Guzaarish - External Reviews

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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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47 reviewers have given Guzaarish an average rating of 3.2/5.0 (?)

23 yays
10 nays
14 so-so

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Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Guzaarish, with excellent cinematography by Sudeep Chatterjee, carries forward Bhansali’s penchant with the nocturnal hues. ... full review

Thumbs up Best Of Bollywood ...Only a prolific director manner like Sanjay Bhansali, who understands emotions well, can do poetic justice like this. ... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Karmalkar, Bollywood Chaska ...The major drawback to the film is for sure the excessive use of English. This may act as a barrier in regional India. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...Bhansali has worked himself to the grind and his presence is felt in every frame of GUZAARISH. ... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Mantra engrossing... full review

Thumbs up by Bollyfan, Cinemaa Online ...Though the main plot is a clear inspiration from Alejandro Amenabar masterpiece The Sea Inside, Bhansali manages to craft a fiercely individual film, spurred on by his larger than life cinematic vision, memorable characters and some lusty performances.... full review

Thumbs up desi hits ...Guzaarish breaks boundaries and brings Bollywood a beautiful story and film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Renuka Rao, DNA ...Rai, for a change, delivers a commendable performance as the affectionate yet stern caretaker; but her peculiar costumes and garish make-up act as a downside. ... full review

Thumbs up Dunkdaft ...I am not a fan of Aishwarya, but somehow there are some directors who know how to present her such beautifully, how to get her act, and SLB is the one who knows that.... full review

Thumbs up by Pankaj Sabnani, ...Watch out for the argument scene between Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Shernaz Patel.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, ...Hrithik Roshan as Ethan is mind blowing and has done an award winning performance. His mannerism, psychic jokes {I have enough attachments, etc}, looks, dialog delivery, etc all are of top notch.... full review

Thumbs up by Paromeeta Mathur Banerjee, uncharacteristically restrained Aishwarya who looked mind numbingly beautiful... full review

Thumbs up by Aakash Barvalia, ...Hrithik is back in action, and we just simply wish him to see not only in his home production but also in various other such films.... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita Tanwar, MiD DAY ...The track of the other jealous magician (Ash Chandler) is forced and unnecessary... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...Guzaarish' sees a flawless blending of technique with content. ... full review

Thumbs up by Raj Narayan, MSN Entertainment ...a veritable canvas painted by Bhansali through the eyes of cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee who uses Goa in the rains to tell this tale of a man doomed... full review

Thumbs up by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now ...The pace, apart from the screenplay, is also helped by some remarkable performances.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now ..."Guzaarish" is a joyous, rapturous and ecstatic celebration of life.... full review

Thumbs up by Ankit Ojha, Planet Bollywood ...Tubby and Parik’s background score is absolutely breathtaking, and one of the best since Love Aaj Kal.... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, equally fantastic music to the movie's songs like "Tera Zikr Hai Ya Itra Hai" and "Sau Gram Zindagi' besides the title track... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ...The numbers ‘Tera Zikra hai’ and ‘Sau gram’ have earthy touch and are likely to strike a better chord with the audiences. ... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai who leave an indelible impression with their interpretation of two extremely difficult and unconventional characters who do not have the usual props to express grief, joy, pain and passion... full review

Thumbs up by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...Shot in the picturesque locales of Goa, ‘Guzaarish’ makes the whole screen come alive with vivacity. ... full review

So-So many times can you see Ash’s tearful eyes turn red with emotions to perfectly match her lip colour? And who can believe that Ash as a nurse has never taken a leave in 12 years or Hrithik has a patient has never stepped out of his home for last 12 years? ... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...The last scene, the last image actually, is over-the-top ludicrous – but perhaps it’s because the film can never decide on which side of the good-taste divide it wants to fully settle into. Had Bhansali given himself full rein, that image might have made sense, if only emotional sense, and if only to a handful of people.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks an inspired movie it is not upto the mark since it keeps deviating from its main topic and is not able to generate any similar kind of impact like its Original Sources.... full review

So-So by Roshni Mulchandani, Bolly Spice ...When you bring subjects like euthanasia, mercy killing and even quadriplegics to the forefront, you better be damn sure you depict a correct picture of the pains they endure for them to feel the need to end their lives. And this brings me to the biggest problem of the Guzaarish: you don’t feel the anguish... full review

So-So by Gautam Chintamani, Buzz in Town ...The initial brisk twenty minutes done Guzaarish jumps between sequences that don’t really add anything substantial to the basic plot.... full review

So-So by Aniruddha Guha , DNA ...While you can’t but be impressed by the film’s visual appeal — and typical Bhansali touches — why watch something that gives you a ‘seen-that-before’ kind of feeling?... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions ...a very handsomely mounted, well acted, but not particularly earth-shattering film, given the enormity of the debate at its core.... full review

So-So by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who brings to mind the description 'porcelain beauty'... full review

So-So by Sukanya Venkatraghavan, Filmfare ...You feel his unspoken love for Sophiya and her brusque yet deep chemistry with him... full review

So-So by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...You can tell, the actor’s desperately aiming for major awards (the sort of acclaim Amitabh Bachchan earned for himself with Black). Thankfully the effort doesn’t show. Earnestness does.... full review

So-So by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...Hrithik Roshan lives the role of Ethan Mascarenhas. No amount of praise is too much to describe his performance of a paraplegic who is still so full of life that his appeal for death would seem a paradox in terms.... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...Sanjay Leela Bhansali has positioned himself as Hindi cinema’s poet of pain. ... full review

So-So by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...Sanjay Leela Bhansali has created magic… in his sets. Sorry, but the movie is just not that good.... full review

So-So by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...the production design is intoxicatingly vintage and beautiful, so are Ash’s costumes (though we don’t know who dresses like that in this day and age)... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, Express India ...You see Hrithik helpless in that bed, and you see an actor who can’t seem to put his handsomeness aside.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Garimella, ...Aishwarya Rai is a symptom of just how not aligned Bhansali's vision and audience expectations are - she looks smothered in blindingly-gaudy make-up and incongruous clothing, and doesn't give you anything else to remember her in this movie for.... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...While you may be willing to overlook the plagiarism (although you shouldn't!), it's hard to forgive the sloppy writing... full review

Thumbs down by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...Whether it is her dancing to the Udi song or moaning in simulated ecstasy, she is lively, animated and pretty much stripped of the artifice we have associated her with forever.... full review

Thumbs down by Udita Jhunjhunwala, Live Mint ...Aditya Roy Kapoor, as the apprentice magician dressed like Raj Kapoor, stands around trying to make an impact, but shows no range.... full review

Thumbs down Mixed Bag ...i would have felt really good to say that ‘Guzaarish’ is a treat to watch but there is a little fly sitting on the tip of my nose and i am as helpless as Ethan.... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Passion for Cinema ...Now even if you’re willing to ignore the ‘inspiration’ factor, the result is neither engrossing nor edifying. ... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...The laziest writing is saved for the courtroom, legalese thrown out in favour of lines soaked in extreme naivete.... full review

Thumbs down by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ...The set piece of the court room scene in Ethan's house just doesn't work and is easily the most theatrical scene of the film while the scene with Sofia's husband and her is the nadir of the film... full review

Thumbs down yahoo! India ...the court scenes are extremely smoky, like they were sharing the set with a horror film... full review