Guess what! GHAJINI, which was originally made in Tamil and released to a bumper response all over, is a BIG HIT all over again. And the film has Aamir Khan's Hindi version of the movie to thank! Ever since the GHAJINI mania intensified close to 4 weeks back, curiosity started building up for the original Tamil film as well. So much so that there have been an onslaught of enquiries about the film. Due to huge demand for the film's DVDs, massive reordering was called for in the weeks to follow.
Says the owner of a prominent music retail chain in Bangalore, "Even though people in South have already seen the movie in it's Tamil as well as the dubbed Telugu version, there are repeated queries about the film's DVDs. We have had to order fresh lot of GHAJINI because of such heavy demand. Since they are priced at a mere Rs. 150/=, the DVDs are going off the shelves like hot cakes."
It is not only the South Indian audience that is re-looking at comparing the Hindi version with the Tamil original. Even those who have seen the film for the first time with Aamir Khan in the lead are curious to see how did the South version look like? Especially so, since the two films boast of entirely different climax sequences. Also, Pradeep Rawat, the man who plays the title role of GHAJINI, is in double role in the film, an angle that was eliminated in the Hindi version.
Says Suruchi Sancheti, a college lecturer, "I can't understand a word of Tamil but for me watching it all over again is an interesting preposition because I want to see what was it that prompted Aamir to act in the remake. I have heard great things about the movie and have somehow laid my hands on the film's DVD. Thankfully, with English subtitles, I should be able to have fun and be entertained."
Released in 2005, Tamil version of GHAJINI also starred Asin, Nayantara and Riyaz Khan.