(NO SPOILERS!).. Read on.. I wonder if this is the first audience blog-post about Ghajini on the internet! 😉
Ghajini has all the makings of a block-buster! (Duh! – Aamir Khan!) … Actually, I am an Aamir Khan fan myself (Read my review of Taare Zameen Par) and I was lucky enough to be able to catch a paid preview of Ghajini at Fame Aurangabad. I think the best way to really “review” a movie is to watch it alone and not have your opinions / perceptions / interpretations clouded by the people you might be watching it with! – I caught the movie alone because I had nothing to do at Aurangabad until the the late night train back to Mumbai made it’s way to the heritage city!
The movie is an entertainer – some of the action sequences are of the quality that Bollywood has never seen. Ghajini portrays Aamir Khan as a near super-hero as far as the action is concerned! – In fact, if this becomes a commercial success – I will not be surprised if the promoters decided to make him a “regular” super-hero who has 15 minutes of memory and a physical ability matching that of Popeye, the Sailor (sans spinach, of course!)
Asin (playing Kalpana) does an absolutely fabulous job as the sensitive, chirpy, middle-class girl-next door! – Kudos to her really – she was OUT OF THIS WORLD! Jia Khan hardly has too much of screen-space and time, so this should not be a barometer for her. Aamir Khan, as usual, has put in 125% and some of his expressions are scary! – Now that takes some hard work, given Aamir’s otherwise chocolate loverboy looks! But I have to admit one thing here – Aamir is the second most appropriate actor in Bollywood who could have done this role. Hrithik Roshan would have been my choice #1! If you have seen the movie, do you agree with me?? – I would like to know!
The Music by A.R. Rehman is Average! – I do not think he has lived upto his reputation post-Guru! The cinematography, editing and camera-work is phenomenal and the director has an excessive eye for detail! The movie thrills at times and goes over-board with the romances and useless song-and-dance sequences – not called-for in a movie like Ghajini. Another point to note is that this is a movie which is named after the antagonist (villain!) rather than the protagonist!
On a more personal level, what made watching the movie slightly more exciting was that it is shot in Hiranandani in Mumbai – where my workplace is located! 🙂 .. All in all, it was time (and money) well spent. Actually, I don’t know if the “time” bit is justified – 3 hours 15 minutes. I think Aamir comes out with only ONE movie every year(or two!) so he can’t help but increase the length of the movie!