Thu, 18 Nov 2010 15:53:54 GMT | By Raj Narayan

'Guzaarish': Bhansali tells an "Inspired" tale

MSN's incisive dissection of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Guzaarish'

Review of Guzaarish

Search the internet for movies on euthanasia and you get more than a thousand results that match your requirement. Sanjay Leela Bhansali's latest movie 'Guzaarish' is an ode to a quadriplegic man's desire to end his suffering that is closer to two movies than most others - one is an Oscar winning Hollywood film of the 1990s and the other a Spanish film on the real-life story of a sailor.

The 2004 Spanish film Mar adentro ('The Sea Inside') told the life story of Ramon Sampedro who fought for three decades to win the right to die in dignity. Starring Javier Bardem, the movie follows the final days of a former sailor who becomes a quadriplegic after a sailing accident and is refused the right to kill himself by the courts. How a group of people close to him help his fight to end a painful life is what makes up the story.

The other movie that cine buffs may readily recall while watching Bhansali's film is the 1996 Oscar winner 'The English Patient' where a nurse attends to a badly burnt soldier whose life tale is told in flashback. In a similar vein, 'Guzaarish' tells the tale of magician Ethan Mascarenhas (Hrithik Roshan) who wants to end his suffering despite loving life to the extreme.

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