First let me clear the air that Guzaarish is not a bad movie at all , will throw light on the parts which were good and the pieces which could have been better in next post.
This post is to vent out my anger at the reviews from the established movie critics who have labeled this movie as a piece of work from an aesthete and a melodrama based on three masterpieces – “The Prestige”, The Sea Inside” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” . I don’t remember a single review where critics missed mentioning these three names and going overboard on these flicks than reviewing Guzaarish. It was as awkward as a bikini clad women would be in a Gutkha Ad.
The only similarity Guzaarish has with “The Prestige” is the lead actor being a magician and having a rivalry which proved to be fatal. The other similarity Guzaarish derives from other two movies is lead actor being in “locked-in Syndrome” or “being a quadriplegic” and fighting to end his life. Are these justifying enough to call this piece of work as the derived one. Off course not , else why would we fall for war movies with same war most of the time , movies with same plot of Nazis killing the Jews and movies capturing it from defferent angles (or perspectives).
If audience writes off the movie which pre-exists in same or other form, then these three movies would also not have had the followings they demand today . “The Prestige” is completely based on Christopher Priest’s novel of same name, “The sea inside” is based on real life story of a ship mechanic who fought for euthanasia for 28 years and “The diving bell and the butterfly” is based on the memoir of the same name.
In my view, most of the reviews are done on the barometer of fun , masala and entertainment factor which can help folks to quickly decide the combo – movie A + Popcorn + killing next 2.5 hours or movie B + popcorn + killing next 2.5 hours. To make the research look more authentic, the critics would drop 2-3 hollywood names to claim he knows what is he talking about ….
I would have loved if a single review has captured the attempt of the director to tread a new path which most of the new age directors fear to walk on. The beauty was in the attempt .
You gotta read my second post on Guzaarish to know about my personal views .