The function to release the music of UTV and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish on 20th October was quite a weird affair. For, the cast and crew of the film showered such praises on the filmmaker, who is also the film’s debutmaking music director, that it seemed like he had already conquered with the film. Such encomiums as were used by Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Aditya Roy Kapoor (who, besides acting in the film, also compered the function), lyricists and singers would have befitted the silver jubilee or success function of the film. But they did look out of place for a function held to mark the release of the music. For one, since the music was being released that day, it wasn’t as if the invitees had already heard and loved the songs. Secondly, when the audience was clueless about how good the music would turn out to be – music, one would agree, takes time to grow on the listener – it didn’t understand the logic of the people associated with the film going on and on about what a genius Bhansali was and what a great filmmaker he was and how blessed they all were to be working with him and how their work in this film was going to be their best and so on and so forth.
It almost looked like there was competition among the cast and crew members on how best they could please Bhansali. One wonders, how Sanjay Leela Bhansali took all the praises and compliments that came his way but many among the invitees actually felt embarrassed by the adjectives being used to describe the maker and music maker of ‘Guzaarish’ – all this before the film has released and on the day the music was being formally released! One is not in any way trying to say that Sanjay Bhansali doesn’t deserve the praises his unit members showered upon him. What one is definitely trying to say is that the timing seemed to be wrong. All these words – and much more – would’ve seemed so appropriate after the film had released and got the audience’s thumbs up.