Guzaarish - External Reviews
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 (?)
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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
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 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
Thumbs down by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com ...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