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Release Date : 25 December 2008
Year : 2008
Banner : Geetha Arts
Producer : Allu Arvind , Tagore Madhu , Madhu Mantena
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Genre : Action | Thriller
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Imagine being one of the most successful businessmen in the country. Sanjay Singhania (Aamir) is a rich businessman who owns a cellular phone company. Kalpana (Asin) is a model who brags to her friends and peers that she is the love interest of Sanjay, though in reality she doesn’t even know the man. When Sanjay comes to know about this anonymous admirer of his, he decides to dispel her delusions. But on his way he sees a beautiful woman helping the handicapped kids cross the road. Instantly, Sanjay falls for her. Later, he comes to know that she is Kalpana, the same model who boasted of being his girlfriend. Sanjay gets introduced to Kalpana but doesn’t disclose his real identity. Love blossoms between the two. While on a train ride, Kalpana saves a group of young girls from a rowdy bunch of eve-teasing goons. A few days later, the same group of eve teasers, led by their notorious head (Pradeep Rawat) close in on Kalpana. But Sanjay arrives and fights them. In the ensuing scuffle, Kalpana is killed and Sanjay is hit on his head with an iron rod. Though Sanjay is able to survive the injury, he loses his memory. He gets only flashbacks of what really happened and his short memory makes it difficult to remember things he did just minutes back. How this man, who can’t even remember the killers of his ladylove, goes about taking his revenge is what the remaining story is about. Jiah Khan plays a medical student who helps Sanjay find the killers.

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Celebrates the Return of the Formula

By Movie Talkies, 26 December 2008 4 / 5

Aamir Khan, the actor, has the habit of springing surprises. Post Taare Zameen Par, one had assumed that he was now onto meaningful, serious cinema. Then he springs his surprise by working in AR Murugadoss' Ghajini, a true blue masala film. But what Aamir manages to do, is retain his seriousness. He brings a rare maturity and seriousness into his portrayal of the character of Sanjay Singhania, the protagonist of Ghajini. In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say that Aamir's performance in Ghajini gives the good old masala potboilers a much needed shot in the arm. Like all formula fare, Ghajini's story is, in a certain sense, predictable, but what raises the bar here is the manner in which the movie has been shot, its screenplay, and its rivetting performances by the lead pair of Aamir and Asin. The point really to note here is how good intentions, backed by a perfectionist streak, can transform even the most done to death revenge formula into such a rivetting movie. The film's USP is naturally Aamir Khan and quite deservedly so. Except for Asin, none of the other characters are worth more than a mention. A lot of that, of course, has to do with their relative importance in the general scheme of things. But the only flaw in the film which stands out glaringly is the lack of a suitably menacing antagonist. Pradeep Rawat's Ghajini is hardly menacing enough to create the perfect counterfoil to Aamir's Sanjay Singhania. Also the clash between Asin's Kalpana and Ghajini, is weak and seems more like a rushed job, as if the director and storywriter, could not wait to get on with the blood and gore portions. Despite the film's running length of some three odd hours, director Murugadoss manages to hold the attention of his audiences, as the narrative moves back and forth, into the past and then back into the present, never once losing the thread. There has been much speculation about whether the film is based on Christopher Nolan's Memento or not. But that fact hardly bothers one as Murugadoss's protagonist and his tale has the audience glued to their seats. Ghajini is the tale of a cell company head honcho, Sanjay Singhania, a shy, diffident tycoon, who finds love with a smalltime model and good Samaritan, Kalpana (Asin). Love blossoms between the two with Kalpana never realizing that Sanjay, who she thinks is Sachin, is actually a tycoon. She mistakes him for a struggling model and tries to help him out with a break for an underwear ad. However, Kalpana's clash with Ghajini (Rawat), brings their love story to an end. All that Sanjay is left with, is a mind that has a memory span of only 15 minutes, a diary which details his life until that fateful day when Kalpana was killed by the goons, some photographs and the various tattoos on his body, which give his life a purpose and mission, which is to find Ghajini and kill him. Aamir's transformation from the shy, diffident, mature lover boy to the superbly beefed up, revengehungry Sanjay, is remarkable. The surprising thing about this film is the fact that actually Aamir does not speak much. He has very few dialogues, but what he does do is speak volumes with his eyes and his body language; even his silences are more eloquent than the spoken word. That is what makes Ghajini stand out, even from those early Rajkumar Santoshi collaborations with Sunny Deol. As the narrative alternates between the dark present and the warm memories of yesterday, one finds oneself almost missing the shy lover boy. In fact, it's probably been ages since Aamir has played the conventional lover boy and he is so convincing and pleasing that one is loath to let go of him. His stark portrayal of the revenge driven Sanjay is of course masterly, giving as it does a neat touch to the archetypal action hero of yore. The action sequences are deadly and have been executed with clinical precision. Besides Aamir, the other loveable factor about the movie is Asin, who makes her Hindi film debut with Ghajini. She breezes her way through the role of Kalpana, with a spontaneity and simplicity which is quite captivating. She more than manages to hold her own opposite Aamir and excels in the scene when she is hounded by the goons. As for the rest of the cast, Jiah Khan as the helpful medical student and Rawat as Ghajini are just about competent. AR Rahman's music is the other highlight of the movie. Two numbers, specially, 'Behka, Behka Sa' and 'Guzarish' really stand out. The numbers have also been beautifully choreographed and captured on camera by cinematographer Ravi Chandran, who does a great job with the rest of the film as well. Murugadoss reveals his hold over the cinematic medium as he retells an oft heard tale in a fresh and innovative manner. Ghajini is a commercial, masala film and it makes no bones about it. In fact, it would be no exaggeration to say that the film celebrates the return of the commercial potboiler. This formula works!

Guzarish is the pick of the lot

By Movie Talkies, 18 December 2008 3 / 5

When Rahman and Aamir Khan have come together, there has always been musical magic, beginning in 1995 with Rangeela and continuing with films like 1947 Earth, Lagaan, Rang De Basanti and the Aamir Khan produced Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na this year. No wonder the expectations from the music of Ghajin are immense especially since Prasoon Joshi has penned the lyrics. There are a couple of really nice tracks in this album and moreover the different styles of music that Rahman has used from Jazz, western, romance and even a touch of Arabian, should truly be applauded. However Guzarish is really the only number which has immense repeat value and will surely be the song that is remembered the most even much post the release of the film. As mentioned, Guzarish is clearly the best number of the album. Sonu Nigam as the guest vocalist starts of the number which is a sweet romantic number sung by Javed Ali. The mandolins add a romantic feel to the song and although the lyrics are very simple, it is this simplicity that will make it a favourite because the lyrics can be easily remembered. The moment Aye Bachchu starts off, it reminds you of Latka from Hindustani but this is a more rock, electric guitar based song with a strong international feel to the composition. Sung by Suzanne who is perfect for songs like this, the song may not have immense recall but whenever you hear it, you find yourself enjoying it, even if you don't rush to hit the repeat button. There is a certain freshness which the song exudes and the fact that it is picturized on Asin who debuts in Ghajini will also add to the freshness on screen. The tongue twister lyrics amongst the electric guitar and drums is a nice touch. Kaise Mujhe starts with electronic sounds but quickly transforms into a beautiful melody based romantic number which has a certain haunting feel to it. Benny and Shreya Ghoshal add a soul to this song which grows on you with subsequent listens and is a close second to Guzarish as the best song of the album. Orchestra and electronics have been used effectively without ever being overpowering and combined with the flawless singing, this song is overall a beautiful composition. The instrumental version is equally enjoyable as it brings to the forefront the strong melody of the song. Although Bekha is a popular number in terms of the promos and the various looks of Aamir in the song, it is the only track which sounds like it actually belongs in a South India film in spite of the sprinkles of Jazz Rahman has added. Somewhere the song just lacks punch in spite of a nice musical intro. Karthik adds life to the song in the vocals but yet it is just about an average number. Latoo comes as a surprise both because it is very unlike most Rahman songs and also because Shreya rarely sings such pacy numbers. This one has faster beats then Aye Bachchu and is picturized on Jiah Khan. Although the lyrics are nothing great to rave about, there is something extremely fun to this number which will help in climbing the music charts. It has a bit of an Arabian touch in the middle which adds to the fun and overall it has more repeat value then Aye Bachchu. Overall Ghajini is an enjoyable album with a mix of romantic numbers and pacy ones as well. Guzarish and Kaise Mujhe are the best while Latoo and Aye Bachchu are fun numbers which will find mass appeal. Behka is the only really average number in this album.
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Eka of indian film industry
Assadullah Khan, Dec 02, 2008
5 / 5
Aamir Khan is undoubtly super star and no.1 hero of indian film industry. His forth comming 'GHAJINI' will break all previous box office records. Like other Aamir's movies this movie will bring another trend in indian film industry. Wish you best of luck Aamir.

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