The film that left audience cold

Puri, who has researched a number of cases like Aruna Shanbaug’s, agrees euthanasia is a tricky issue for courts.

Written by Sankhayan Ghosh | Mumbai | Published: May 19, 2015 2:26:52 am
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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.”

sankhayan.ghosh@expressindia.com

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