Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Ghajini (December 25, 2008) The Review...


FANTASTIC ... OUTSTANDING - SIMPLY GREAT..That's the best way to describe the expectations that one has from the music of Ghajini. An Aamir Khan project is always big. When A.R. Rahman gets involved, it only becomes bigger.
Ever since the music release of Roja, the common saying for almost a decade and a half has been - 'Rahman's music takes time to grow'.

Ghajini is what one calls as a chartbuster album in the offering. Clearly boasting of Rahman's best soundtrack of the year (yes, it is better than Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa, Jodhaa Akbar, Yuvvraaj and Ada), Ghajini in fact, sees Rahman-Aamir collaboration being successful yet again after some of their best work together in Rang De Basanti, Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India and Rangeela. The music of Ghajini is all set to make waves way into 2009 after the Christmas release of the film. When 'best of the best' list would be compiled at the year end, it would be hard to ignore Ghajini.


Sanjay Singhania, a rich businessman who owns a cellular phone company named Air Voice. Kalpana, an advertisement model goes around telling her advertisement crew that she is the love interest of Sanjay, in spite of her having never met him & also goes to the extent of giving an interview about her relationship to a popular magazine.

Sanjay happens to hear about this through the media & wants to settle scores with her. On his way, he catches a fleeting glimpse of a young woman (who happens to be Kalpana) helping handicapped children cross a street. It is love at first sight for Sanjay. He moves on to confront Kalpana at her advertisement studio. He is pleasantly surprised to realize that she is the same helpful woman he saw a while ago. He chooses to hide the fact from her that he is Sanjay, calling himself as Manohar. Kalpana eventually falls in love with him.Once, while on a train to Mumbai, Kalpana saves a group of young girls from abuse by a group of goons led by Lakshman.

After a few days, the same goons come to Kalpana’s house in order to avenge their embarrassment. Incidentally, Sanjay arrives at the scene & fights off the goons, but during the ensuing fight, Kalpana is murdered. The irony showcased is that Kalpana never finds out that he is Sanjay. Lakshman then strikes the downcast Sanjay on his head severely with a metal rod.

Sanjay survives the blow, but acquires ANTEROGRADE AMNESIA because of the trauma of his brain injury. At any given time, he does not remember anything that happened more than 15 minutes back, although he frequently has flashbacks of Kalpana’s murder. He determines to take revenge on those responsible for Kalpana’s death. The rest of the story is about how Sanjay, along with a medical college student Sunita goes about finding Lakshman and the goons.

Aamir delivers his career-best performance. In the first place, it requires courage and maturity to name the film after the villain. Knowing how egoistic our stars are, something like this is next to impossible in Hindi films.

The film itself is impressive in bits, with some terrific sequences, but the romance takes away its thunder. It is a breezy watch that could have been a really crackling one, and while there really is timepass fun to be had, the overwhelming feeling is one of regret.
For what can you say about a film on memory loss that turns out to be so absent minded, and then again violence, more violence and.. cuts / cuts / cuts..Ghajini is a must watch for an Aamir Khan fan.