Hrithik Roshan says playing a paraplegic in his forthcoming movie, Guzaarish, changed his outlook to life. But, the actor maintains that the film doesn’t take a stand on the issue of mercy killing.
“This film doesn’t take any stand. It’s an individual story of Ethan and not about the issue of mercy killing. It’s about the strength of a paraplegic, who lived a full life for 14 years without being depressed. He wrote books, got the president’s medal, awards, gave sermons... that is what the film is about,” Hrithik said."This film has changed my life. When your approach to things changes, you don’t worry about the small things in life, you don’t grumble, you don’t get irritated. You learn gratitude, that’s what this film has taught me," Hrithik added.
The film is the story of magician, Ethan Mascarenhas (played by Hrithik), who becomes a paraplegic when a magical trick goes wrong. After 14 years as a paraplegic, Ethan decides that he wants to die and petitions a court for the right to commit suicide.
“Mercy killing in this film is from the point of view of the character... that after doing so much, why did he want to die?” Hrithik said.
“When I was reading the script, that was the time when doctors said my knee (which the actor had injured) will not be okay. At that time, I was already in a state of mind that helped me to identify with the script.”