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Ghajini (2008)

Ghajini2008

Ghajini (2008) is a 2008 Hindi film written and directed by A. R. Murugadoss and produced under Geetha Arts. It is a remake of the 2005 Tamil film Ghajini, which was also directed by Murugadoss starring Surya Sivakumar in the lead role. The film stars Aamir Khan, Asin Thottumkal and Jiah Khan in lead roles while Pradeep Rawat and Riyaz Khan essay supporting roles. Aamir Khan has stated that Ghajini is not a remake, rather it is inspired by Christopher Nolan’s film, Memento. Aamir Khan spent a year at the gym, continuously training with his personal trainer for the role.

The film is an action-thriller, with strong romantic elements, that explores the life of a rich businessman who develops anterograde amnesia following a violent encounter in which his love interest, model Kalpana, was killed. He tries to avenge the killing with the aid of Polaroid Instant camera photographs and permanent tattoos on his body. The character of Aamir Khan also featured in a 3-D video game titled Ghajini – The Game, which is based on the movie.

Plot

The film opens with Sunita (Jiah khan), a medical student, and her friends working on a project about the human brain. She wants to investigate the curious case of Sanjay Singhania (Aamir Khan), a (former) notable city businessman, who is reported to have anterograde amnesia. Her professor denies access to Sanjay’s records as it is currently under criminal investigation. Sunita nonetheless decides to investigate the matter herself.

Sanjay is introduced as he brutally murders a man. He takes a Polaroid picture of the man, and time-stamps it “done”. It is revealed that Sanjay has a strange form of anterograde amnesia where his memory is wiped out every 15 minutes. Sanjay uses a system of photographs, notes, and tattoos on his body to recover his memory after each cycle. It is revealed that Sanjay is ultimately out to avenge Kalpana (Asin Thottumkal), and that he is systematically killing the people who were responsible for her death. His main target is “Ghajini” (Pradeep Rawat), a notable social personality in the city.

Police Inspector Arjun Yadav, on the case of the serial murders, tracks Sanjay down to his flat and attacks and disables him. Yadav finds two diaries where Sanjay has chronicled the events of 2005 and 2006. The film enters flashback to 2005 as Yadav reads the diary. Sanjay Singhania is shown as the owner of the Air Voice mobile telephone company. In the course of his business, Sanjay sends his men to meet Kalpana, a struggling model, about putting up a billboard above her apartment. The owner of Kalpana’s advertising firm misinterprets this as a romantic advance, and in view of a possible lucrative Air Voice ad campaign and other benefits, encourages Kalpana to accept the overture. Kalpana thinks of this as an innocent prank, that may fetch her better modeling work, and decides to play out the charade as Sanjay’s girlfriend.

When Yadav is about to read the 2006 diary, Sanjay attacks him and ties him up. He tracks down Ghajini to a college function where Ghajini is the guest of honor. Sanjay snaps some pictures of Ghajini and decides to kill him. He meets Sunita at the function and after some conversation, decides to befriend him. Later that evening, Sanjay mistakenly attacks and kills one of Ghajini’s goons in the parking lot. The dying goon tries to remind Ghajini about an incident that took place two years back. Ghajini is perplexed and fails to remind himself well enough.

In the meantime, Sunita visits Sanjay’s flat and finds Yadav, beaten and bound. She also finds that Ghajini is Sanjay’s target. Sunita finds the two diaries and frees Yadav. Yadav tells her that Sanjay is a known serial murderer. Sanjay arrives suddenly; he remembers neither of them and chases them out. Yadav is eventually hit by a bus, while Sunita barely escapes. Believing Ghajini is in danger, she informs him that Sanjay is after him. Ghajini arrives at Sanjay’s flat to kill him. He destroys all the photographs, notes and scratch off Sanjay’s tattoos. Satisfied that he has neutralized Sanjay by wiping out any trace that connects back to him, Ghajini leaves.

Meanwhile, back in her dorm, Sunita reads the diaries. The film flashes back to 2006. It is revealed that Kalpana had accepted Sanjay’s proposal. This diary ends abruptly. Sunita investigates further, and discovers that Kalpana was traveling for a modeling assignment by train when she came upon 25 innocent young girls being transported to Goa to work as prostitutes and organ donors. She saves the girls who name Ghajini as the ringleader of the racket. Ghajini goes in search of Kalpana. His goons broke into her apartment and wait for her to return. Sanjay arrives there to meet Kalpana. Her last word to him was “Ghajini”. The goons attack Kalpana. Sanjay intervenes but Ghajini hit him over the head with an iron rod. Sanjay’s last vision was to witness Ghajini brutally murder Kalpana with the iron rod.

Sunita, now aware of the shocking truth, finds Sanjay and tells him the truth. He flies into rage and goes after Ghajini. Arriving at Ghajini’s lair in downtown Mumbai, Sanjay confronts all of Ghajini’s henchmen and with superior strength, manage to disable all of them. Finally finding Ghajini himself, Sanjay fights Ghajini hand-to-hand. However, Ghajini realizes that he is no match for Sanjay’s strength, so the two engage in a chase until Sanjay’s memory loss strikes him again. Ghajini turns about and stabs him. He begins to taunt Sanjay with the grisly tale of how he murdered Kalpana, when Sanjay, with a sudden burst of last minute strength, overpowers Ghajini. Sanjay kills Ghajini in the same way as Ghajini had killed Kalpana.

The film ends with Sanjay, still experiencing amnesia, volunteering at an orphanage. Sunita gives him a small gift which is the cement slab of plaster on which Kalpana and Sanjay pressed their foot when Kalpana moved into a new apartment to remind him of his fond association with Kalpana.

Cast

Aamir Khan as Sanjay ‘Sanju’ Singhania / Sachin
Asin Thottumkal as Kalpana Shetty
Tinnu Anand as Satveer Kohli
Vibha Chhibber as Havaldar Vijyanti
Sunil Grover as Sampat / Sanjay Singhania
Jiah Khan as Sunita
Riyaz Khan as Inspector Arjun Yadav
Anjum Rajabali as Dr. Debkumar Mitra
Sonal Sehgal as Sonal – Model
Khalid Siddiqui as Manager – Air Voice
Pradeep Singh Rawat as Ghajini Dharmatma
Sai Tamhankar as Sunita’s friend

Sound Tracks

“Aye Bachchu”
Written by Prasoon Joshi
Composed by A R Rahman
Performed by Suzanne D’Mello
Music Label T-Series

“Behka”
Written by Prasoon Joshi
Composed by A R Rahman
Performed by Karthik
Music Label T-Series

“Guzarish”
Written by Prasoon Joshi
Composed by A R Rahman
Performed by Javed Ali, Sonu Nigam
Music Label T-Series

“Kaise Mujhe”
Written by Prasoon Joshi
Composed by A R Rahman
Performed by Benny Dayal, Shreya Ghoshal
Music Label T-Series

“Kaise Mujhe – Instrumental”
Composed by A R Rahman
Music Label T-Series

“Latoo”
Written by Prasoon Joshi
Composed by A R Rahman
Performed by Shreya Ghoshal, Pravin Mani
Music Label T-Series

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 13 January 2011

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