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Even the Bee in Bhansali's \"Guzaarish\" was borrowed.

28 Jul, 2011 | Inspired Movies (Alphabetical) / G

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Guzaarish” featuring Hrithik and Aishwarya was not a box office success as it got mixed responses from the audiences wherein most of them couldn’t enjoy the film based on a dependent character.

Though undeniably the film was shot aesthetically and was a real visual treat to watch as a well known feature of a Bhansali movie. But still as usual it was not at all an original attempt by the over-famous director and was a mixed inspired film taking it from more than one sources of World Cinema.

The major part of the film talking about a man suffering from a complete Paralysis of the body other than his face, asking for merci death and many of its sequences were all taken from the Spanish Award Winning movie MAR ADENTRO or THE SEA INSIDE (2004) directed by Alejandro Amenabar, along with references of WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY (1981). The idea of magic and the plot of rivalry between two famous magicians leading to a serious conspiracy was taken from THE PRESTIGE (2006).

But here the most interesting finding is that the very first scene with which the film was introduced in the media showcasing Hrithik Roshan trying to get rid of a Bee sitting on his nose was also all inspired from a French film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly or Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon (2007), directed by Julian Schnabel. Interestingly both these World Cinema movies were based on two different original Life Inspiring Stories and their Real Heroes.
Here I would like to admit that yes, no doubt Bhansali did put in his own creative visualization in this scene, making it many times better than the original but yet the fact remains that it was not an original idea of his own and was all borrowed from an undisclosed or hidden source from his side. The director never admitted this proved inspiration in his interviews and that’s where I think a creative person fails completely, when he starts enjoying all the praises for something which was not at all created or thought of by himself in the first place.
In short, inspiration is acceptable if used in a fine way, giving due credits to its original creator where ever applicable. But copying entire sequences from a movie and then trying to present it as your own without any kind of acknowledgement or courtesy, is not what I call as Film-making or Cinema.


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