January 8, 2009

'Ghajini' breaks box-office

The Bollywood movie "Ghajini" became the only Indian film to earn one billion rupees (RM71.9mil) at the box office across the country in less than a week of its release on Christmas.

At a time when every industry is hit by recessionary trends and Bollywood did not fare quite well at the box office, the film starring lead actor Aamir Khan broke all the previous records and set the cash registers ringing within a few days of its release.

"Ghajini" is a remake of a Tamil film of the same name. The film is a romantic action thriller that explores the life of a rich businessman who suffers from 'anterograde amnesia' following a violent encounter. With the aid of Polaroid Instant camera images and permanent tattoos on his torso, the man tries to avenge the murder of his girlfriend, Kalpana, who has been murdered.

However, to all those who have been calling the movie a remake of Christopher Nolan's "Memento", actor Aamir Khan says the movie is just inspired from the Hollywood flick and is not a copy or remake of it.

Besides, raking in huge profits in domestic markets, "Ghajini" has done well in the overseas market as well. The movie opened with $0.92 million in the Middle East, followed by North America with $1.4 million and Australia with $254,000.

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