27
Dec
08

Ghajini Review – Dont Expect Memento here

First things first, Aamir Khan is no Guy Pearce and AR Murugadoss is no Christopher Nolan. Whether you like Ghajini or not depends on how you look at it. For all those who have seen Nolan’s 2000 flick Memento, Ghajini may turn out to be a cheap Indian rip. On the other hand if you are among those who haven’t seen the original or if you don’t mind directors being ‘inspired’ by Hollywood, just sit back and enjoy the ride. 

I walked into the theatre knowing what to expect. I had already seen the Tamil version made by the same director. I had very much appreciated the effort but then I had never even heard about Memento. Cutting back to the Hindi version, the director has made a few changes here and there, but nothing really that deviates from the Tamil Ghajini. The film is about a business tycoon, Sanjay Singhania (Aamir Khan) who falls in love with a model, Kalpana Shetty (Asin) without letting out his true identity. Kalpana too ultimately reciprocates his love. Just as he is about to reveal himself, Kalpana gets killed by  a goon Ghajini (Pradeep Rawat), as she got herself involved with his men who were trafficking young girls. While trying to save Kalpana,  Sanjay gets hit on the head but survives and  is diagnosed with amnesia. The rest of the film is about how Sanjay tracks down his girlfriend’s killers and exacts revenge. 

Aamir Khan in his macho avatar with six-packs and all has done a decent job. But somewhere I felt he wasn’t all too convincing as Asin’s lover boy. There is nothing except for his memory condition and the tattoos all over his body that can be likened to Guy Pearce in Memento. He looked rather cramped up in his suits with all the bulging muscles. Asin’s role is no different from the one in the Tamil one. Vivacious, bubbly, confident with a tinge of over-acting which was necessary for the role. The second heroine, Jiah Khan who plays a medical student researching amnesia, has certainly come some way from her Nishabd days. She looks pretty and has carried out her role aptly. Pradeep Rawat as the mean baddie is no different from any other Bollywood villain. Nothing new there. 

On the technical front, I should say I was quite impressed with Ravi K. Chandran‘s cinematography. It looked fresh, colorful and appealing. Anthony Gonsalves has done a good job as editor especially in the parts where the film cuts back and forth between Aamir’s past and the present. AR Murugadoss as director has tried nothing new and just delivered what was expected of him – “Make a full and full money spinning masala movie”. One thing for sure, if he continues making such films, he is for sure to remain in Bollywood. 

Ghajini just like the Tamil one, is no Memento. The only thing that is psychological about this psychological thriller is Aamir’s psychological problem. Apart from that the film is just another masala Bollywood flick. Your opinion of the film is sure to change if you have seen Memento. But nevertheless, it is a worthy watch during the holiday season. I would give the fim 3.5 on a scale of 5.

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