Strictly only for those with short term memory loss
My friends and me had a very big argument after watching ‘Ghajini’. We fought over which was worse — ‘Anniyan’ or ‘Ghajini,’ unanimously agreeing both are bad films and also acknowledging that ‘Ghajini,’ like ‘Anniyan,’ would ultimately go on to be a superhit, because both these films have a winner of an idea at their core (which inspite of failing in classy execution and a convincing narrative) will work simply because the audience are starved of decent entertainment. They will lap up anything remotely good.
‘Anniyan’ and ‘Ghajini’ fall in that category.
Methinks ‘Ghajini’ is better, though just marginally.
Let me first begin with a quick review of ‘Ghajini’ to substantiate.
‘Ghajini’ is, if I remember right, all about short term memory loss, I think.
The producers were so sold on to the idea of short term memory loss that seems like it rubbed off on to everyone in the unit including the director.
The screenwriter director forgets he’s pinched the idea from ‘Memento,’ and tries to pass it off as original.
He forgets the purpose why half the characters he’s created exist in the first place (the hunky overacting cop who dies a most hilarious death, for example, or the twin villains probably created to beat ‘Anniyan’ in special effects)
He forgets logic and reasoning and starts believing all characters have short term memory loss (the entire police department after detaining a man with a tattoo on his chest that says “Find him and kill him” lets him go without even filing an FIR because they just found out he’s a patient and a tycoon)
He forgets that a mass-based audience has brains. The movie is sooo dumbed down (the doctor in beginning says: In medical terms, this condition is called (hold your breath) ‘Short term memory loss’ (and not retrograde amnesia or any such jargon) or the line that was greeted with applause from the entire audience, when a Commissioner Nataraj-look alike looks at Surya’s tattoos and announces his discovery excitedly: “All ten digit numbers. These must be mobile numbers.” Ooops, just like the director I opened too many brackets that I lost track of how many to close. 😉
Hence, ‘Ghajini’ is a film best watched with a failing short term memory. That way, you won’t question the obvious flaws in the plot-hole ridden narrative and just sit back, smile and enjoy it. Like you would do with any of those unpretentious Superstar or Ilaya Thalapathy movies.
The movie starts off on a very promising note (if you don’t let dumbing down put you off) with quite an entertaining flashback sequence (clearly the highpoint of the film) of the love story. Asin is adorable, saucy, chirpy and bubbly, a point that works against the film cuz you later have to put up with a contrasting mini-Shakeela in Nayantara looking so whorebble… so much that when the bad guys chase her in the second half, I was actually rooting for them. “Someone please kill her.” Her overacting and close-ups do not exactly compliment her either.
Anyways, back to the narrative, the film goes downhill from the moment the flashback in the first half finishes. The cop closes the hero’s diary and announces: “Oh shit, what happened the next day. This diary has only till December 31.” Talk about compelling story-telling, the cop actually wants to know the climax for the love story.
You just can’t have the audience laughing at such obviously redundant lines.
The lesser said about the second half of the film, the better. It would really be doing the readers gross injustice to tell them that the spoiler is that there are no spoilers in this aspiring thriller. It’s just a free-fall from a respectable first-half.
A friend of mine wished Murugadoss was faithful to Memento. But I wudn’t have liked to watch it then, cuz it sucks to watch a suspense flick when you know how it ends.
Or, like he said, maybe it would have been better had the director chosen to make the film a full-length original love story since the climax for the affair between a tycoon-in-guise-of-common man and a model-in-guise-of-tycoon’s girlfriend in the flashback was far more suspenseful than the film itself.
Instead what you get is a dead end, a free-fall and a sudden lapse of memory that leaves you wondering: It started off good. But what the f*** happened?
However, (I’ve saved up the best words for the last) Suriya rocks, doing a damn good job of not forgetting continuity and underplaying a role that he could’ve hammed through and won acting honours like Vikram did in ‘Pitamagan’ or ‘Anniyan’. He lends a degree of credibility to the short term memory loss patient.
Kids will love this film cuz they don’t watch films to find flaws.
There’s action (actually a little too violent which they might enjoy even more), there are special effects, there are two good-looking people Suriya (my friend couldn’t stop swooning over him, she went crazy) and the bubbly Asin.
And then, there’s their endearing love story. Which is why I like it more than ‘Anniyan.’ But for this, ‘Anniyan’ and ‘Ghajini’ are equally bad, or good, if you liked ‘Anniyan’. Both these films, like I said before, are dumbed down stories told clumsily for dummies. Had they not insulted your intelligence, you may have actually liked them.
There are flaws yes da sud..but 4 me watchin in kerala with 300 people standing queue for a tamil movie was quite moving n i felt proud. movie- better than ‘anniyan’. asin looks gorgeous in ‘suttum vizhi’ song.
As u say, sit back and enjoy.
One more goof up…
He is supposed to be a mentally affected patient, which his company officials acknowledge. But that did not stop them from getting him sign a legal document. So much for the absurdities.
Guidance: Watch once. Forget it soon after.(not much effort is required for the latter action)
good review. Like u and ur friend, I am having an inner argument whether to watch this or not ;). If I lost my memory abt this review, I will watch it.
Very true. Only consolation being that they didn’t overuse the “time-freezing” technique like Shankar does… and Nayanthara… eeew…
The pirates might as well just sell the first CD of the movie ! 🙂
“Pirates of the American” please make a copy soon, waiting to watch a copied movie in copied version…
I was gonna say something else…blame it on my memory…
hey Sudhish, I have been a regular reader of your blog and I like the way you write, it must be quite like the way you think and speak…reading your blog is like a breather between the mounds of work in the office!!!
Amazing review! Dunno abt the movie…wonder if it will be around till after Diwali? What do you predict?
Good review. Only (!!!) the Short-term memory loss is flicked from Memento and rest of the ingredients as needed for a Masala-flick.
Entire theatre was laughing and lot of college students passing comments when the police says’
“All ten digit numbers. These must be mobile numbers.” and when Riyaz Khan got pissed off when reaching end of the Diary.
Asin truly rocks.. Nayanthara..is like another Namitha.. 🙂
Well…yea the movie is already a hit! But goofs up are there as u mentioned! Personally i cant accept surya walking and behaving stranely just ‘cos he is a short term memory loss patient…guy pearce rocked in memento! But i feel that i shld strictly not compare these 2 movies but cant help it! And also in the end fight the dupe of the villain is so clearly different from the twin even from the back shot…better they cud handled that too in graphics…but the last fight was well shot! Overall yea pretty mediocre but definitely better than anniyan!
BOZO….BO ZO…2 much awaited and hped up films…both as stupid! Is there somebody to save Kollywood from cinema hell??
you bastards get a life!!
if you think LOGIC is important
why wanna go and watch movies especially tamil ones??
why don t just shut the f*** up and go on read reviews written by this bugger??
if you think LOgic is important,then you can never dream of one in Kollywood or indian cinema or the matter of sake…
and to who whom have written a review on this…you might think logic is important but that term is not a part of Kollywood,i reckon! instead of sharing cheap ideas on cheap topics why not go and do something productive..!
do you think is worth it?? get a f***ing life man…
Indian cinema is all about making money and imo, thats the logic behind it….slick,style and substance will nullify the logic behind the film
*p.s if this hurt you do send me an e-mail…do not show your frustation by sending comments through this blog
keep the comments coming! 🙂
dont worry ill ensure no one attacks u here. we dont fight losers. so u can safely shove that email address up ur ass again!
dey rajnavin having half my name you dont even half the sense.
Why are you so serious?
No one is e-mailing you?
I think you are the one frustrated here.
ok i promised no one will attack you. but i didnt say we wont laugh at u, did I?
You pretty much said what i wanted to say on the movie and more!
Couldn’t agree more. In fact, even while watching the movie, i was trying to decide which was worse, Anniyan or Ghajni. Ultimately, Surya takes Ghajni marginally above Anniyan.
“Or, like he said, maybe it would have been better had the director chosen to make the film a full-length original love story since the climax for the affair between a tycoon-in-guise-of-common man and a model-in-guise-of-tycoon’s girlfriend in the flashback was far more suspenseful than the film itself.”
– Absolutely! Oru vasagam sonnalum thiruvasagam 🙂
I haven’t seen the movie, so I can’t comment on it nor can I comment on the review 🙂
But, how intelligent are we? We being…Tamil Audience. Why was Tirupachi a hit, Why was New a hit and Why is Anbe Aaruiyre being called a hit (I don’t know if it actually is)
Why does intelligent cinema like Anbe Sivam fail at the box office.
As a film maker how long can you put your money into meaningful cinema when they bomb and you become a pauper.
Just wish everyone were able to balance it like Mani does…
thats all u cud do?? naa..not good enuf! bark elsewhere.
seri da, we all get the point. We all are leading a good life. I think better lives than you, as of now. I recommend you get admitted to KMC immediately, telling that you have condition where you cannot use a sentence without curse words in it. If you put some money into the movie, like if you were the producer or something why don’t you directly say it. Don’t worry there are a million people who will watch the movie, inspite of it being a copied idea, inspite of getting a bad review, so you will get your money back.
So the director made you understand the movie hmm…cool so in your own terms..you are a lame joker. So lame joker/rajnavin whatever you want to be called, please stop using LOL..LOL…
the more you say it, it really sounds like a dog barking only. I am commenting when you are not here, Kalla kanda unna kaanum, unna kanda kalla kanum.
hey wait there is one more….
Suderman parthu rajNAvIn Kolaikithu…
short term memory loss—can it be called “selective amnesia”?
Types of Amnesia
Anterograde amnesia – Inability to remember ongoing events after the incidence of trauma or the onset of the disease that caused the amnesia
Emotional/hysterical amnesia – Memory loss caused by psychological trauma; usually a temporary condition
Lacunar amnesia – Inability to remember a specific event
Korsakoff syndrome – Memory loss caused by chronic alcoholism
Posthypnotic amnesia – Memory loss sustained from a hypnotic state; can include inability to recall events that occurred during hypnosis or information stored in long-term memory
Retrograde amnesia – Inability to remember events that occurred before the incidence of trauma or the onset of the disease that caused the amnesia
Transient global amnesia – Spontaneous memory loss that can last from minutes to several hours; usually seen in middle-aged to elderly people
Source: Stedman’s Medical Dictionary
a director can very well use one of these to at least make it look like a credible disease. and then explain its short term memory loss… the condition itself cannot be called “short term memory loss”.
the devil is in the detail… for example, ashutosh cud’ve just said shah rukh is just a “NASA scientist” in swades and stopped without explaining it further but the genious lies in the fact that he demystified Global precipitation measurement while telling the story… and made it that much more credible for the mass and the class…
that is wat we mean by detail…
he does not seem to know that this blog has only one editor in chief.
and he’s typing this comment rite now!
Seriously now u r defending Swades,One of our Gay Shahrukh’s legendary Mediocre Flicks.
If at all you feel i shud denounce Ghajini for one of these freakshow movies like Memento(I liked it a lot but seriously it is not that gr8…),what happened when you gave Rave Reviews for our RGV ‘s Sarkar and you went on to compare AB in a role immortalised by Brando and Abhishek as Pacino….and you went on to desribe the movie as a good attempt simply cuz you were a fan of AB’s stardom.I still dunno how he thinks he can be Tarantino just because he was a video clerk who watched spooky flicks and has a team of wannabe Robert Rodriguezes with him.
That way Ghajini is anyday better than Anniyan,but though the style was borrowed from Memento,the masala involving Asin and Surya was good enuf to see the movie.That there are a number of logical flaws in our movies and everyone knows the reason is lack of good screenplay writers or just the absence of the notion of one.Selvaraghavan has said it many times that Direction and writing are different terms and they shud not be confused.
Overall i feel surya just had enuf charm and screen presence to carry on the character and sum sensible guy can notice asin and surya’s chemistry and make a love story wid them as the lead pair.
there is a difference between a tribute and a terrible rip off! anyway, i hate to fight with anonymous sons of anonymous fathers… they dont even know their name what wud they know?
anyway, since u brot up sarkar and ghajini, i suggest read the reviews again, as a critic i’ve said what is good abt sarkar and wat is bad about it and also wat is bad about ghajini and wat is good about it… it is upto u the reader to figure out if u wanna watch it after that… the reviews in my blogs are my opinions, it is consumed by u by choice… if u dont agree, spare me the argument cuz why on the planet will i bother arguing with some faceless f*** (like rajnavin for example)?
dude your freaking arrogant…i think its gonna kill you one day
first, whats arrogant abt having ur opinion and sticking by it in your own space?? isnt that wat blogs are for??
second, if you don’t agree, say u dont agree. dont bring on the expletives or abuses, certainly not against other visitors. cuz i’m just gonna kick ur ass out! now that u know the rules, u can choose to remain here or get the fuck out!
am not a movie buff. I saw this Gajini 2 dyas back and tell u what u r spot on.
Youare the only person who compared Nayanthara to Shakila -exactly the way i thought.
As u keep saying, its your blog but maybe u r wasting way too much energy answering ‘yet-to-be named’ people in your comments section.
u’re rite dude..
but that last comment was seriously the last thing i wanted to say. now that ive said it all, i’ll just keep deleting the rest..
thanks for ur feedback. but i think u can put it up in ur blog.
dude…sudhish kamath….sorry but i think you are using the freedom of speech way too much
i think you might just lose your readers if you continue to use the foul language..
i personally don t know you but i think you have a great potential but i think you may just ruin it prior to your attitude..
and just like this guy rajnavin posted…though it may sound kinda harsh,wouldn t it be better if you consider a mild treatment rather than claiming his opinion as the barking of dogs
you may be thinking the blog is all about expressing your freedom but as i always say,there’s always a limit
*p.s IMO,do not get offended by this, shouldn t we indian stick to our identify rather to use foul language used by vellaikarans?
mr. sanjesh vinodkar:
at the outset let me congratulate you on your appointment as moral advisor to this forum.
let me inform you sire that this blog is not to entertain dumb f**ks (folks if u wanna read that decently) and their dimwitted baseless criticism.
there is an email ID and phone number displayed prominently for these dumb f**ks should they seek to give me their unsolicited feedback of my work on the condition that they substantiate it reasonably. this is not a forum for people to express their frustration on the grounds that i do not subscribe to their opinions.
and for your unsolicited yet insightful advice, i thank you very much.
however, with much regret, i have to admit that i dont give a shit to what you think.
and contrary to your belief, i dont blog to get more readers. i have a newspaper to force my opinions on people… this is purely an optional medium where the readers make a choice after they accept me for wat i am.. thank you for your concern and i wish you all the best to last a full term on your new appointment.
p.s: and thambi… your post script applies to your good self also. summa tension agathey.. un velaiya paaru pa! 🙂
and mr. sanjesh vinodkar:
that foul language i used a coupla comments ago was just in response to one of our enlightened visitors calling the others “bastards”…
now that you are informed of this, maybe you in your new assignment of being moral advisor will take the trouble to trace the identity of mr.rajnavin and give him your moral instructions.
thank you again.
Nice Principle Machaan…
Eye for an eye…
Badder word for bad word.
Baddest word for foul language.
ha….ha…ha…I am seeing that lotsa comments have been deleted…I am guessing those are rajnavin’s. dey rajnavin appvae sonen, summa thitikinae irruntha ithu thaan nadakum.
I like the Gandhian principle but I don’t follow it.
Question: If some stranger slaps you in your house, what do you do?
So, I would believe that if someone just comments and uses foul lingo in suderman’s spot, then its for him to decide if he shows the other cheek or the finger.
ROTFLMAO…u have just saved me some time…i watched the movie with friends and wanted to write a review…but u have just write everything what i wanted to write :D…
I guess the folks above me have already covered whatever I wanted to write.
Nevertheless if the makers of Ghajini can make something just for the sake of it,I suppose I should write something for the sake of writing as well.
I can count the number of Tamil movies i’ve seen in my life.I was so pissd with Hindi movies that I started watching Tamil(at least some of the new chicks make Tamil movies worth watching).First Anniyan and now Ghajini were so hyped that fools like me fell for it.
What do I get, a long term memory loss.I don’t remember seeing any sensible tamil movies for years.
Too bad i’m not into diary writing or else I might have recollected the names of some good movies.
The cinema of the 80’s didnt have any logic. They were all hardcore masala movies where a hero would jump backwards from the ground to the top of a 2-storey building.
It started to change for the better in the 90s with people like Kamal, Cheran etc. (Mani was there always)
Action – Masala movies have come again to haunt us after dhil, dhool, thirumalai etc. If Anbe Sivam had become a hit, things could have gone on the right side 🙂
But it’s failure increased the strength of action-masala movies
I guess people are now mature enough that they would not enjoy 1 man beating up 20 other men.
And ofcourse blog ethics are required. It is the author’s personal views and no one can abuse the author for his views.
i think i am going to sue murugadoss for plagiarism. Not only murugadoss but also Christopher Nolan. The whole idea of **** amnesia(wudn’t care wat u call it) and the techniques that hero uses in the film are copied from the student community.
I am an Anna University student. As u all know this temporary memory loss has been a plague in student community throughout the history. U wud have felt it, I have felt it, everyone wud have felt it atleast once in their life.imagine, while sitting in the examination hall, u remember wat all u did a week b4, a yr b4, why even 10yrs back, but not that god-damned peice of sh*t which u tried to slog just the day b4(not to forget the last minute graze in the xam hall). Every question looks like new subject to you, eventhough the superviser tries hard to convince u that the question paper has not been misplaced and u r not answering your seniors q paper.
Since this is a common problem, the student community has come up with quite innovative ideas, some of which have been plagiarized in this film.
First the micro-revolution which kicked of a new branch of science called nanotechnology. We students perfected the art of miniature writing and introduced economics in paper usage. The current industrial jargon calls it as “Bits”. Guy pearce used it a lot to remind himself to tattoo, in memento.
As with every art, there were some people who weren’t adept at using this technological art and got caught. This left us with a new challenge. Then came the revolutionary “Body Art”. Even french ppl were inspired by this. Students started writing notes in their feet, palms, etc., Though minimal in use it was effective nevertheless.
In anna university we are given BIG writing pads to write on. A gud creature shud adapt to its environment. We students always maintain a Symbiosis with our examination hall. So we write down equations and other things in the writing pad(well the name suggests its function, rite?). This is quite selfless service as the eqns will be useful for the posterity too. Guy pearce uses a variation of this when he sticks maps and other informative peices to the walls of his lodge room.
So when shall we gain recognition for all these inventions and is it appropriate for me to sue? Please help.
U never said anything about the song “Oru Maalai…”. Its too good.
hey man sudhish…u r doin a gr8 job…postin blogs n put fitin:).. keep up ur good wrk:).. am hvin a whale of a time readin dem..dis is de frst time i thot i wud let u kno dat u r entertainin me wit ur humor:)..cheers den:)
hey…gota agree dat ghajini was an asault on my senses:)…btw ur blog made me go watcha dat f@#$ing mvie.. was slisha curius 2 c dat short term memory los thingy…n chek out on de audience reaction abt dat 10digit no=celfone eqaution:)