Release Date - 12/24/2008
Language - Hindi
Genre - ActionDramaRomance
The story of Ghajini revolves around the life of Sanjay Singhania (Aamir Khan), a rich tycoon who falls in love with Kalpana (Asin Thottumkal), a model cum activist. One day, Kalpana comes to know of a plan to kidnap 25 young girls and send them to Goa. She tries to come in the way of the child racketeer and ends up being killed. Sanjay tries to save Kalpana and, in the process, gets hit on... Read more
The story of Ghajini revolves around the life of Sanjay Singhania (Aamir Khan), a rich tycoon who falls in love with Kalpana (Asin Thottumkal), a model cum activist. One day, Kalpana comes to know of a plan to kidnap 25 young girls and send them to Goa. She tries to come in the way of the child racketeer and ends up being killed. Sanjay tries to save Kalpana and, in the process, gets hit on his head by a metal pole. The severe head injury results in a short term memory loss. Now, Sanjay remembers all those incidents that happened before the injury. However, his memory after the injury gets limited to 15 minutes only. After that, he forgets whatever happened in his life.
The only way that he can remember, rather recall, the incidents is by tattooing notes on himself and taking instant pictures of things. The former makes Sanjay look like a dangerous figure, but lets him remind himself of the incidents that have happened in his life. He starts the hunt for the murderer of his girlfriend Kalpana. While trying to find Kalpanas killer, Sanjay gets involved in a series of murders and is on the hit list of police, especially a particular police officer (Riyaz Khan). This police officer finds the diary of Sanjay, through which his story is unraveled and brought to light. Sanjay's story also comes in the notice of Sunitha (Jiah Khan), a medical college student who is looking for a patient with an "interesting" record, for her college project. Touched by Sanjay's love story, she helps him take revenge from Kalpana's murderer. Will Sanjay accomplish his mission or will he be arrested much before? What will happen to Sunitha?
Movie Review :
A fast paced three hour flick with Aamir at the helm leaves you gasping for breath! Yes, this film ranks amongst one of the finest that Aamir has ever been part of. Everything comes together wonderfully in this film, be it casting, characterisation, performance, music, direction, cinematography or even sound effects. As one trade analyst put it so succinctly, Ghajini has blockbuster written all over it.
Over to the story now. Sanjay Singhania (Aamir) after being hit on head suffers from a short term memory loss. He cannot recollect anything beyond 15 minutes. He has various phone numbers and names tattooed on his body all hinting at one thing, seek revenge for the murder of his girlfriend, Kalpana (Asin). The only clue he has is the name that he remembers his dying girlfriend utter in his ears - Ghajini. The obstacles that Sanjay encounters in his hunt for Ghajini forms the rest of the film.
Ghajini is a perfect masala film, a revenge thriller, a genre which was quite popular in the 80s. But what sets the film apart from a typical pot boiler is the way the screenplay has been structured, oscillating between flashbacks and the present.
There is also a good balance of romance, suspense, action and comedy. Plus the biggest asset – Aamir Khan. The story has two major flashbacks, but unlike many films where flashbacks do nothing for the film itself, this one actually aids in building the character and adding to the film's intensity.
Having seen Sanjay's past life, you see a convincing reason for all the mayhem he unleashes on the culprits. The film at no point justifies the actions but it does give you a reason to go with the flow.
Murugadoss's direction is terrific and the master story teller that he is, he doesn't give the audience a moment to think in the entire 180 minutes of the film. Technically, it stands out amongst the best films of 2008. Superb editing (Anthony), excellent camerawork (Ravi K Chandran) and amazing sound design (Resul) take the film to an all-new level.
The action by Peter Hains and Stunt Shiva keeps you on the edge of your seat. However, some action sequences are too gory and definitely not meant for the faint hearted. But with Aamir giving his everything, even these sequences are a treat to watch. AR Rehman's melodies are a treat to watch on screen as they are excellently picturised. And the best part is that none of the songs hamper the flow of the film.
Amongst the sequences that stand out are Aamir's first encounter with Asin, Aamir visiting Asin's boss's party, Aamir's outburst in the hospital, Asin's murder sequence and of course, the action packed climax where Aamir for a moment forgets what he is fighting for when he comes face to face with the villain!
In an author backed role, Aamir has outperformed himself, making us fall short of words in his praise. He is not only utterly convincing as a killing machine but he is extremely loveable in the romantic comedy sequences with Asin. South starlet Asin in her Bollywood debut leaves a lasting impression. Jiah though fits the part somehow pales in comparison to Asin. Her accented Hindi irritates you no end. Pradeep Rawat brings back to Bollywood, the true villain that was missing in a long time. He is menacingly good.
Ghajini does live up to the hype it has generated and is a must watch for Aamir Khan fans and also for debutante Asin and the latest addition to talented filmmakers of Bollywood, director AR Murugadoss.