When I saw the trailers of Guzaarish I had already condemned the movie to the guillotine without a fair trial. I had mentally dismissed this one as Sanjay's next debacle.
So when I saw that the movie was getting good reviews n Friday morning, my hopes went up and I quickly booked tickets for the 1st day's night show. The excitement was palpable as I'm anyways pre-disposed to liking the key players: Hrithik, Ash and Bhansali (by and large - give and take a few like Khamoshi).
The movie was a bit of 'All right' yes! A fantastic performance by Hrithik (which will definitely fetch him nominations and perhaps a few awards) an uncharacteristically restrained Aishwarya who looked mind numbingly beautiful (in my opinion)and beautifully coloured canvasses on celluloid.
It was breathtakingly beautiful with careful detailing in place, perhaps not as thematically lovely as Saawariya (the blue hues) or as vibrant and striking as Devdaas (the warm and rich colours used) but yes still lovely.
However, still something was missing. What was missing, though not completely, was a deep emotional connect with the key protagonsist's agony and the situation in the movie. I found myself a little detached while I viewed what was happening. I wanted very much to weep with the characters, but it didn't happen instinctively. A few shed tears, misty eyes in a few of the scenes but not emotionally thrown in - in totality.
A few sequences stay back and 'flash upon that inward eye' - the scene in which Hrithik dances with the bubbles in his dreams/ recollections and Ash's Udi Udi dance.
Go for Guzaarish if you like fine things.
It is actually quite well done.