28 December 2008

Ghajini: Movie Review

I said here that I follow a rule, never miss a Aamir Movie. And I am glad I am sticking to it.

After months of SRK style marketing and unprecedented hype, it was a no brainer that Ghajini would open to packed theaters all around India. Scene in Bangalore was no different, with full houses all through the weekend.But such was the urge that I decided to shell out Rs 300 to the crooks at PVR to get a sunday ticket.

Not dwelling much into the story, Ghajini is a see-saw ride of Love found, love lost, revenge, action and trill. The film grips you from scene one and never loses you till its three hour length. You smile with Aamir and Kalpana and their 'it can only happen in bollywood' love story, You cry with aamir when his love is killed by the monster Ghajini in front of his eyes, you bite your teeth when Aamir juggernaughts over the villian sidekicks on his way to Ghajini, and you also feel that that 'iron sariya' was too short and hope that he finds a bigger one to slam his head in the end, and are satisfied when he finally does it.

The script is not without its flaws and takes convenient turns. But Hey! movie making is not a science lesson..its entertainment!

Aamir once again shows why he is called the perfectionist khan. He is brilliant throughout he movie, both as a billionaire Telephone company boss, and as a 8 pack mad for revenge fighting machine. He talks less, but lets his emotions do most of the talking. The Final sequence with Ghajini is enthralling and is a lesson in acting and movie making.Any actor other than Aamir would have made Ghajini more dramatic and over the top, aamir just about delivers a perfect performance.

Asin as Aamir's love does a fantastic job.She brings all the smiles in an otherwise gloomy and a dark film. Her potrayal is more of a utopian girlfriend, one who does no wrong, which makes her instantly lovable.Jiah is ok with the role given to her. She looks more like a sherlock Holmes aide rather than a Medical Student with the kind of investigation she puts in.

I must say that Indian Cinema comes of Age with ghajini. The entire look and feel of the film is amazing, with Hollywood style production and cinematography values. Fight scenes are powerpacked, Rehman scores with the music.
And please don't compare it with Memento, its a different cinema altogether.

All in all, a terrific watch.

**** 4/5


  1. I'm glad you liked Ghajini...But not a typical Aamir Khan movie...I wonder if he had a run through of the whole movie...How can you take such a stupid villain...He was confused with his accent...Zero personality...I mean he should have done justice to the title at least...And what's with that south indian action...Cop chasing a bus and eventually catches it...And where did Aamir go?!...Then a cop being chased...:D...Seriously who was the person in command...I would not give it 4/5 stars...The action might have gone well with Aamir's aggression but I found it exaggerated...Well a matter of taste actually...I wasn't the intended audience...:D

  2. Yup...the script has its obvious flaws, but keeping the mass audience in mind at which the movie is directed-right from yourself to the carefree bhaiyaji in UP, Bihar- the movie delivers just enough to keep all of them happy.

    I sort of go with a similar frame of mind for a masala flick of this sort,otherwise you don't enjoy it as much!
    This is how I tolerated OSO!!

  3. Gajini is one my favourite movies from Amir Khan. The storyline and the meme of short-term memory loss we got out of the film will forever be remembered.

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