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Ghajini (2008)

Ghajini (2008)





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The plot of A.R. Murugadoss' Ghajini borrows heavily from Christopher Nolan's Memento. Sanjay (Aamir Khan) suffers from short-term memory loss. He spends his days attempting to take revenge on those responsible for the death of his girlfriend, but his condition complicates this process. To help him, he constantly makes notes for himself. Some of the notes take the form of crude homemade tattoos.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: A.R. Murugadoss, A.R. Murugadoss
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 24, 2009
Box Office: $2.4M
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Aamir Khan
as Sanjay
Asin Thottunkal
as Kalpana Shetty
Jiah Khan
as Sunita
Pradeep Rawat
as Ohajini Dharmatma
Tinnu Anand
as Satveer Kohli
Vibha Chibber
as Havaldar Vijyant
Kunal Vijaykar
as Journalist
Anjum Rajabali
as Dr. Debu Mitra
Sonal Sehgal
as Kite Washing Powder ...
Riyaz Khan
as Inspector Arjun Yada...
Pradeep Sing Rawat
as Ohajini Dharmatma
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Critic Reviews for Ghajini

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

An exuberantly excessive and unreasonably entertaining mash-up of musical-comedy romance, action-movie mayhem and psycho-thriller suspense.

Full Review… | January 13, 2009
Top Critic

Aamir Khan, a teen idol in the early '90s turned dashing romantic leading man, has for several years been Bollywood's most exportable overachiever.

Full Review… | January 5, 2009
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Though Aamir Khan is earnest and competent as always, there are times when his eye rolling, head cocking, over-buffed look and ham acting can be really irritating.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015

As [Aamir Khan] explodes with grief and then just as quickly forgets it, it's touching, emotional, and all too believable. Think amnesia on steroids, via Lee Strasberg.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015

It's difficult to know what to make of the film's message. Memento was about the futility of revenge; Ghajini seems to construct vengeance as a healing, noble resolution to trauma.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Georgia Straight

Do you need to see so much gore splatter, savagery and base instincts?

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Hindustan Times

Audience Reviews for Ghajini

May 18, 2009

Wonder why Aamir went for it. He mimicked Surya (original Ghajini's lead actor) for most of the part, which was something I never expected from Aamir. Also, the movie was hardly interesting or entertaining for me and certain things were overdone and repetitive. Really a bad one which did pretty good at the B.O.!!!

The concept of Memento could have been far well utilized for an adapted plot if the makers weren't willing to go with it as it was. This Ghajini has some fine songs, but then is full of cliches and conventional execution. The dialogues and dialogue delivery are terrible. Seems like watching some B grade romantic action film. Don't ask.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


Much more than just a Bollywood version of ?Memento?, it offers a much more in depth background story which builds nicely to a revenge plot. The occasionally songs throughout the film were entertaining and fit well as do the soundtrack songs.

The flashing back and forth in time provided a good order in which to tell the story and is much different to ?Memento? in that respect also.

Aamir Khan played a an impressive lead role here, with a quite a transformation in character, who with a very athletic physique, provides some enjoyable fight scenes and moves.

Lengthly, but a very enjoyable watch and has instantly become part of my favourite films list.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Ghajini is a movie that instantly became a favorite of mine after watching it. While I'm certainly no expert in the drama genre, I will say this movie provide an experience anyone could enjoy.

Ghajini is about a student who is endangered after she warns a wealthy male that a crazed recluse with short term memory loss is out to kill him, not knowing the reason behind the recluse's actions. If you watched Memento than you know what you'll be getting into with this movie. Ghajini borrow heavily from Memento, but it has enough original ideas to have it own identity. It has everything you could want in a well told story as it has a hateful villain, deeply developed characters, a fascinating hero, and finally a balance between the light hearted and serious scenes. It's truly a masterpiece in storytelling and it's certainly something I won't forget anytime soon.

From a technical standpoint it's visually appealing and poetic creating the right emotion for our characters and the story itself. I'm also going to give praise to the cast, especially Amir Khan who stole the show as Sanjay. I especially loved Asin Thottunkal who isn't another pretty face as a love interest, her character is very likable and well developed that she's easily one of the best love interest ever written for a movie.

I'm no stranger when it comes to giving a perfect rating for a movie, but there are some things that viewers won't get behind as not everybody shares the same opinion on movies. Some will probably hate how it goes from a serious drama to a love story out of nowhere, the random musical numbers, and finally the length of the movie. Now I welcome it creative storytelling (I even liked the musical numbers) and it length wasn't a problem for me as I got behind Amir character and the more I got to see his story revolve the more the movie grabbed my attention. Now while these flaws may be a problem for some viewers, I personally had no problem with these flaws.

Ghajini is a movie that provides a emotionally deep fascinating story, visually stunning cinematography, a great cast, and gives you a memorable experience. Ghajini is a must watch movie that provides all the goods you could want in a good movie.

Caesar Mendez

Super Reviewer

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