Making 'Guzaarish' on Euthanasia wasn't a smooth process for Bhansali
Welcoming Supreme Court's verdict on Passive Euthanasia, Sanjay Leela Bhansali recounted that when he had made 'Guzaarish' on the subject of mercy killing, there was a major outcry over it. The film starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan narrated the story of quadriplegic man's plea for ending his life. It 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," Sanjay said.
The 'Padmaavat' director was inspired by somebody very close to him to touch upon the subject of 'right to die with dignity'. In an earlier interview, he had said, "My research showed that mercy killing was prohibited by law in many countries including India. Almost a year of studying the super-sensitive subject, I concluded that everyone should have the right to die with dignity."
In a landmark decision on Friday, the Supreme Court of India observed that passive euthanasia and 'living will' are legal. "Human beings have the right to die with dignity," said the apex court. The verdict came on a 2005 petition filed by Prashant Bhushan for the NGO Common Cause.