I am a huge Sanjay Leela Bansali fan… to me he is an artist of the highest calibre as he has proved over and over again.
Even Sawariya -which the critics and film fraternity ripped apart -i liked. To me every frame of Sawariya was a painting…exquistively mounted and lovingly framed. Infact after watching Sawariya i remember calling up Omung Kumar -who had done the set design just to ask him if i could buy some of the mirrors and other artefacts -was sorely dissapointed to know that most of it had been junked or made of plaster of paris and so broken or dismantled. I then purchased the dvd to just understand and absorb how colour and surfaces had been juxtaposed to create a world so fantastical and magical
Last night when i went to see Guzaarish i went with a mind already filled with negative remarks from a few in the film fraternity. But i didnt care -over the years I have understood how fickle and cruel the film business can be- raise you on the highest pedestal one minute and then pull the rug from under your feet just when you begining to enoy the view from the top.
I have seen it up close and personal and know that truth for many is also a manner of convenience-phayda. Opinion often skewed by a herd mentality borne of a fear to take sides with those at the top
So i was greatly looking forward to seeing the film. I knew even if the story didnt appeal to me i wanted to see the colours, the texture the way, the film had been shot, the incongruous illusory imagery straight out of nowhere except SLB’s head.
And boy was i fascinated – yes its over the top, yes its surreal-its a world no one has seen before-the costumes (especially Aishwarya’s who plays a modern day nurse but is strangely dressed like a prostitute from the Victorian era!) bizarre but yet…
My God -so so so beautiful. Guzaarish is not just a film-its a work of art-an amalgamation of poetry and dance and music and colour and drama. A story of love and loss and hope and pathos. Its an opera.
The maturity in Hritik’s performance worthy of every accolade and award-the actor just gets better and better with every role.
SLB -take a bow- I for one am clapping hard