Ghajinikanth review: Family-friendly comedy entertainer
Not a sex comedy nor a horror comedy and is packaged as a clean slapstick family entertainer
Thursday 2 August 2018
Santhosh P Jayakumar
Arya, Sayyeshaa, Sampath,Sathish
The good news is that Ghajinikanth is not a sex comedy or a horror comedy and is packaged as a clean slapstick family entertainer. There is no logic and most of the time the situations and plot is silly and predictable. But there is something charming and genuinely funny about this film especially the hilarious second half.
Director Santhosh P Jayakumar who made two adult comedy films Hara Hara Mahadevaki and Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuthu is back this time with a faithful remake of the 2015 blockbuster Telugu film Bhale Bhale Magadivoy.
Rajinikanth (Arya) is an absent minded man who forgets things and easily gets diverted by simple distractions in life. Rajini's dad (Aadukalam Naren) named his son after his matinee-idol thinking that he would become a mass hero in real life but the poor guy often becomes a laughing stock for his absent minded condition.
While girls runaway from Rajini for his forgetful nature, he falls hook-line-sinker for Vandhana (Sayyeshaa). But this time, Rajinikanth hides his problem to impress her and the twist in the tale is that her dad who had rejected our hero knowing his absent minded condition plays cupid.
Arya shines in the comedy and romantic sequences with Sayyeshaa and Sathish. Sayyeshaa looks super gorgeous and her dancing skills are exploited by the director, as she plays the role of a Kuchupudi dancer. The actress also scores with her cute expressions and energetic moves and is slowly turning out to be the dream girl of Kollywood. Sathish is in super form and his one liners bring the roof down in the second half. Aadukalam Naren, Uma, Sampath, Rajendran and Karunakaran have also done a good job.
Though Ghajinikanth is a faithful remake of a hit film, the first half moves slowly and the climax fight turns out to be unintentionally funny and silly. Technically, Balamurali Balu's songs are hits and his background score is adequate. Ballu's colorful cinematography and GK Prasanna’s cuts are the other positive aspects of the film.
Overall, Ghajinikanth is a time pass entertainer and you will enjoy watching it with family and friends!
Ghajinikanth review - Verdict: Time pass family entertainer
Reactions from Social Media:
Sreedhar Pillai @sri50
Saw the premiere show of #Ghajinikanth - a complete laugh riot, especially outrageous 2nd half. It’s total fun ride from director @santhoshpj21 devoid of any double meaning & @arya_offl & @sayyeshaa r cool. Situational Comedy works @actorsathish in good form. Faithful remake.
S Abishek @cinemapayyan
Proper popcorn film! Harmless entertainment but with a disclaimer!
#Santhosh is becoming a specialist in dealing cliche’s and still managing to engage the audience!
1st half, #Ghajinikanth
Strictly for carefree audience
Ramesh Bala @rameshlaus
#GhajinikanthAudiencePremiere / #Ghajinikanth 1st Half: Hilarious situations arising out of @arya_offl character 's Mind diversion..
@sayyeshaa looks ravishing in a tailor-made urban gal role..
@actorsathish and @actorkaruna provide good support..
Looking forward to 2nd..
Kaushik LM @LMKMovieManiac
#Ghajinikanth 1st half - Comedy and dramatic situations arising from hero @arya_offl's memory loss problem and his romance pursuits. Some lively moments! Family entertainer from SPJ.. @sayyeshaa looks gorgeous as usual and puts on a competent show. 2 good songs..
Rajini soldiers @RajiniSoldiers
Lots of #Superstar #Rajinikanth references - title card will be a treat for Rajini fans.. Kya Rey Setting ah...
@arya_offl (aka) Rajinikanth
Gayathri Revathy @GayathriRevathy
Last nit watched d premiere of #Ghajinikanth A perfect film for families &kids one of this year's most enjoyable family entertainment film !
#Ghajinikanth - A faithful remake of super hit #BhaleBhaleMagadivoy. @arya_offl repeat his 'Boss Engira Baskaran' cool dude image, @sayyeshaa looks super gorgeous and present throughout the film. With Ghajinikanth, @santhoshpj21 that he can also make family comedy entertainer!