Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 2010 film, Guzaarish, revolved around a paraplegic man, a former magician played by Hrithik Roshan, who fights in court for mercy killing. The film got a cold reception.
That, says dialogue writer Vibhu Puri, shows how alien the concept of euthanasia is in India. “For a family-oriented country such as India where we grow up with old and ailing grandparent around us, it was a little too much for people to digest,” he says.
Puri, who has researched a number of cases like Aruna Shanbaug’s, agrees euthanasia is a tricky issue for courts. “There are a lot of cases of vested interest in euthanasia. While researching we came across cases of property disputes and custody of old people. It is necessary to treat every case separately.”