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By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 15, 2009)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali & Hrthik Roshan

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish, which stars Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya in the lead, has a surprise element. The director has signed model Monikangana Dutta to play Hrithik’s former love interest.

A source from the unit reveals, “Aishwarya plays a married nurse who is a caregiver and treats Hrithik as he is a paraplegic patient after his accident. Prior to the accident, Roshan has a love interest in the movie for which Bhansali has signed Monikangana. The director recently signed the young lady and has kept it under wraps. She is under contract and is not allowed to talk to anyone until the movie’s release.”

The source continues, “Sanjay Leela has singed her for a two-movie deal. Guzaarish will be the first and the second might be a solo launch for her. Monika is obviously very excited about bagging the role. She is not allowed to make many public appearances and remains discreet about the film deal.”

If sources are to be believed, Hrithik doesn’t know about Monika being signed for the movie. “Aishwarya is married to debutant Aditya Roy Kapoor. Monika will be shooting for the next schedule. Her role is minuscule, but of great importance. Her character adds to the script,” adds the source.

Monikangana Dutta

Guzaarish is similar to John Badham’s Whose Life Is It Anyway? The film with dark undertones, also deals with the controversial issue of euthanasia. Ash’s character sparks off great interest with her playing a married woman who is attracted to Hrithik as the second half progresses.

Bhansali confirmed that he had signed Monikangana Dutta. “Her role is pivotal to the love story. She’s a lovely girl,” he gushed. He wouldn’t commit about the second film but did not rule out a lead role.

Monikangana remained unavailable for comment.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is upset about a fake script of his film, Guzaarish, on the internet
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 04, 2009)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is livid. Ever since he announced his film Guzaarish, there have been speculations that the film is a remake of John Badham’s Whose Life Is It Anyway, while some suspect it’s a copy of Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige. Now a member of the social networking site, Facebook, has claimed that they have the script of Guzaarish with them and they have compared it to three films — Charulata, The Painted Veil and The Sea Inside.

The post on the website says, “It seems to be a lucky day for cinema maniacs like us. We were surprised to find the script of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s new film Guzaarish in our mailbox. Yes, yes!! Thank you, whoever did the good deed of the day. We will reserve our comments on the script for the script review post later on. But as we read the script, we were trying to imagine the visuals, and all we could see was three films – Charulata, The Painted Veil and The Sea Inside. We are starting a new feature – CYCQ – Check your CQ (Cinema Quotient)! If Guzaarish is Charulata meets The Painted Veil meets The Sea Inside, see if you can crack the story. Do sprinkle some ‘magic’ in the plot.”

However, a source close to Bhansali said, “Why are people in so much of a hurry? These things can really upset a director. Guzaarish has got nothing to do with any of these three films and Sanjay is very upset with the constant spotlight on the film. It is just a silly prank as no one has the soft copy of the script, so it’s not possible.”

The film stars Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai and newcomer Aditya Bal.