Movie Review: Ghajini

Well, I liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚ But as Jeetendra loves to say while doling out his sometimes inane comments while judging reality dance shows, Jara namak kam tha. Only jara.



Plot is common, predictable one that every second Bollywood movie has: revenge for the wrongdoings done to you or your loved ones. Ghajini has a minor exception: Amir Khan is an amnesic patient who has short-term memory loss. He can remember things for only about 15 minutes. He doesnโ€™t remember his identity, his past life when he was a hotsshot businessman aka Sunil Mittal. So how does he avenge his love? He devises his own system of record-keeping, one that leaves him vulnerable to everyone โ€“ police, nosey people and villain himself. Ghajini.

I went to movie only knowing that Ghajini was name of villain, thanks to some reviews I superficially scanned on few blogs.

Yes, I admit scanned reviews superficially, because I wanted to watch Ghajini with clean slate. I hadnโ€™t seen the original movie Memento either. But even without it, I can say that except for Amirโ€™s retrograde amnesia, narrative is completely Bollywood pot-boiler style.

Memento has different narrative than Ghajini.

Memento has different narrative than Ghajini.

There are so many loopholes I can point out as a layman:

:spoiler begins: With Ghajiniโ€™s name written over Amirโ€™s body, and knowing his story, it wouldnโ€™t have been hard for Amirโ€™s loyal manager/doctor to figure out what he was upto. Why didnโ€™t they track down Ghajini for him or help him remember his task? Why does it have to be infuriatingly nosey Jiah Khan? How did Amir track other gang members without any help?? Pretty unusual that girl who has near-death experience never breathes a word about it to her fiancรฉ and plays it down. She is all over news, yet neither Sanjay (her fiancรฉ) nor one of the Sanjayโ€™s, wait-on-him-24/7-employees spot that news on TV. Speaking of news, Sanjay Singhania is so big that he gloats over televisions all the time, yet no one at the ad agency has seen him before! :spoiler ends:

There are other small cinematic goofups that would be befitting to include in Goofs section of an Imdb review.

What matters is the fact that even with so many irregularities, I liked the movie. First the good things:ย  One word that I associate with Amir Khan is piddi. Watch him wearing trousers that have waistbands not on his waist but ..uh..abdomen, you would know what I mean. There is actually a song in movie where he is wearing such trousers.) Yet this piddi, as 8-pack amnesiac victim on revenge, looks believable as an uncontrollably aggressive stud when he is assailed by his dark memories or when cornered.

Ghajini has every emotion from a Bollywood masala dictionary: romance, humour, action, thrill, suspense. I liked Amirโ€™s performance. Asin was good, but I felt she was overacting in initial part, perhaps owing to such a Miss-Florence-Nightingale character. Jiah Khanโ€™s character was very infuriating to me, but I should blame the shallow script. She was there just to provide requisite twists and turns to the movie. By virtue of her sex, she was also crucial to the climax scene. To re-enact.

The die-hard romantic in me was saddened by the fact it was only a budding romance that was cut so brutally shot by the unexpected. Unfulfilled is the word I would use for my experience. Villain, along with his team, was typical Bolly baddie from 80s. Music is average except perhaps Guzarish. Some of the song tracks were forced, they irritated me.

Yet I must thank the reviews by my fellow bloggers they made me watch the movie without any expectations. I had a gala time. I thank 8-pack piddi for this. Honestly, I did not yawn even once (ok..except perhaps in songs), I was thoroughly engaged, though unconvinced or unfulfilled. :spoiler: By the way, please figure this out for me, why did they have to kill the muscular Ravi-Kishan-look-alike police officer so unceremoniously? I can still laugh at โ€œDo not openโ€ note on his mouth. :Spoiler ends:

Rating: 3.5/5 (Of course, better than likes of Rab ne and Sarkar Raj)

25 Responses to “Movie Review: Ghajini”

  1. 1 Nikhil December 30, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Hmmm.. I’ve turned down three requests to go to this movie – I’m a huge fan of Memento, and I’m scared that I’ll be disappointed! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. 3 Smita December 30, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Watching it 2moro ๐Ÿ™‚ so skipped parts of the review ๐Ÿ™‚

    & lol at Piddi, I too am piddi ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. 4 Reema December 30, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Piddi!!!!!! LOL ๐Ÿ˜€
    I have read so many reviews now that I need to see it to judge it myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 5 vimal December 30, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Heyy, thats my rating too (mentioned it in Amits blog).

    I liked the movie; though a pucca masala movie, but it never made me yawn.

    and you didnt like the songs??? ooooh wait, its you, I forgot ! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. 6 Liju Philip December 31, 2008 at 6:18 am

    Piddi…hahahaha… I thought the music was awesome. Even better than the tamil Ghajini. Anyway, to each his/her own.

    Btw, the well built policeman (Ravi Kishen lookalike) is Riyaz Ahmad. He is a well known actor in tamil movies.

  6. 7 sakhi December 31, 2008 at 8:03 am

    I loved it! ๐Ÿ™‚ and Aamir, well, he was awesome (to put it mildly!) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 8 Poonam Sharma December 31, 2008 at 9:38 am

    @Nikhil: GHajini is NOT Memento. Excepto Amir’s medical condition, it has nothing in common. Memento narrative is completely different.

    If you don’t expect GHajini to be like Memento, you will enjoy it.

    @Smita: Me too, piddi, if you put it that way. But this guy wears dungarees tied on chest sometimes, I was liberal in the review. ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Reema: Yeah, would like to read your review too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Vimal: Actually I thought song sequenes were forced, I was not paying too much attention to it then. But what do you mean when you say oh, its you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Liju: About music, yes, to each his own, because my siter who watched movie with me revealed that she loved all the songs! ok ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Sakhi: yes, Amir was great. Did you finish reading the book, 7 hours? Did you like it?

    I didnt know before this movie who Riyaz Ahmed was, it would have been interesting to see him take Amir’s story forward instead of Jiah Khan.

  8. 9 Arpit December 31, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    aamir is looking like an inflated ball ๐Ÿ˜›
    and 3.5 hrs thats too long…..and i got to know that the name of the villain is ghajini….why didnt they make a title track? ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. 10 shaaakspsyco January 1, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    ya ya ya ya ya ya Gajni. Gajni. Aamir Khan.

  10. 11 Smita January 1, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Saw it yesterday and found it ok ok types. I mean run of the mill hai, dekho and bhool jao types….

    Flaws to zabardast hain, I won’t even start he he he…

  11. 12 Smita January 1, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    BTW I agree with the Piddi observation of yours, I was actually looking dhyan se ki where was he wearing his trousers he he he….

  12. 13 Kiran January 3, 2009 at 2:54 am

    I was almost cornered to watch Ghajini in the cinema. I might just catch in on DVD later ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 14 dinu January 3, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    I am watching both Hindi and Tamil versions of this movie and then Original Momento.. will let you all know my thoughts after that ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. 15 Ajith January 4, 2009 at 9:41 am

    What are these white dots falling from top?

  15. 16 udaykawa January 4, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Mindblowin film

  16. 17 arvind January 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I dint liek the music too ..
    tamil one had better ..
    actually iexpected more from AR rehman .. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  17. 18 Amit January 4, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    If Aamir ever read him being called “Piddi”, he’ll die of shame. ๐Ÿ˜›
    And liking a movie despite all those flaws is a miracle in itself! ๐Ÿ˜›
    Anyways, its a huge hit and it proves that we are all fools and just try to be different! ๐Ÿ˜†
    Happy New Year!!!!

  18. 19 Poonam Sharma January 5, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    @Arpit: yes, I too wonder why didnt they make title track, perhaps Amir didnt approve of it ๐Ÿ˜›

    @Smita: yes, it if flawed. I knew it, expected it and went there for being entertained, I was. ๐Ÿ™‚ I know it happens, when you read something, its unavoidable not to look where he is wearing his trousers. ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Dinu: MEmento has dofferent story than Ghajini, it is far superior. Narrative itself is different, so dont compare them.

    @Ajith: These are snow flakes falling to mark the festive season. Don’t you like it?

    @udaykawa: Seems you liked it more than I did. ๐Ÿ˜€

    @Arvind: yeah, you always expect phenomenal from A. R. Rehman. We forget, like Sachin, he is only human. ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Amit: But Amir is piddi. Nah, I wont try to be differnt. It was a complete masala movie, but I dont like OSO and Rabe ne, but I liked this one. Honestly. This one was immersive.

    Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. 20 Chirag January 5, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Poonam, Adding to Spoilers : In the end when hulk is on the rampage to Kill Gajahi, none of the baddies have a gun, I mean not even the head, is this something to do with recession?

  20. 21 Anshul January 6, 2009 at 11:48 am

    @Chirag, Its not due to recession. But after recent terrorist attacks, even public toilets have beefed up their security. So, you cannot carry guns and weapons, or even kitchen knives and other basic things/tools anywhere.

    BTW, even James Bond has stopped using both basic and advanced weapons these days.

  21. 22 Harry January 7, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I think the movie deserves a 10, it turned out so funny! But hey…wait a minute…was this an action flick?!

  22. 23 shaan January 29, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    ghajini is hit that’s true but aamir’s perfection in his acting and performance had made it a disaster hit…..
    i left the threater with wet eyes …… it was so much touching

  23. 24 Poonam February 3, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    @Anshul: THat was funny.

    @Harry: I can understand your disappointment.

    @shaan: I smiled at your comment. he he Touche’

  24. 25 baghishehzada February 6, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    man I just hated this movie..couldnt stand it.One half of the movie Amir Looks like a gay model and the second half he is this killing machine.I was totally put off.Got a headache too and felt robbed:(

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