Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shernaz patel, Aditya Roy Kapur
Direction: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
I am amazed how Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who was written off as a director during his Saawariya-time bounces back to deliver a very difficult film set in Goa. Guzaarish is a wonderful film, but it is heavily inspired by The Sea Inside directed by Alejandro AmenÃ¡bar. I saw AmenÃ¡bar’s film just a few weeks back, so it is quite fresh in memory. Though I didn’t love that film, it had substance that sticks with viewers. Guzaarish works the same way, and it’s slightly disappointing that some scenes are directly lifted from that movie and modified a little for Indian audience. It’s odd though, even after inevitable comparisons, I prefer Guzaarish over The Sea Inside.
Guzaarish is a visual treat, but that’s Sanjay Leela Bhansali every time. It’s a very cliche thing to say these days because almost all films being made in Bollywood have raised their standards to bring beautiful images on screen. Guzaarish goes beyond that, as the director and his crew clearly paid close attention to how each scene is lit up to setting the mood just right. I am mesmerized by Tera Zikhr, and those grand magical sequences with amazing use of colors that reflects mood of each act beautifully.
This is not Sanjay’s best effort, and I am not over his Khamoshi, which was also set in Goa with physical disability as his topic. Khamoshi is still his most grounded work and real with intensely strong characters. Continue reading →
is this even Hindi or Marathi word or something? Sorry for my ignorance, but if this is not a real word, the title is pretty stupid.
Anyway, the stills are nice, thankfully, we don’t see Salman flexing his muscles in over the top ways like almost all his previous films. That’s a change. Has a bit of 90s feel to it. Just brainless violent film with much masala thrown in. It’ll probably do really well
I knew this movie was going to be a special one when the opening act, right before credits rolled on, revealed the base of the entire subject. All within first few minutes. A very clever and unconventional way to start without any character-history attached. I was riveted with Raagini’s (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) first scene on the boat with her Shades covering her eyes, all happy and relaxed, till she sees Beera’s (Abhishek Bachchan) Hell colliding in front of her. It is masterful to not glorify abduction and waste ridiculous amount of time trying to explain the entire process of kidnapping. At this point I really thought Mani will showcase the human nature of clashing egos and personalities. That was short lived after such a glorious start.
The finale is even better. I couldn’t believe it. So what happened between the fantastic start and end is mind-numbing. The first half has absolutely no plot, and it is not at all plot driven, so the basis in which good vs. bad chasing each other with help of Sanjeevani (Govinda) and other smaller characters makes for a boring watch. Truly. For all those agonizing moments Raagini is suffering through in jungle-land, her character development is restricted and confined within herself. There is little confrontation we see between Beera and Raagini after abduction, and the tension is not fully captured.
And I must add something little about the setting. I would think one gets to see wild creatures if you’re going to be in remote jungles. Aside from one insect shot, I didn’t even notice any animals. I also can’t understand where Laal Maati is. All the shots in Kata Kata hardly look tribal to me.
Mani Ratnam creates even bigger problem for Beera, whose so-called 10 headed personalities don’t even surface after “Das Sar Wale” proclamation. It could have been an astounding character-study and a role of a lifetime. So entering into the minds of Raavan, it appears to me as only one-dimensional character. What a waste. Continue reading →