Ghajini: News, notes, and links to all posts

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Check out Aamir Khan's new look (also discussed in this Times Now news video) in the first print ad (click to enlarge) for his upcoming film Ghajini. It's interesting that the veins on his arms are given prominence. It requires very specific, stringent workout and dietary ethics, and he seems to have achieved them to attain one of the best physiques in the industry, complete with a to-do list! The action film is scheduled to release on Christmas day, and also stars Asin Thottmkal, Jiah Khan, and Riyaz Khan, and has music by A. R. Rahman (it will likely be youthful). It is the Hindi adaptation of a Tamil film also titled Ghajini, in turn an adaptation of the English language film Memento. Recall Aamir saying during the summer of last year that the end to this version has been modified to 'suit his taste'.

Its promos might be rolled out by the end of next week. Also heard that a unique film website release will be accompanied by a 3D video game release (here's demo footage). Assuming that happens, I hope it is made available online for download (for an additional fee, of course); fingers crossed.

I'll hope to bring us round-the-clock commentary on the film (okay, not quite, but maybe 'guide us through the film's supply chain' would sound better?). For now, here are some of the previous related posts. Links to all future posts shall be added to this list; a link to this post will be available in the sidebar soon:

1/17/2009: The Ghajini video game and success party

12/24/2008: Initial thoughts/review (see bottom of post)

12/24/2008: It's here! Your thoughts?

12/21/2008: Promo 7 (see bottom of post)

12/18/2008: Making of Aamir's physique

12/18/2008: Promo 6 (Kaise Mujhe)

12/6/2008: Promo 5 (theatrical)

12/4/2008: Promo 4: (Aye Bachchu)

12/1/2008: Music review and songbook

11/30/2008: Lyrics and translation: Aye Bachchu

11/26/2008: Lyrics and translation: Kaise Mujhe

11/25/2008: Lyrics and translation: Latoo

11/24/2008: Lyrics and translation: Behka

11/21/2008: Promo 3 (Behka)

11/15/2008: Lyrics and translation: Guzaarish

11/6/2008: Promo 2 (Guzaarish)

10/28/2008: Promo 1 released on Diwali (video)

10/23/2008: First look (above)

5/4/2008: Aamir injured again, to rest three weeks

4/24/2008: Aamir injured during Ghajini shoot

4/10/2008: Title of original retained for Ghajini

3/22/2008: Aamir's Ghajini haircut

8/20/2007: Aamir in Bangalore for Ghajini shoot

7/22/2007: Aamir and A. R. Rahman at work


ajnabi said...

Well, he had to one-up SRK in the muscles department too, hai na? ;-) If the ending's been changed, I'm up for this one. In fact I'd probably want to see it regardless.

Anonymous said...

Great! Promos releasing next week!!! I can't wait more for it. The video game will also be much fun

The picture is also preasent on Aamir's blog. Looks nice.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Ajnabi: It should be a lot of fun. As disappointed as I am in its release being delayed because of the injury (and a haircut -- there will likely be some scenes in which he has his 'normal' hair), I cannot wait! I think this will beat Fanaa (2006) for Aamir's masala film of the decade.

As for Shah Rukh...good sense of humor you have :P I think they're all trying to one-up Salman Khan in the muscles department -- he's the one who set the trend!

Jokes aside, I don't believe this is about trends. I doubt Aamir's look (I mean those veins, ouch) will stay beyond this film. And unlike Shah Rukh, I don't believe he's done it for an 'item number'.

Historically, the battle to one-up has almost always gone with SRK being the follower :P There are some very specific, tangible examples (with which Gauri Khan agrees!), but for fear of making this more of an Aamir v SRK comment, I'll stop! ;) Let their portfolios speak for themselves! Cheers!

Anonymous said...

"...It requires very specific, stringent workout and dietary ethics..."

It requires photoshop!

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Saurabh: I added a link in the post to footage from the video game demo. Looks awesome! I'm looking forward to Aamir's next blog post!

Anonymous said...

It's hard to see Aamir like this.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Anonymous (one and two): Thank you for your comments! Might be hard for some, but it is Aamir (believe it!), and we'll see him in the film (and surely, before it too).


PS: If Photoshopping were acceptable, everyone would be muscular =)

dunkdaft said...

Not photoshop, but little bit of intelligent lighting and shadow effect.
Though AK has made good physique. Even in TZP we can see that. [with shirt on]
Surely an innovative first look.
Fingers crossed.
Exclusive at its best. Thanks TBF. [Can u give ur name please??]

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Darshit: Sure, the lighting and shadow effects only help their cause! I'm not as well qualified to speak on physical attributes as, say, a trainer, but when I say 'one of the best physiques in the industry', that doesn't necessarily mean the most muscular (which he certainly isn't; I don't even think he was trying to be that). And sure, you can just call me TBF :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Cha gaye Aamir! He obviously worked hard. I guess he was bored, so therefore wanted to try new look. What else remains?

Pitu said...

I haven't seen Memento but I am looking forward to this film. It says about Aamir's brand that even people who are not his fans want to see his films based on his proven track record. The only recent Aamir film in recent times that I hated was Fanaa, other than that, it's all been good. Looking fwd to seeing Asin- the woman is gorgeous! Accha btw I totally did not understand the veins ki baat becoz I know next to nuthin about body-building... Hey, and SRK has a gorgeous physique too! :-p But you're right, shuruwat to Sallu ne ki thi :-D

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Ravi: Cha gaye Aamir (he's all over the place) is right, although I don't think it resulted from boredom, LOL.

Hi Pitu: Great point you bring up about his brand value. The only thing I didn't like as much in Fanaa was Aamir's look in the first half. I think he was overweight there, and his hair wasn't the best suited to him. He did make up for it in the second half, though, which is where I thought the movie did well.

Asin is great! Should light it up. And the thing with the workout routine and diet was that achieving that look requires a crazy mix (and fluctuations) of protein, carbs, and fat intake, and it's remarkable that he was able to achieve that.


Anonymous said...

Adab TheBollywoodFan,
I had know idea he'd been locked up.

All the best,

theBollywoodFan said...

Adab Sita-ji! Thank you so much for the link! It's funny you mention that, he's used the word 'torture' to describe the physical pain he suffered through it and the diet. :)

I'm glad he's keeping it real, though. Wonder if we'll see those veins in future films (I hope not).


theBollywoodFan said...

All: This post to serve as listing of all posts on Ghajini. A link to it is available on the sidebar through early next year.

Anonymous said...


Just saw Ghajini on DVD (hindi version). I had seen the tamil version when i was in India last year.

One thing most reviewers including yourself have missed in pointing out is the "violence" in the movie. It is too violent. Otherwise i enjoyed the movie. I think the Tamil version was more realistic esp towards the end than the hindi one. I read somewhere that Aamir had suggested changes for the ending. He knows the pulse of the hindi film audience - perhaps his suggestion has paid off looking at the tremendous box office success of the movie - earning more than Rs 200 crores?

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Anonymous, and thank you for your comment. Has Ghajini been released on DVD already? I do agree the film has its share of violence and action, but it always promised that (ever since its first trailer), and I hope people pay attention to the content rating (e.g. it's rated 'R' for violence in my review) -- it's certainly not a film families would want to watch with children around.

I'm glad you were able to enjoy it for what it is. Aamir did indeed write the last 30 minutes of the film, and I agree completely about him knowing the pulse of the audience. There are few, if any, who could have made Ghajini the massive success it has been. 200 Cr. + puts to rest any argument of whether people liked it :)


Anonymous said...

Yes Ghajini DVDs have been available for some time now - Down Under!

It was a good quality though i think it is a pirated copy

Aamir is an excellent actor and I usually don't miss his movies. However Surya did a very good job in the original tamil version esp in the romantic scenes when he is totally enamored by Asin's personality and the things she does. I would suggest you see the tamil version too. I am sure you will like it.

theBollywoodFan said...

Thank you for your comment. I've heard nothing but very good things about the original, and I'll definitely hope to check out the Tamil version soon! (I intended to earlier, but then I have this to-watch stack I'm trying to get through, LOL).