Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Story:
The story is about a man who is seeking revenge for the death of a loved one. The problem is that he forgets everything after fifteen minutes and must retrain his mind with Polaroids he has taken of people and places. He has killed several people and is in search of the one who is responsible for the death of his beloved. He quickly finds out who this killer is and goes on a crazed, violent rampage to get justice.
Aamir Khan as Sanjay Singhania - The transformation of the character is really amazing. The difference between who Sanjay Singhania was and what he's become is like going from a normal, well-adjusted happy human being to an angry, revenge seeking, animal killing machine, with tinges of remorse.
Asin Thottumkal as Kalpana - A pretty, funny and generous woman who is always winning people over with her charm.
Jiah Khan as Sunita - She's slightly overcurious and the cause of many problems, but nice and well-meaning.
Pradeep Rawat as Ghajini - An angry, but powerful man who doesn't seem to show concern for who he's killed.
Aamir Khan as Sanjay Singhania
Asin Thottkumkal as Kalpana
Jiah Khan as Sunita
Pradeep Rawat as Ghajini
Distributor: Studio 18, Adlabs
Production House: Studio 18, Adlabs
Story & Screenplay: A. R. Murugadoss
Choreography: Gita Kapoor
Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi
Music Director: A. R. Murugadoss
What Works:
The story within the story is a nice break. The viewer sees Sanjay as a killer and then they see the very familiar Bollywood fall in love sequence. The entire movie is pretty good overall, because it offers a variety that is sometimes lacking in the boy meets girl and falls in love story that is usually offered in many Hindi films.
What Doesn't Work:
For those who have seen the American film 'Memento', to say that it is nothing like it is a stretch. A.R. Murugadoss says he did not see 'Memento' before he wrote his screenplay. Whatever the case may be, there are some stark similarities. Other than that, the cinematography in the song sequences is sometimes better than the rest of the film.
The Soundtrack:
The film's soundtrack leaves something to be desired oftentimes. There are a few songs which are not that great and then a couple which are really worth listening to and nice to hear.
Slated Or Rated?
Overall, this is a good film. It has its moments where it seems like there is something lacking as far as filming or special effects, but as a whole piece it's a good movie, although sad and very violent

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