Guzarish – An ethereal request and a sublime denial marks the jubilation of SLB’s classic

‘Guzarish’ has the quintessential class of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It also marks the return of the filmmaker after the obvious debacle of ‘Saawariya’ (I know he terms it as his most valuable work till date). Even before I begin, I would like to conclude: if ‘Black’ gave the much needed impetus to the credentials of SLB, then ‘Guzarish’ catapults him to the elite ranks of ‘Numero Uno’ status in our country.

The life of a quadriplegic is summed up in a painful yet supremely exquisite fashion with sumptuous quantity of humane content. ‘Guzarish’ is not depressing; it augurs the inevitability of life with a positive fragrance that becomes the influx of this film with dramatic proportions. ‘Guzarish’ does not promote Euthenasia, it visibly states the agony and excruciating life (cannot be termed as pain since he doesn’t or cannot feel anything) of Ethan from the sole perspective of him being alive with the fact that he would never live his life on his own terms. ‘Guzarish’ clubs intensity with human emotions and judiciary indulgence at the expense of atrocity that Ethan has been a part of for the last 14 years.

His life is a quadrangular affair with Sophia (played emphatically by Aishwarya Rai) complimenting his life with roles of a friend, lover and wife, his best friend who loves him but detests his pain to forego the annals of the lawful system and his doctor, whose sole achievement in terms of sharing, perseverance and hope is Ethan. Yet, Ethan decides to call it quits after 14 years of vegetable-ism. Notwithstanding, his ‘Radio Zindagi’ is an outright success due to his phenomenal approach to life and inducting others in to the hall of fame for the sake of this beautiful life, which he feels, is to be lived and loved. Yet, he dispatches the news of his petition to the world with a pride of a god and convinces all that he is human.

Bhansali has dominated this film throughout and deservedly so. Sudeep Chatterjee’s cinematography is top class and the screenplay has been precise. For a subject like this, the editing has been almost perfect and the casting has delivered power house acts.

Finally, the performances. Let me not mince words here – ‘Guzarish’ will go down for Hrithik Roshan as his finest. He has evolved as an actor and Bhansali has discovered the true potential beyond measures. His moves, his posture, the magical aura and the disabled hunk has been depicted with rare authenticity. But he is not taking the cake alone. I would also rank this as Aishwarya Rai’s bravest attempt in celluloid and she impressed me with her histrionics here; whether it is her oblivious reaction to Ethan’s decision or when he proposes her before the ultimatum, her expressions were brilliant and covertly toned to the demands of the scene. Aditya Kapoor is a good prospect and I am sure we will see more of him future.

Well, I guess, my verdict is pretty clear. ‘Guzarish’ is SLB’s greatest offering since ‘Black’ and he has not disappointed me. I would be heading towards the theatres on a couple of more occasions to watch this spectacle unwind in front of me.

Flashback: Parzania – A story that leads to the glorious hell

If candy floss entertainment is your bane, then Parzania will be a very hard pill to swallow; I do not recommend it for those who are in a pretext to focus on the non-essentials.

‘Parzania’ is a heart wrenching tale of a middle class self satisfied yet open minded and suave family whose life comes to a standstill when pandemonium breaks in the form of the devastating riots in the heart of Godhra, Gujarat on the sinful day of 27th February, 2002.

Gujarat was and has never been the same place since and India as a nation, visited apocalypse, again.

The sort of portrayal of a simple yet jovial family reaches it’s fulcrum of defeat and agony when one fine day, hundreds and thousands of Hindu activists romp in to a muslim community in retaliation of the murder of around 59 people (predictably Hindus) who were reportedly returning from Ayodhya in a train in Godhra. What follows is sheer madness and the utter sense of disrespect amongst cannibals for human lives. Women are raped (even little girls are not spared), men are tonsured and brutally murdered in front of their kith and kin and children are just dismissed as another set of commodities who breathe. ‘Parzania’ is a true depiction, inspired by real life events that unfolded on that fateful day in Gujarat and India, and very few would want to recollect those shameful events that marked yet another ignominious chapter in the annals of Indian history.

Dholakia directs admirably with an impeccable star cast; Naseer is rock solid and Sarika is an able ally. The little kids exude innocence, especially Parzan, whose pseudo image and could-be evolution of the fantasy zone is the sole soul of ‘Parzania’.

‘Parzania’ is a must for very Indian who is proud for what India is not. If given a chance, I would give it a miss, for my heart bleeds when I watched those tearful moments on screen and would urge you all to watch it for our future generations. I beg you, this is not the India I want. Neither do you.

Greatness. The ultimate prize of invaluable proportions..

When a legend talks, you realise that his legacy was not an outcome of yet another robust yet hard working day; it was a result of blood and sweat that lasted over a lifetime.

When a legend talks, his speech has charisma and the way of his expressions exude panache. Those reverberating words of wisdom, the ability to relate themselves to their roots and how their beginning was a struggle as it is for every pedestrian individual we come across during our mundane tenure in life is an absolute treat to hear and decipher.

When a legend talks, it’s very easy to have him/her dismissed by tagging him to statements such as ‘talent came easily to you’ or ‘you never had to work as hard as we had to’. I believe, those statements are the hallmark of hypocrites who cease to admit their flaws despite occurrences that suggest otherwise. I call them ‘dumb’.

When a legend talks, I don’t see a superstar. I see a human being who had the balls to challenge his abilities in every platform of life and came up trumps. He treated obstacles with disdain and accepted his nemesis as his warrior who led him to those impeccable doors of divine existence.

When a legend talks, I see a person who knows his strengths like the back of his palm and understands blemishes like any other human would. Moreover, acceptance and audacity are their watch words and they continue to do what they are best in doing. Excel. Experiment. Evolve.

When a legend talks, humility is his biggest possession and tears define his persona behind the larger-than-life image that is depicted to this sane world of insane inhabitants.

When a legend talks, I listen. I admire. I get inspired.