The Cast and Crew
Aamir Khan, Asin, Jiah Khan, Pradeep Rawat, Khalid Siddiqui
Cinematography: Ravi K. Chandran
Music: A R Rahman
Producer: Tagore Madhu & Madhu Mantena
Banner :Geetha Arts
Director: A.R. Murugadoss
Released Date: December 25, 2008
Ghajini swings forth to and fro in time spans narrating the saga of an ebullient love, a murder for gain and a gory tale of vengeance and retribution.
Sanjay Singhania (Aamir Khan) is a young and upwardly mobile enterprenuer who is keen to establish himself as a successful businessman. He already has a reputation of being shrewd as well as being generous.
Sanjay meets Kalpana (Asin) in one of those fortuitous circumstances and his life takes a fateful turn.
Kalpana is ebullient and a compulsive chatter-box. She mistakes Sanjay to be a struggling model. She even boasts to every one that the businessman Sanjay loves her deeply. Sanjay plays to her charade and a lovely romance evolves between them.
Kalpana accidentally rubs Ghajini (Pradeep Rawat) and his deadly gang of goons. Kalpana is murdered and Sanjay is grievously injured.
With the disadvantage of a temporary loss of memory but with a strong will to avenge the murder of Kalpana, Sanjay lives life on-an-edge-of-the-cliff situation. This is a case of a disadvantaged victim trying to get even with an organized gang of anarchists who are in an advantageous situation, numerically, politically and otherwise.
Will Sanjay succeed in avenging the death of Kalpana?
Ghajini has been virtually carried on the shoulders of an 8-pack-abs body of Aamir Khan. Though this is a role quite commonly seen in formula films, Aamir raises the level of his performance to such a summit, that every nuance and expression, the body language and attitude is simply extraordinary.
Asin is like a fluttering bird riding on the wave of a fresh breeze. Jiah acquits herself very well. Pradeep Rawat is more convincing as a hard core baddy. All others are adequate.
The storyline, style of narration and screenplay are the highlights of this film. The story is told at two levels. The present shows a maniac looking Aamir appears indulging in senseless murders. The past is revealed through Sunita (Jiah) a researcher. If Murugadoss did a very good job with Surya’s Tamil Ghajini, he did a fabulous job with Aamir’s Hindi Ghajini.
Rahman’s music is as usual at its lilting best. Ravi Chandran’s cinematography is exciting and exhilarating. Editing and audiography are very good.
Ghajini is one of those mainstream films that has all the ingredients of formula cinema, the aura of a cult film, the essentials of a classic and that odd indefinable feel that fleets through a satiated mind after watching a well-made film with outstanding performances.
3.75 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar