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Guzaarish: India's first film that shows dialysis and they didn't do badly at all!

Posted Nov 21 2010 10:40am
Ok, first things first. I loved Guzaarish! It is a film about a quadriplegic - basically someone who is totally paralyzed from neck down. Hrithik Roshan plays the role of Ethan Masceranhas who was a brilliant magician who became paralyzed after an accident during a magic show. The film starts off with Ethan deciding to file a petition for euthanasia.

The rest of the film is about the petition hearings and Ethan's relationships with his nurse, his doctor and a student of his magic among others.

Performances are all very good. Hrithik Roshan is brilliant. Period.

Ethan has lost his kidney function and is slowly losing his other organs too. He is shown actually undergoing a dialysis session, needles in his arm, blood lines, dialyser with blood flowing. And to top it all, he is undergoing the dialysis at home. So, we haven't done badly at all. The first time dialysis is shown on Indian cinema, it is home hemo!

Of course, there are some glitches - a doctor comes home to do his dialysis and the main premise is also somewhat flawed - he really did not need euthanasia to die, all he had to do was not undergo dialysis. This is perfectly legal and he would die within a few days of not dialyzing. To make it less uncomfortable, he could also have just removed water - isolated UF - and not clean the toxins. But I guess, then there wouldn't be a movie to be made!

Not everyone will like the movie however. It is a little slow and the magic bit is probably overdone. Those who can relate to a chronic condition such as this and those who understand this will definitely appreciate it.
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