Review: Ghajinikanth - Story loses its way, ends up nowhere

By M Bharat Kumar Published on Aug 02, 2018 01:40 PM IST


After two adult comedies in 'Hara Hara Mahadevaki' and 'Iruttu Arayil Murattu Kuthu', filmmaker Santosh P Jayakumar has come up with family fare in 'Ghajinikanth'.

Striking a different path from his earlier movies, 'Ghajinikanth' tries to be a hilarious entertainer involving romance and mistaken identity. A remake of Telugu hit 'Bhale Bhale Magadivoi', the movie begins well only to lose its way and end up nowhere.

The crux of the film is a forgetful Rajinikanth (Arya ) falling in love with the demure Sayeesha. But she doesn’t know he has trouble remembering things. How he manages win her hand is what the story is all about.

Comedy comes well for Arya as we have seen in films like 'Boss Engira Baskaran'. Here, opportunity is restricted for him as the story is predictable. More of situational humour, 'Ghajinikanth' loses fizzle mid-way.

Arya, born to 'Aadukalam' Naren and Uma Padmanabhan at a theatre where a Rajini film is being screened, is named after the actor by his dad. But as he goes grows up, Arya suffers from a peculiar condition because of which he tends to forget what he is doing. People around him start to call him Ghajinikanth.

He comes across young and innocent girl Sayeesha. The girl doesn’t even realise his forgetfulness because he manages to cover it up so tactfully.

Meanwhile, Sayeesha's father Sampath comes to know about Arya and his problem. The rest is all about how Arya, with the help of his friends Sathish and Karunakaran, wins the heart of Sayeesha and convinces her dad to allow him to marry her.

Sayeesha looks pretty and plays a cliched Tamil heroine. Sampath and 'Aadukalam' Naren showcase their funny side. Karunakaran and 'Motta' Rajendran deserve better screen space. Sathish with his funny one-liners makes it work.

Santosh P Jayakumar has managed to keep the audience entertained with some scenes inspired by movies like 'Dharmathin Thalaivan' and 'Vasoolraja' among others. All said and done, 'Ghajinikanth' is time-pass entertainer.