“Learning to Fly”
Director and music by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring – Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Shernaz Patel, Nafisa Ali & Aditya Roy Kapoor
Ethan Mascarenhas has quadriplegia and relies on Sofia D’Souza for everything. Ethan was once a renowned magician who was known as Merlin but due to an ‘accident’ is left with this condition. Ethan has nothing left to live for and wants to die. Euthanasia is not legal in Goa so on his radio show he starts a petition for ‘Project Ethanasia’. That’s all I can tell you about the plot of the movie.
But I can tell you about everything else.
Let’s start with the small things. The music is by the director himself and what a job he has done. Just a few songs which are mainly used in the background to compliment the visuals. Wonderful. The costumes by Sabyasachi were spot on and suited each and every character and made them look so real.
Aishwarya Rai has admittedly been someone who I have not been a massive fan of but boy have I changed my mind. No one else could have bought the maturity and grace to this role as she did. I commend her for a wonderful job as Ethan’s nurse, for bringing some love and fun into his life. I might start wearing red lipstick now.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali. What a man, what a visionary, what a film! Every aspect of this movie is just quality and class. Nothing has been left untouched by has magic and I was mesmerised from the opening to the closing frame. Apparently Guzaarish hasn’t done well in Asia but I don’t care. Everyone should see this movie as it is what Indian cinema needs to be known for. Classy film making and Guzaarish is a piece of classic and thought provoking film making. After the debacle of Saawariya I had lost some faith. I can say I wasn’t the biggest fan of Devdas and thought his best film was Khamoshi but Guzaarish tops that! The attention to detail even to the smallest things like the scarecrow in the field which has a hat on like Hrithik is wearing and the designs of the vases, the architecture and the background score. Pure magic.
Hrithik. Oh Hrithik my dear. You are wasted in Bollywood. Undoubedtly the finest actor of our generation. No one can touch you. Kites again didn’t do too well but that was also an example of magnificent film making. The way he just touched your heart sitting in that wheelchair, the expressions, the clothes, the way he presented the radio show and mainly just the way he pulled at your heartstrings because he literally couldn’t do anything when Aishwarya’s husband comes and hits her. He is restrained and can’t do anything and that’s why he wanted to take his own life, as so many people want to, and Hrithik has once more got it right. Hrithik made Ethan real.
An inspiring and thought provoking movie. A piece of classic film making by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and a magnificent performance from Hrthik Roshan.
Guzaarish official website: http://www.guzaarishthefilm.com/