x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

AR Rahman: Ghajini

In spite of the music director AR Rahman and singers such as Sonu Nigam, it is at best soft, bearable, sincere but mediocre.

Keeling over: <i>Ghajini</i> fails to deliver.
Keeling over: Ghajini fails to deliver.


It may be that one of Bollywood's most respected actors, Aamir Khan, known for his studious portrayal of characters and his keen eye for original scripts, has finally been influenced by Hollywood. Ghajini is the story of a man who wakes up to find his girlfriend dead and his short-term memory frayed. So, like Guy Pearce in Memento, he takes to tattooing questions and notes on himself to figure it all out. The film has been afforded the best of Bollywood talent when it comes to the soundtrack, however. Unfortunately, in spite of the music director AR Rahman and singers such as Sonu Nigam it is at best soft, bearable, sincere but mediocre. That is not to say the music is bad. Given the amount of uninspired scores the industry churns out every week, Sonu Nigam's haunting rendition of Guzarish with Javed Ali is lovely. Shreya Ghoshal's playful take on Latoo (A Dazed State) is fun with Rahman turning to a mix of tango to deliver a danceable track on the album. Ghajini is Rahman's fourth soundtrack release this year, and for a man who is mostly known as a musical prodigy, this has been a fantastic year, with releases such as Jodhaa Akbar and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, which have set musical benchmarks. But Ghajini, with all its promise, fails to deliver just the right emotional slant that is needed for a film with so much energy and acting prowess.
sbhattacharya@thenational.ae