Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Ghajini - கஜினி

Saw this movie a couple of days back...

(possible spoilers)

First of all - the core idea has been inspired from Memento. In one of his interviews, the director A.R Murugadoss (முருகதாஸ்) mentioned that the plot was original... I wonder how!! I wish that Cristopher Nolan / Jonathan Nolan had been acknowledged...

If you take that portion away and view this from a tamil movie industry perspective alone, this movie is certainly different in it's feel and flavor. ARM has also Indianized the Memento plot...

And the greatest strength of the movie? Surya - சூர்யா!!! What a journey it has been for him, from very humble beginnings to now, almost at the brink of stardom. He displays tremendous versatility, be it portraying the successful businessman, or the confused patient with short term memory loss. Not to mention riveting charisma :)

Surya plays a left-handed guy in this movie. Not that it is anything significant, but just adds an intersting tidbit to the movie. ARM has taken care to see that Surya uses his left hand most of the time - but it has been missed at a couple of places, especially during fight sequences.

Asin - அசின் is very cute and beautiful. Her character has been beautifully crafted and is very enjoyable. Surya and Asin make a very good pair, and the scenes where they are together are very memorable. I wish I could make a sub-movie of this footage alone for watching again :)

Nayanthara - நயன் தாரா is a little disappointing. She looked pretty in Chandiramukhi - சந்திரமுகி, but has gained a lot of weight now. இன்னும் கொஞ்சம் உடம்ப நல்லா பாத்துக்கலாம் நயன்...

Songs - again they don't fit the script very well - with the exception of one song. Most songs hamper the movie flow. I wish they were used better....
BGM was again nothing very special. Reminds அந்நியன் (Anniyan) in many places. May be the pressure of prolificity is showing up on Harris Jeyaraj.

Overall, I probably won't watch this again - except for the sequences where Surya and Asin are together. But this movie should possibly catapult Surya to the status of the most demanded hero in the Tamil movie industry. His repertoire now exceeds most other heroes in his age group - charismatic looks, well built body, slick English, dialogue delivery, improving dancing skills, and yes - acting - அசத்துங்க சூர்யா சார்.

PS1: Though unintended, the biggest joke in the movie was when the policeman deduces a telephone number to be a cellphone number (ten digits!!). ARM sir, இவ்வளவு கஷ்டப்பட்டு ஒரு Script எழுதிட்டு இந்த மாதிரி விஷயத்துல எல்லாம் கோட்டை விட்டா எப்படி...

PS2: It almost has become a very normal thing for our movie industry to portray raw and brutal violence very non-chalantly. The scene were Asin is murdered is unbeleivably brutal - it is clear that ARM wanted to shock the viewers, but I wish it were toned down. As a side note, it reflects the way we live on a day-to-day basis, taking so much voilence in thought and action for granted. I wish movies take a turn for the better in this aspect :( (ditto for the climax fight - it is exaggerated, so it doesn't cause a jolt as it did in the former case). This is one reason I don't want to watch this movie again - it doesn't feel like entertainment.

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