Thursday, November 11, 2010

Indian film focuses on euthanasia

The famous Sanjay Leela Bhansali has writen, produced and directed a new film "Guzaarish" which is about a man paralysed for fourteen years who wishes to take his own life. The film is scheduled for release on November 19th. In an interview Bhanali says:

"Euthanasia is a subject that has never been handled in Indian cinema before but it is a very important subject. Human suffering cannot be comprehended just like that, so if you can make an entertaining film with big stars and a big platform but still talk about it as a sensitive issue, then that is what we are doing. We are not propagating it, we are not taking sides."
See full interview

Lawyer Aditya Dewan filed public interest litigation (PIL) in the Delhi High Court alleging that 'Guzaarish' promotes euthanasia which is illegal in India, but the case was dismissed in Court. See more.

The lead actress in the new film is superstar Aishwarya Rai Bachchan whom Bhansali calls his muse.

I haven't seen the film obviously, so I don't know if it promotes euthanasia or not. I really hope it doesn't.