Last few months have been a relatively quite affair for the bollywood. Salman was robbed of a princely treatment when his (and Subhash Ghai’s) ‘Yuuvraaj’ bombed. Ironically, even the change in spelling as per some numerologist could not prevent it from sinking. There were talks that Shahrukh’s ‘Rab ne bana di jodi’ might provide some respite. But I hear that Aditya Chopra’s return to main stream direction has received only a luke warm response. The pundits had already written it off in the reviews, and I wisely stayed away.
Hmmm… this post isn’t about what the Bollywood is going through. Its about Ghajini and the hype! No wonder… its a trademark bollywood stuff. Whenever a movie featuring the Khans (Amir, Salman or Shahrukh… note the order) is due for release, we witness a hype of magnitudes larger than the turbulations of economies. Even Akshay has joined the fray with ‘Chandni Chowk to China.’ When it comes especially to Aamir, the hype has to surpass every thing else. Anyway, so what is Ghajini all about? Its a story of a millionaire man, played by Aamir, and his tryst with his destiny. Life is full circle for him till one day his girl friend gets raped and murdered. Unfortunately on the same day, he suffers brain damage and starts forgetting things. He tattoos the details of those who killed his girl friend in a bid to take revenge. The movie is all about his ordeal with the modes and cruelties of life.
Ghajini is actually a remake of a Kollywood movie (Starring Surya) made under the same name by A R Murugadoss, the same guy behind this movie as well. I’m sure Murugadoss was inspired from the Hollywood flick ‘Mememto’ by Christopher Nolan. I read the story of ‘Memento‘ and it seems he may have made only cosmetic changes. Should I be complaining? May be not. Ghajini was a big hit in Kollywood. The story too should suit the Indian audience well. And I have no doubts about Amir’s ability to carry the movie.
All in all, I think Ghajini should be a good package. I’m looking forward to tear it apart! 🙂