For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Foreign Language Film (2013-Present), here’s a review of Ghajini (2008) by Ali of Prime Six
Thanks again to Jordan of Epileptic Moondancer for choosing this month’s interesting (if not uncomfortable for me) genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Jane of 500 Days of Film She has chosen another genre that is well out of my own comfort zone but I am up for the challenge. We will be reviewing our favorite Horror Films
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Aug by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org Try to think out of the box! Great choice Jane!
Let’s see what Ali thought of this movie:
Let me begin by mentioning this is a remake of Christopher Nolan’s Memento (2000) and the language spoken is Hindi. It’s different enough, however, to be considered as heavily influenced instead.
A successful rich business man falls for a charismatic woman who does not know of his wealth. This is in the past – the once powerful man is now a lonely amnesiac covered in tattoos. He forgets almost everything every 15 minutes. The film jumps between his past life/romance and his current dishevelled self. Sanjay, the main character, keeps diaries from which a tertiary character is reading. This is how his past is conveyed to the audience.
As the films plot fills in, we go on a journey in which we feel every emotion. There are comedic scenes, a romantic tale of falling in love and catchy songs. However there are also child kidnappings, murder and gangsters. This is what makes the film so special; at times it is a rom-com and others it is a horror.
Aamir Khan, the lead, is a fan of Nolan and one of the best Bollywood actors working today. Ghajini takes Memento’s core concept and rebuilds a different story around it. Both are worth watching for different reasons. Ghajini is a modern classic for Bollywood and definitively in a league of its own. You shall feel the entire spectrum of emotions in its 3 hour run time.
Overall Rating: 7.6/10