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Guzaarish is an art museum. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is the perfectly chiseled curator and Hrithik Roshan an almost statue. And this once, it’s not his acting I’m complaining about, the script demands him to stay put. You are watching them etched in many exotic, exquisite paintings frame after frame. So, what if the very basis of the story is pointless and there are gaping holes which are difficult to digest.



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Did you read about people getting offended by Laxman’s (Shreyas Talpade’s) stammering in Golmaal 3. Then there is someone who thinks Aishwarya Rai seen smoking on a poster will set a trend of guess what? Smoking! Hail the power of cinema. One of the main themes in Guzaarish is euthanasia! That gives everyone who’s going to die a subscription to the i-am-offended association. AND just imagine the trend that the theme is going to set!?

And no I didn’t give the movie away. It’s right there in the promos.

Now that I’ve offended everyone who takes death and by conjecture everything about life seriously, euthanasia is something I love talking about. And still a film about it isn’t getting me very excited. Thanks to Bhansali’s capacity to over-romanticize anything. And I can barely tolerate mere romanticization of even romance. Ok, sorry...

That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate his color palate. Simply mind-blowing it is. And thus, I’m looking forward to the visual treat. Oh yeah, and I really appreciate that the makers have gone a mile and more to get required permission for using some dialogues from a film that has inspired a scene in the film.

SLB incorporates original dialogues from Zeffirelli's Romeo & Juliet in Guzaarish. Was it easy getting permission to use material from Zeffirelli's film in Guzaarish? Laughs SLB, "Not really. We had to seek out people who were either long gone or in retirement. But I was adamant. This was my only chance to pay homage to one of my all-time favourite screen romances."

Yes, it is something that should be taken for granted instead of being given special recognition. But, for all the reasons one can think of, such regard for others’ work makes me admire everyone involved.

Anyway, that still doesn’t mean I’m going to be saved from the attempts at acting by HIT JODI Hrithik Roshan-Aishwarya Rai. Interestingly, they too acknowledge that they can influence the outcome only so much. In an interview Hrithik Roshan says, “We have had 100 per cent results till now (Dhoom 2 and Jodha Akbar). We could be lucky one more time!”

Wish you luck!

Music Reviews -
milliblog - "Please get yourself a music composer, Mr. Bhansali."

dunkdaft - "Lyrics of Guzaarish, tries hard to be 'Gulzar'ish, but fails miserably."

music aloud - "7.5/10"

apun ka choice - " 3.5/5 "

Bollyspice - "With the beautiful music and lyrics all you can say is, WOW!"

Hindustan Times - "the filmmaker-turned-composer has done an astounding job, aptly capturing the mood and feel of the film that stars Hrithik Roshan as a paraplegic and Aishwarya Rai as his nurse."

Bollywood Hungama - "Composer Sanjay Leela Bhansali makes a very good impression as the first time composer for a complete album."

Passion For Cinema - "bring back pleasant memories of Saawariya’s soundtrack"

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