Ghajini Movie - Hindi Version - Drama - 4/10
This weekend, I saw Ghajini - the movie starring Aamir Khan, southie newcomer Asin and Jiah Khan.The meaning of Ghajini is actually 'female elephant' in Hindi/Sanskrit but in the movie, Ghajini is the name of the main villain played by Pradeep Rawat. Well, here is the synopsis of Ghajini - the Hindi language film.
The story of the Ghajini movie is a copy of the English language Hollywood film, Memento. It was first made in Telugu and Tamil starring Surya in the lead role with the same heroine and villain. In the Ghajini Hindi movie remake, Aamir Khan plays Sanjay Singhania, the rich owner of a fictional telecom company called Air Voice. Asin is Kalpana, a small time model who acts in low grade commercials, while Jiah Khan is a dumb medical student. Ghajini - the movie begins with Aamir Khan's character Sanjay, killing and photographing a man. Sanjay suffers from short term memory loss and cannot remember names, people or places after 15 minutes, so he keeps a record of his life by writing notes, making tatoos on his body and taking photos with a polaroid camera at regular intervals.
Soon, a cop investigating the death of the murdered man, lands up at Sanjay's apartment. As he opens a diary dated in 2006, the film moves into flashback mode, where the love story between Sanjay and Kalpana is narrated. Here the Ghajini story becomes quite lame. Kalpana pretends to be having an affair with a rich industrialist - Sanjay Singhania to further her career. When Sanjay hears of it, he decides to meet her and is charmed by her beauty, charitable nature and bindaas attitude. He does not reveal his identity and chooses instead to become her friend, the struggling male model, Sachin. They fall in love.
One day, Sanjay goes on a business trip to London. Kalpana is supposed to go to Goa for a photo shoot. While in the general compartment of the train to Goa, she rescues some girls who are victims of a kidney racket and female trafficking. Soon, the bad guys, lead by the villain Ghajini come after her. She is murdered in front of her boyfriend Sanjay Singhania, who is hit on the head with a crowbar and loses his memory. She was still not aware of Aamir's real identity. The movie Ghajini then continues with Sanjay Singhania's struggle to avenge his love Kalpana's death.
Movie Review of Ghajini
Ghajini was an average sort of movie. There were many holes in the script and implausible scenes with no logic. The violence in the Ghajini film was way too much and Aamir Khan's look just did not suit the character. It is hard to believe that a mentally ill former industrialist visits a gym regularly enough to build a body like that.
However, the Ghajini Songs were good. The music was hummable and many of my friends have downloaded Ghajini ringtones and Ghajini wallpapers. Direction was commendable and the acting of newbie Kerala girl Asin was refreshing. Aamir's acting was as good as usual, but he looks more creepy than cute, nowadays !! Direction and photography was the best, with a posh look and feel being given to the movie.
Haven't seen the Telugu version of Ghajini but the English original film, Memento was definitely better scripted than this loser remake.
Watching Ghajini in Other Countries
Ghajini is also available dubbed in English or with English subtitles. Last I saw, Ghajini video was also available online on youtube, other videosharing websites as well as on blogs. I'd recommend the movie Ghajini as a one time watch....but remember to cover your eyes during those gory violent killing scenes.
Have you seen the Ghajini movie? What did you think of it?