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When I made Guzaarish on euthanasia, there was hue and cry: Bhansali


The director spoke about the need for euthanasia in view of the Supreme Court verdict.

IANS

After the Supreme Court announced on Friday that a person has the "right to die with dignity" in case of an irreversible stage of terminal illness, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who tackled the theme of euthanasia in Guzaarish (2010), has recounted that the subject had sparked a hue and cry when the movie released in 2010.

"I remember when I had made 'Guzaarish', there was plenty of hue and cry over my plea to allow the irreversibly ailing to end their lives," Bhansali said.

Guzaarish narrated the story of a quadriplegic hero's (Hrithik Roshan) plea for death.

Guzaarish was based on someone close to Bhansali, he said. "Though I am no stranger to pain, what I saw in this person took pain and suffering to another level, I realised that there comes a point in every life when a full stop is the only solution."

While researching on the subject of euthanasia for the movie, Bhansali had let go off all temptation to watch films on the subject of mercy killing.

"I didn't want to get even remotely influenced in my thought and vision by what other filmmakers have done on the subject," he said.