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Many a times the filmmakers down-south show more creativity than their bollywood counterparts, even if it’s an inspired concept. This is one such example.
Sanjay Singhania (Aamir) returns to India after higher education abroad, fully focused to fulfill his father’s dream of making their mobile-phone company AirVoice the largest in India. A wannabe model-cum-actress Kalpana Shetty (Asin) builds up some more unplanned activities for him. She gives a gossip interview to “Mayapuri” reporter (Kunal Vijaykar) about her romantic link-up with Sanjay, and the news spreads faster than fire in a jungle. Sanjay comes over to confront her, but gets bowled over her. He maintains two identities, hiding the real one from Kalpana. All is going on well, when situations take a drastic turn. Kalpana uncovers human-selling activities of a gang, led by Ghajini Dharmatma (Pradeep Rawat). They strike a fatal blow, killing Kalpana and injuring Sanjay such that he becomes an STML patient. Now revenge is the sole motive for which Sanjay lives, and he uses all non-computer techniques in the book to remember and act. A medical student Sunita (Jiah Khan) first misunderstands him and later helps him out…
This is a hardcore action thriller made specifically for those who love this genre. So naturally there’s a heavy dose of violence, murders and bloodshed (remember there are some more gory scenes which have been chopped off by the censor). The film succeeds in what it intends to narrate. It is so tightly knit that even 180+ minutes of runtime doesn’t let one yawn, and the technical team of Murugadoss, Anthony, Ravi Chandran and Piyush Mishra gets full marks for the story/direction, editing, cinematography and dialogues respectively. Sequences – gossip interview by Kalpana and it’s repeat telecast to whoever coming to meet her, “Khaaoo Galli” appointment, preparation for the new year’s party (and getting Sunil Grover – SRK clone as fake Sanjay), three ambassadors theory, Kalpana’s killing and the climax are well shot.
In such action potboilers, there are always a few why’s and how’s, that remain unanswered. This one is no exception.
Performances: Aamir has once again shown that he is a few light-years ahead of his contemporaries, in terms of his commitment and understanding of the role. He is wonderfully subdued and down-to-earth in the initial scenes, and extremely aggressive and dangerous post Kalpana’s killing. Asin, though a repeat role for her, makes a super confident and impressive debut in bollywood. She has done what her southern fraternity siblings – Namitha and Shreya Saran have not been able to achieve so far, nor does Sada seem to make it big in “Khalbali” which is due release shortly. A major plus point is her fluent and unaccented dialogue delivery, in addition to her lovely screen presence. She is fit for the slot vacant after Sridevi, Meenakshi and Divya Bharti. Jiah Khan is ill at ease. It hasn’t been fruitful to get Rabia Amin all over from UK to get her Hindi / Urdu diction right, as most of the scenes have already been (rightly) chopped off. Tinnu Anand is hilarious as the ad-film maker.
The film is wrongly set-up in Mumbai. The empty roads, buses and offices don’t reflect it right.
Music: Good innovative lyrics by Prasoon Joshi have been composed marvelously by A R Rehman. Background score is equally effective.
Movie Rating: 4.0 out of 5
Music Rating: 4.0 out of 5