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Surya was in Hyderabad for promoting the Telugu version of his latest Tamil blockbuster Ghajini. He had a press meet at Club Jayabheri on the night of 6th November. After the meet is over, he had chitchat with scribes. Here are the excerpts -

7th November 2005

What is the relevance of the title Ghajini to the story?
Ghajini Mohammad attacked his enemy for 17 times though he failed in each attempt. The hero character in this film too attack villain continuously despite of his memory problems.

How comfortable are you with Telugu language?
I am not fluent in Telugu though I have lots of Telugu friends. I am going to learnt it very soon.

What home work did you do to play Ghajini character?
I went to hospitals and met patients with memory problems. I observed how they behave and react. I also had video tapes of various patients from those hospitals and repeatedly watched them. I tonsured my head to play Ghajini's character.

What kind of audiences Ghajini would appeal to?
1st half is being immensely liked by class audiences. Second half is more for mass audiences. But the characterization of patient is being appreciated by one and all.

How different is Ghajini from other films?
The definition of glamour is changing to different characterization. The Aparichitudu film talked about split personality. Ghajini talks about STML (Short Term Memory Loss). Films like these inject new style of filmmaking and create new trend.

What is your reaction to the gesture of Chiranjeevi?
It was most unexpected of such a big hero like Chiranjeevi to call me and appreciate. He also sent me bouquet. I was flattered. He also told me that only an actor can understand the pain and hard work that goes into doing roles like Ghajini. I am really thrilled.

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