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A paralyzed Magician-turned-Radio Jockey files a Petition in Court seeking permission to end his life.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ethan Mascarenhas
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Sofia D'Souza
Shernaz Patel ...
Advocate Devyani Dutta
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Omar Siddiqui
Nafisa Ali ...
Isabel Mascarenhas
Monikangana Dutta ...
Estella Francis (as Moni Kangana Dutta)
Suhel Seth ...
Dr. Nayak
Rajit Kapoor ...
Public Prosecutor Vipin Patel
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Yasser Siddiqui
Vijay Crishna ...
Judge Rajhansmoni
Makrand Deshpande ...
Nevile D'Souza
Olivier Lafont ...
Father Samuel (as Sanjay Lafonte)
Jineet Rath ...
Little Ethan
Parveen Rabbani ...
Rosy
Farida Mistry ...
Maria
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Ethan Mascarenhas, formerly the world's greatest magician, has been quadriplegic since a performance went wrong 14 years before. For the past 12 years Ethan's health has been relatively stable, largely due to the relentless dedication of his nurse, Mrs Sofia D'Souza. He lives and works at his home, spreading new magic to millions of people with his irrepressible wit and spirit through books he has written and his radio show. But now his internal organs are failing. To avoid permanent hospitalization and machine life-support, Ethan petitions a court to be legally allowed to die. Ethan's request - his 'guzaarish' - shocks everyone in his world, but especially threatens his relationship with Sofia, who is the core of his existence. Will Ethan's petition succeed? How will Sofia respond? Written by sshogben

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19 November 2010 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Die Magie des Lebens - Guzaarish  »

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£171,027 (UK) (19 November 2010)

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$1,017,335 (USA) (10 December 2010)
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Imran Abbas Naqvi was so supposed to play the role of Omar Siddiqui. See more »

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Ethan Mascarenhas: Life is very short, my friends. But it is long enough, if you live with all your heart.
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Absolute Must See film -- 'come fall back in love with life'
19 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, "Guzaarish" is THAT good.

"Guzaarish" will not just upgrade your expectation of what is possible to achieve through the medium of film. "Guzaarish" will change your life.

Easily the best film of 2010 -- anywhere -- "Guzaarish" joins the ten or so truly seminal movies throughout cinema history that are so groundbreaking and perfectly executed that we leave the experience seeing the world, even our own lives, in some fundamentally different way.

SEE THIS FILM.

"Guzaarish" is the masterpiece of famed director Sanjay Leela Bhansali ("Black", "Devdas", etc.) who here not only directed but wrote the script, co-produced the film, and composed the music.

The core storyline is borrowed from the 1981 classic "Whose Life Is It Anyway?", in turn adapted from the Broadway and West End multi-award-winning play of the same title: an artist (originally a sculptor, here a great magician), quadriplegic after an accident, when his internal organs start failing petitions a court for the right to end his own life, inciting a whirlwind of controversy in the lives of all those who love and care for him. But do not be deterred by the bleak-sounding premise. Through the genius of Bhansali -- and actors Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan -- "Guzaarish" transcends any and all preconceptions. "Guzaarish" becomes a joyous celebration of Life, of living every moment to the full and living with dignity.

Mr Bhansali stated at the music launch that unless both Mr Roshan and Ms Rai signed for the project, he would not have attempted this film.

The resulting film proves Bhansali's point: no other actors but the individually so-gifted Mr Roshan and Ms Rai -- AND their matchless on screen synergy together -- could have brought "Guzaarish" its power and magic.

But in the safe hands of Bhansali, Roshan, and Rai you really will 'come fall back in love with life'.

"Guzaarish" joins my personal list of the 10 Best Films Ever Made.


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