Euthanasia: the musical


It had to happen: a musical about euthanasia. Of course, nearly every film coming out of Bollywood is a musical, but director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has tried to make Guzaarish (The Request) a lush melodrama with Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai in the lead roles.

The plot, as in most musicals is not the most important element. An impossibly handsome Goan magician – the world’s greatest – becomes a quadriplegic attended by an impossibly beautiful and devoted nurse. After 14 years in a wheelchair, he wants to die. His mother, an apprentice magician, and an old flame enter the plot as well. It culminates in a courtroom drama. With dancing. And songs.

Controversy is swirling around the film. Actors have complained that there is too much English in it. A novelist has sued, claiming that Mr Bhansali stole the plot of his unpublished novel, and a lawyer has sued because it impugns the professional standing of lawyers because euthanasia is illegal in India. Guzaarish’s launch will take place on November 19.  

comments powered by Disqus

 Search BioEdge

 Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter
rss Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed

 Recent Posts
Australia launches inquiry into safety and ethics of transgender medicine
18 Aug 2019
Fertility becomes a global money-spinner 
18 Aug 2019
‘Sperm sharing’ schemes in UK make IVF cheaper
18 Aug 2019
Push in Germany for legalisation of surrogacy
18 Aug 2019
Should countries compete to have the most permissive stem cell regulations?
18 Aug 2019

Home | About Us | Contact Us | rss RSS | Archive | Bookmark and Share |

BioEdge - New Media Foundation Ltd © 2004 - 2019