Ghajini Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:35:53.2330000 IST


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Year 2008 will indeed go down as one of the most historic one for the lovers of quality film music as it will be remembered as the year when Bollywood's most revered and
talented and extremely choosy music director, of this era, A. R. Rahman bestowed upon his fans four superlative albums. Starting with Ashutosh Gowariker's magnum-opus JODHAA AKBAR followed by ADA - A WAY OF LIFE, Aamir Khan's JAANE TU... YA JAANE NA and the most recent one, Subhash Ghai's YUVVRAAJ. Needless to add that all these albums were classy and a hit with the patrons of good quality music, barring ADA- A WAY OF LIFE (commercially). His long term association with
perfectionist actor, Aamir Khan has always brought out the best in Rahman (RANGEELA, LAGAAN, MANGAL PANDEY and RANG DE BASANTI) and naturally expectations assume humungous proportions as his last album, GHAJINI, makes it to the stands this year itself. The Tamil version of GHAJINI had some rocking music by the top music director of South India, Harris Jayaraj. And with music maestro, A.R.Rahman at the helm this time around, with help in the lyrical department from the new age lyricist, the intellectually brilliant Prasoon Joshi (their RDB was path breaking), things can only get better. So, without wasting time let us check out the GHAJINI audio.

Sonu Nigam's cupid struck humming and mandolin strums commence 'Guzarish' as he serenades the listeners, transporting them into a beautiful make belief romantic world, through this stunningly striking love ballad. Much like the signature tune of Rahman's last romantic track from the album, YUVVRAAJ ('Tu Meri Dost Hai') this love ballad too relies heavily on Sonu's haunting background hummings to create the subtle love effect. Here though, Sonu Nigam is the guest vocalist and is present only for the humming part, which is incorporated in the beginning, in between and also in the end. But don't be disappointed as Rahman's new favourite, Javed Ali ('Jashn-E-Bahara')
holds fort quite strongly with his crackling strong vocals. Javed Ali is a revelation here, as in 'Jashn-E-Bahara' his vocals were quite base and deep to match Hrithik while here Javed's superb voice modulations are in sync with Aamir's perfect and smooth ones. Only his diction presents a minor problem which needs to be corrected. This propositioning number becomes super special because of Prasoon Joshi's lovely lyrics which are simple yet they are awesome, as there cannot be a better word than the urdu word, 'guzarish', meaning request to appear polite and polished . 'Bas ek haan ki guzarish, Phir hogi khushiyon ki barish, Tu meri adhuri pyaas pyaas, Tu aa gayi man ko raas raas, Ab to tu aa ja paas paas, Hai guzarish.' A proposal which cannot be turned down at any cost, such is the effect of the number. So all you guys in love go ahead, it's our 'guzarish' to propose to your beloved with this number this Valentine day and you sure will succeed. An excellent, in fact, a gem of a track from the maestro.

Suzanne is the female vocalist who has been entrusted with the next number, 'Aye Bachchu' . And the number is just right for Suzanne, as she has become a sort of an icon for the songs that require full of attitude, westernized singing. But we are forced to say that if this number was by Pritam, one would have rated it as passable but this comes from Rahman, the musical genius and so, it disappoints. Nothing, but the best is expected of the maestro. May be in his defense we can say that the song is a situational one but it is a let down nevertheless, specially after a cracker of a start in form of 'Guzarish'. Prasoon Joshi's lyrics though situational and apt still disappoint. Once again it's Prasoon, the lyricist of RANG DE BASANTI and TAARE ZAMEEN PAR, so obviously the level of expectancy is much higher. The recent number on this line
that we heard was 'Oop Oop Cha' (DRONA) and 'Soniya'(KIDNAP).

Thankfully, Rahman and Prasoon are back to their best with the next track, 'Kaise Mujhe', a classy romantic composition that has a mesmerizing effect on the listeners. The beauty of the number lies in its very smooth, slow paced melody and the lovely musical arrangements in the background. The superb use of 'sitar', piano' lend an air of romance, a number that can be effectively be used in a candlelight dinner by a couple in love or even in ballroom dancing. This is true blue Rahman, the Rahman we all love and revere. And his counterpart, Prasoon Joshi who has always been a superb support too is in full flow. His poetic prowess is diligently brought to the fore through this lovely love ballad. 'Kaise mujhe tum mil gayee, Kismat pe aaye na yakeen' No 'tukbandi' (rhyming words), here. Of course the two singers Benny Dayal (after a splendid
JAANE TU... and YUVVRAAJ) and Shreya Ghoshal need to be mentioned, as it is their combined superlative effort that makes this one an outstanding track, though it may not be universally appealing .



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However, having highlighted these 'Short-Term Flaw' I must admit that the movie is in line with Hollywood revenge films. The action is slick, the fight sequences powerful, almost giving you a Jean Claude Van Damme impact. Full marks to Aamir for working on his physique to get the desired effect to put in that extra power into his role of a killing machine. He is simply marvelous when he bares his torso. His fight scenes are'up there' and his overall performance, well it would suffice to say that only a perfectionist would come up with a zinger! Asin who is already a rage down south, and who is also part of the hit Tamil version, is good. But there is something lacking in her skill. I mean she does not exactly go out there and 'attack' each scene. But she does endear in some scenes.

GHAJINI is a complete entertainer; it has action, romance, comedy, suspense and revenge, the age-old Bollywood formula. And Murugadoss has packaged it to meet the needs of the time and elevated it to a slick status, making use of the advancement in technology that was not afforded to revenge films of the 80s or 90s. He also comes in with the added advantage of having directed the hit Tamil film by the same name, which was a remake of Christopher Nolan's 2000 flick, MEMENTO.

The movie is about Aamir who is out to avenge his grilfriend's death. Aamir is a rich businessman, who 'accidentally' falls in love with Asin, a struggling model. During the course of their courtship, Aamir proposes to Asin and she agrees not knowing that he is who he is. In the meanwhile, Asin loves to help out the needy and one such exercise of her proves fatal. She rescues 25 girls who are being taken to Goa. GHAJINI, the man behind the flesh trade is not amused. He enters her house with his goons and does away with her, even as Aamir enters at the same time, to tell her who he actually is. He is hit on the head and hence the brain disorder when he cannot remember things for more than 15 minutes.

The film clocks three hours and the audience, who love typical Bollywood films, and are starving for the same, loved every minute of it. If violence revenge and a little bit of romance is what you like, GHAJINI is what you will love.

In the first few days, this film will break box-office records for the year.

Rating - 3.5/5



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Aamir Khan takes great pains to promote his movies, whether he is the producer, director or even an actor. I don't know the financial stake he has in A R Murugadoss' GHAJINI, but the way he has gone about promoting the movie, it appears as if it's his production or direction. But then, he is Aamir the perfect perfectionist. So it would be in line to first highlight the technical flaws in the screenplay, which leaves you asking many questions

  • Like for instance, why is the death of the police officer, tracking down Aamir who is on a killing spree, not investigated?


  • Also, he (the police officer) is locked up in Aamir's house for at least a day if not more, why did no one in the force miss him?


  • Also, with the help of just one bus ticket, after the first killing, how come the said police officer 'zeroes in' quicker than the Scotland Yard on the right conductor of the BEST bus, who even knows where Aamir boards the bus from?


  • Also, what happens to the chaddi advertisement, Aamir (Sanjay) agrees to do for Asin (Kalpana). Now here is the Chairman of Air Voice, a mobile company, has not anyone seen him in the ad? Moreover, Asin is blissfully unaware of his 'super rich' status even though she claims to be his girlfriend. When he goes for the shoot, the film breaks into a song in Namibia, with the much-talked about six looks of Aamir. Was it a dream sequence, or were the audience dreaming?


  • And how come Jiah Khan, who plays a medical student, easily comes upon Aamir's medical file, wherein, the movie introduces Aamir and his medical problem - that of 'Short Term Memory Loss'. More importantly, the doctor taking the class knows that Aamir's is also a police case, so how come when he is arrested trying to kill Jiah, the police have no records about him.


  • Also, when Jiah Khan is trying to figure out what happened after June 2006 to Aamir, she goes to an archive that stores newspapers when all she had to do is 'Google' the names Sanjay and Kalpana!!


  • Finally, when RAB NE BANA DE JODI released two weeks ago, the ushers and staff at Big Cinemas, Wadala, sported the GHAJINI haircut, like many from other multiplexes. The least they could have done, or Aamir could have looked into, was to see that the look was maintained at the time of release as well and all through the week. Their hair has grown and the trademark lines on the scalp have been buried!

I'm sure Aamir would like to look into these flaws, or again, knowing the perfectionist that he is, he is aware and since this is a typical masala Bollywood film, he has let it be.





download GHAJINI wallpapers

download GHAJINI wallpapers

However, having highlighted these 'Short-Term Flaw' I must admit that the movie is in line with Hollywood revenge films. The action is slick, the fight sequences powerful, almost giving you a Jean Claude Van Damme impact. Full marks to Aamir for working on his physique to get the desired effect to put in that extra power into his role of a killing machine. He is simply marvelous when he bares his torso. His fight scenes are'up there' and his overall performance, well it would suffice to say that only a perfectionist would come up with a zinger! Asin who is already a rage down south, and who is also part of the hit Tamil version, is good. But there is something lacking in her skill. I mean she does not exactly go out there and 'attack' each scene. But she does endear in some scenes.

GHAJINI is a complete entertainer; it has action, romance, comedy, suspense and revenge, the age-old Bollywood formula. And Murugadoss has packaged it to meet the needs of the time and elevated it to a slick status, making use of the advancement in technology that was not afforded to revenge films of the 80s or 90s. He also comes in with the added advantage of having directed the hit Tamil film by the same name, which was a remake of Christopher Nolan's 2000 flick, MEMENTO.

The movie is about Aamir who is out to avenge his grilfriend's death. Aamir is a rich businessman, who 'accidentally' falls in love with Asin, a struggling model. During the course of their courtship, Aamir proposes to Asin and she agrees not knowing that he is who he is. In the meanwhile, Asin loves to help out the needy and one such exercise of her proves fatal. She rescues 25 girls who are being taken to Goa. GHAJINI, the man behind the flesh trade is not amused. He enters her house with his goons and does away with her, even as Aamir enters at the same time, to tell her who he actually is. He is hit on the head and hence the brain disorder when he cannot remember things for more than 15 minutes.

The film clocks three hours and the audience, who love typical Bollywood films, and are starving for the same, loved every minute of it. If violence revenge and a little bit of romance is what you like, GHAJINI is what you will love.

In the first few days, this film will break box-office records for the year.

Rating - 3.5/5


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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Aamir Khan, Asin and Jiah Khan
  • Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi and Pravin Mani
  • Director: A.R.Murugadoss, A R Murugadoss
  • Music Director: A. R. Rahman
  • Release Date : 23 Dec 2008

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