Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Screenplay: Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Bhavani Iyer
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Shernaz Patel
Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Producer: SLB Films and UTV Motion Pictures
Rating: * * ½
Guzaarish For More Impact?
The debate about euthanasia or mercy-killing in India is not a new one. Sanjay Leela Bhansali takes a bold stand by highlighting the importance of mercy-killing (euthanasia) in his latest venture Guzaarish. However, because of the slow pace and the overuse of artistic methods in narrating a simple tale, the film caters only for the classes and not for average moviegoers. Plus, the script leaves few questions unanswered.
Ethan Masceranhas (Hrithik Roshan) was once a world famous magician who became paraplegic after suffering a near-fatal accident. Today, since fourteen years, Ethan is living in a miserable paraplegic condition. Although he is a cheerful lad who motivates others, through his radio show, to live life to the fullest, he files a petition for his own mercy-killing as he feels he has had enough of this paralytic life. But will he succeed in challenging the law which doesn’t allow a thing like euthanasia?
Bhansali executes some creatively touchy moments surrounding the central character but his and Bhavani Iyer’s screenplay strives too much to make a visual treat out of the subject. Although the art looks brilliant, it gives rise to a number of scenes that stretch the movie. Hence, the going becomes unfocussed and tedious which tests audiences’ patience.
Bhansali makes his debut as a music director with this film but apart from the song Udi, there isn’t much in the music department to talk about. Visually stunning cinematography and an apt background score act as big saving graces.
Hrithik Roshan deserves applause for agreeing to play a paraplegic character and essaying it in a manner that will move the audience. Easily one of his finest works till date. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan too displays her talents in a delightful manner by playing Hrithik’s nurse. But in spite of Hrithik and Aishwarya’s presence, Aditya Roy Kapur impresses with a lovable act. He is surely a lookout for the future. The rest of the cast also chips in with good performances.
Despite a big starcast, a well-known director and a number of heart-touching moments, the film will have a moderate run at the box-office because of the reasons already mentioned. Will only attract urban multiplex audience.
When Tears Stop, A Revolution Begins…
Ratings: * * * ½
Director: Anant Narayan Mahadevan
Production: Siddhivinayak Cine Vision
Story: Sindhutai Sapkal
Screenplay: Anant Narayan Mahadevan and Sanjay Pawar
Cast: Tejaswani Pandit, Jyoti Chandekar, Upendra Limaye, Suhas Palshikar
Women empowerment or women triumph isn’t a new topic for Indian cinema. The theme is explored in almost all Indian languages ever since the inception of cinema in the country. Despite this, Anant Narayan Mahadevan’s Mee Sindhutai Sapkal stands apart from all other pro-women films because of the heart-warming story of Sindhutai Sapkal and the interesting way in which the tale is narrated.
Based on Sapkal’s book Mee Vanvasi, the film tells the story of 12-year old Chindi who is married to a middle aged man (Upendra Limaye) and is later (when she reaches 26) abandoned by her husband and family as she is wrongly accused of infidelity. Things get worse for Chindi as even her own mother refuses to give her shelter fearing the society. It is from here on that Chindi’s real journey begins. She abandons her image of Chindi and becomes Sindhutai, a social reformer and a shelter for all homeless children.
Mahadevan and Sanjay Pawar’s screenplay is the biggest winner. Adapting a biography on celluloid can be a daunting task which the duo completes with maturity. Especially the mixture of flashback with the present scenario makes the goings special. Special mention should be made of those pre-interval sections where Sindhutai’s mind shifts to the past because of the small incidents that take place during her plane journey. Very creative indeed! And the way the importance of a mother is highlighted is highly touching. Cinematography and background score are apt for the subject.
As a director, Mahadevan continues from where he left in his last brilliantly conceived Red Alert-The War Within. He achieves utmost perfection in narrating the tale, capturing the location and bringing the best from his cast hence providing a number of brilliantly executed scenes. His first foray into Marathi cinema will be remembered for a long time.
Having said that, the film might not be admired by the commercial cine-goers who are looking for non-stop entertainment.
The efforts of the script writers, dialogue writer (Sanjay Pawar) the director wouldn’t have looked so impressive if Tejaswini Pandit hadn’t played the central character so wonderfully. Her performance is sure to touch you from start till the end as she gets into the skin of the character. In fact, she will be a contender for a National Award. Jyoti Chandekar’s portrayal of the older Sindhutai is equally lovable as one is forced to respect and admire her. The rest of the cast, especially Upendra Limaye leave an impact too. Neena Kulkarni is impressive in a cameo.
In a nutshell, Mee Sindhutai Sapkal is a must watch saga, which will move, inspire and motivate every human being irrespective of his/her gender who is eager to achieve something against all odds. The film should enjoy good collections at the box-office because of the strong word-of-mouth it’s receiving.