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Ghajini
Directed by: A.R. Murugadoss
Producer by:Tagore Madhu, Madhu Mantena
Starring: Aamir Khan, Asin, Jiah Khan, Pradeep Rawat
Music Dir: A R Rahman

Finally, the much awaited and publicized Aamir Khan's 'Ghajini' has seen the light of the day. Two days before the scheduled release on Merry Christmas, the Madras High Court had restrained its screening. However, as the luck would have the court's division bench stayed that restrain order and opened the doors for its release.

As expected, the movie has had a huge advance booking and created a houseful scenario in the capital of India. Incidentally, the movie's original Tamil version was also a major hit, and so 'Ghajini' in Hindi has proved its credential on the opening day and has been doing better everyday even in the wake of fierce competition from Akshay Kumar starrer animation movie titled 'Jumbo'.

Since Aamir is a perfectionist, he has left no stone unturned to hit his usual target of perfection. Looking at 'Ghajini', we find it very rewarding due to its very story. Besides, director A.R. Murugadoss tells the story in a wonderful way. And on top of all this, the movie has Aamir Khan at the helm of affairs. So, the movie has to succeed at the box office. No surprise!

The movie runs for full three hours and that too without boring the viewer who is now accustomed to a shorter duration. The viewer gets stuck to his seat and forgets that there is going to come an interval too. He story keeps you guessing about the next scene.

Then there is no scope for getting bored. Yes, the genre of the movie isn't very different though for Aamir it is as the latter has been moving from one to another in his movies. In spite of it being the usual Bollywood stuff, the screenplay keeps one glued to his or her seat.

The reason is simple that the same story has been told differently with a lot of twists. Though it's a war between the good versus evil , yet it's free from the so called violence. The good prevails over the evil and brings solace to the audience. That's all.

The story goes like Aamir Khan suffers an extreme memory loss following the murder of his girlfriend Asin. But the loss of memory is short-lived. He goes to work and slowly but steadily regains the memory.

Thus, he remembers his love interest and tries to pursue his lost path. He carries with himself Polaroids that remind him of his past. In this movie, Aamir tattoos them on his body, which constantly remind his mind .

After all, one cannot go on weaving innumerable stories. However, he can certainly change the style of narration or presentation. That provides relief to one's eyes and captures one's attention without falling a prey to the repetition. This is the style of 'Ghajini's original, meaning Tamil version director A.R. Murugadoss.

He starts off with what happens in the past, comes to the present, falls back in time and thus returns to the earlier theme. Again, the loss of memory in a movie isn't new. Many movies have shown a sort of amnesia.

But, 'Ghajini's memory loss is very different inasmuch as the hero recalls events but for 15 minutes only. Aamir has displayed extraordinary skill in the portrayal of a man suffering from short-term memory loss. He doesn't speak but says everything through his eyes - body language.

Every narration is full of that's the beauty ! Thus, the movie will be remembered for long. Every expression is strong enough to tells a lot. This saves the movie showing undesirable fighting scenes and turning the movie into a violent one.

Acting-wise, Aamir is superb. We have never seen the actor performing so well. Less said the better about his look, his hairstyle and his physique. The movie may inspire thousands of its viewers to gym for wellness, if not for his memorable body.

His body movement is great indeed! Historically, following the success of his Tamil movie, the director was looking for an actor to play his bold character of Shiva. When he met with A. R. Rehman and asked him to name a Bollywood actor for the coveted role, the latter suggested Aamir Khan for the lead role. Aamir accepted the offer but with a rider that he would begin its shoot after eight months.

To do full justice to play this role, Aamir underwent fitness training under his Guru Satya for six months - working in gym from four to six hours every day. In fact, once he broke his knee during the shooting of a stunt and deferred the shoot for a month! Another interesting matter is that the director had first signed Kangna Ranaut but later replaced her with Ziah Khan at the instance of Aamir.

Kangna had reportedly leaked out to the media that she has bagged the coveted role. The director had decided to repeat his heroine Asin for the Hindi version, too. She has played her role fabulously and proved worthy of acting opposite Aamir Khan.

She looks fresh and photogenic. Jiah Khan is impressive too. Pradeep Rawat plays an equally successful the villain vis--vis hero Aamir Khan. Then follows A.R. Rehman's music. He has left nothing unturned to show his genius.

'Guzarish', 'Behka' and 'Kaise Mujhe' are the notable ones. Ravi Chandran's cinematography is brilliant too. Less said is better as one needs to watch and then conclude. Hence, the movie might prove the best one of the year, both acting as well as money-wise.


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