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Looking at Surya's Ghajini

A R Murugadoss' Tamil film Ghajini changed the face of Tamil cinema to an extent. Until then, the hero was either a macho man or a chocolate-faced hero, the heroine was just a glamorous prop and the story dealt with either action or romance.

Ghajini, starring Surya, Asin and Nayantara, was a refreshing change, and a big hit when it released.

A day before Aamir Khan hopes to repeat its magic in Bollywood, we take a look at what worked for Surya's Ghajini to make it a big hit.

Sanjay Ramaswamy and Kalpana

Possibly the most refreshing couple onscreen in recent times, their lives were intriguing -- he is the managing director of the Air Voice Cell company, she is a struggling model.

He's bored of bureaucratic nonsense and running a business empire, she struggles to even pay her rent. She has a great sense of humour, and loves to tell tales about a love affair with a business tycoon. She meets him on modelling assignments but does not know his identity.

More than the revenge vendetta which characterised the film, this tragic romance made the audience's eyes water.

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