Directed by A. R. Murugadoss
Produced by Aamir Khan, Allu Arvind, Tagore Madhu, Madhu Mantena
Written by A. R. Murugadoss
Starring Aamir Khan, Asin Thottumkal, Jiah Khan, Pradeep Rawat, Riyaz Khan
Music by A.R. Rahman
Distributed by Studio 18, Adlabs
Release date December 25, 2008
Running time 181 mins
I became a huge fan of Aamir Khan after I saw Taare Zameen Par, and with all the hype surrounding Ghajini I was anxiously waiting for its release. The initial promos did let me down, a bit, when only the song “Guzarish” was being shown on the television. Make no mistake, its a great song, but Aamir Khan movies are much more than just music isn’t it? So then while watching Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, I also saw the theatrical trailer of Ghajini. And I was taken aback by it, and I really wanted to see it. Now that finally I’ve seen it, TWICE, I must say its really a wonderful experience to watch such a film. Bollywood movies have really come a long way now, and its all really getting better and better. Its much more of a real cinematic experience now. Ghajini only took it one step further. Lately there have been many movies with the hatke storyline. But not everyone of them carried this level of commercial cinema in them. Welcome to Ghajini.
This might be a remake of Memento, which I haven’t seen yet. I want to see it sometime soon, anyways comparisons it might draw, none are needed. Ghajini is a Bollywood film with the superb performance by the brilliant Aamir Khan, good direction by A. R. Murugadoss and some wonderful music and background score which makes it a great experience. Ghajini is about Sanjay Singhania, a businessman, and how his lovely life suddenly takes a very wrong and unintended turn and changes his life forever. Read the complete plot here.
First things first, Aamir Khan, he really deserves all the accolades out there. He really puts in a fabulous performance. The role demanded a lot and Aamir did all the justice he could. He carries the movie brilliantly. He really worked out his body for the movie, which looks great. Asin Thottumkal is not a newcomer by any means. She’s already won Filmfare awards for her Tamil & Telugu movies, but being her first Hindi film, she really did a great job. I was impressed by the way she handled the various kinds of dialogues. Her dialogue delivery was pretty apt in whichever situation. Not to mention she looks great too. Jiah Khan was somewhat a bit off color at times. I didn’t like her much, but she did a couple of scenes well. Rest of the actors did a good job. A. R. Murugadoss handled the direction well, but just one concern here, the action scenes were too South Indian movie style at times. Rest all of it was very good. What I really liked was the way the whole story was carried and shown.
Another big strength of the movie was its music. A.R. Rahman as always brings out another fantastic album. Guzarish is a very nice song. Aye Bachchoo & Latoo were not that great, but Kaise Mujhe is a wonderful track. I’ve been hooked onto this song ever since I have heard it. Behka is an ok track, but the picturization was very nice. Background music was also superb. Added to the quality of the whole experience. The starting credits sequence was again very thoughtful, going with the theme of the movie. Cinematography was also very good.
All in all definitely a must watch. Aamir Khan puts in a stellar performance and the movie really keeps you hooked onto it right till the end.