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Elixir of Life!

This film tells us the story of Ethan Mascarenhas (Hrithik Roshan), a bed-ridden, wheelchair-bound quadriplegic who was a renowned magician once but has spent the last 14 years of his life as a breathing vegetable confined within the musty walls of a run-down villa somewhere in the rain-soaked Goa, due to an accident which took place during one of his magic acts, 14 years back.

 

Sophia D'Souza, (Aishwarya Rai) his nurse for 12 years, bathes him, feeds him, brushes his teeth, scratches his nose when he's itchy, and also bears his tantrums. Ethan's only contact with the outside world is his radio show "Hello Zindagi" which he jockeys. Ironically, the man who tells others to embrace life and gives others hope and the will to live, on his Radio Show, seeks to end his own by filing a petition in court to end his own suffering through Euthnesia or Mercy Killing. He fights a hard legal battle, to end his long suffering. Ironically again, the people who stand by him in his struggle are the ones who are the closest to him and love him the most - his lawyer friend Devyani Dutta (Shernaz Patel), his Doctor, Dr. Nayak (Suhel Seth), his newfound Magic Student and Apprentice, Omar Siddiqui (Aditya Roy Kapoor), his mother (Nafisa Ali), his former lover and assistant Estella Francis (Monikangana Dutta) and, last but not the least, Sophia, whom Ethan regards as "more than a friend, his lover and eventually even takes as his wife". But the question is - will the court go against the constitution and grant Ethan his wish, his Guzaarish?

 

At the end of the day, it is Hrithik Roshan who steals the show with his humdinger of a performance. Solely through his facial expressions, eyes, and voice modulations, Hrithik brings to life the character of a self-mocking, life-embracing, death-seeking Paraplegic character who's exuberant one moment and depressed the next. It would be pity if Hrithik doesn't sweep the best actor trophies in the award season early next year. Aishwarya Rai, looking stunning in low-neck costumes that are no doubt incongruous with her character of a nurse, is also in form once again. Shernaz Patel is her naturally talented gorgeous self Suhel Seth does a decent job too. Aditya Roy Kapoor, the guy with a frizzy mop on his head, performs convincingly well and the absolutely gorgeous looking and stunning Monikangana is there for just a couple of scenes.

 

Summing it up, Guzaarish, has the potential to be the best film of 2010. More than its awesome visuals, it's the message of the film that wins you over. In pursuing his own death, the film's hero teaches us a few things about life itself: live fully, forgive quickly and kiss slowly. It is Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Elixir of Life. Get drunk on it.

 

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