Thursday, December 25, 2008

Gha(stly)jini

Alright. I watched the movie despite being warned by a friend that it is a remake of the South Indian movie and not a remake of Memento, the brilliant film by Christopher Nolan. And I got dearly punished for it.

Ghajini, for me, is a 3 hr 15 min torture to be endured. The film is about a guy with a short term memory loss ( This term is wrong though. The guy is unable to convert short term to long term memory. Even Memento got it wrong) who is seeking revenge for his love's (Asin) death. OK, so far so good. But the whole focus in the film is on how Aamir has built his unreal muscles and how he gets to use them. His condition is left to the viewers' imagination with a brief 'he can't remember anything beyond 15 mins' dismissal. So with a series of discrete scenes joined to make a movie, Aamir gets his revenge on Ghajini Dharmatma (Weird ass name) after going through a whole lot of trouble.

There are certain things I'd like to outline. Asin is cute in her bubbly girl role, a role getting pretty common nowadays. But the good girl in her is very illogical at times, like when she forgot to switch off her cell phone when the killers were in her house, and a lot many more I had counted in the hall, but have forgotten now. The police inspector can run faster than a bus. This shows you are watching a south remke. None of the goondas seem to have guns when Aamir is around. They fight with medieval weapons like clubs and swords. Also, Aamir can read two diaries, follow the bad guys, beat about 12 guys in a span of 15 minutes.

I'd have been disappointed lesser if they had actually shown how Aamir accumulated all his data on the killers, as shown in Memento. But the main crux of the film is on Aamir flexing his 8-packs and killing a bunch of guys. Jiah Khan has been dealt a hard deal as a medical student interested in the case, because she barely gets screen time (not that her performance demanded it). She seems more of a journalist than an MBBS student. Why Aamir is shown as a psycho who shouts when he gets a chance is beyond me. I thought he just had memory loss problem and not schizophrenia.

Lastly, I'd like to tell all the people who thought Ghajini was actually good to go and watch Memento. Please do. And then revert back with your comments.

3 comments:

Vasavadatta said...

I've seen memento, now after your review I won't bother with Ghajini.

In my opinion the only reason the movie is a hit is because it has Aamir Khan in it. The zealots who are currently praising it wouldn't bother watching it if the movie had a lesser known actor in his place.

Neeraj said...

great review!

"The police inspector can run faster than a bus. This shows you are watching a south remake"-LOL

"and a lot many more I had counted in the hall, but have forgotten now"- and that just sums up why cynice like us go to the movies

"Why Aamir is shown as a psycho who shouts when he gets a chance is beyond me."- lol, I swear if any of us knew, bollywood would be a no-show

karthik said...

dude,as usual im going to disagree with u critics and cynics.u shld always look at making it seem real.

for eg:-ppl can run faster than a bus in mumbai.i did once.
how would u expect to remeber the cell phone when uve seen ppl hiding and ready to murder u?

ya the movie has flaws.bt point out the right ones.i would still be disagreeing though