‘Ghajini’ turns a villain in her life

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Coincidence?: Aamir Khan in the poster of the film Ghajini.
Coincidence?: Aamir Khan in the poster of the film Ghajini.

Raghava M.

Phone number tattooed on Aamir Khan’s body brings misery to Bangalore subscriber

BANGALORE: When Indiranagar resident Sarah Varghese received a call on her mobile phone asking for “Ghajini,” she was puzzled. But that was only the first. The calls increased in frequency, and from different numbers.

Ms. Varghese was flummoxed, angry and a bit jittery as well. “I was surprised to receive so many calls. Many of the callers were speaking in Hindi and were asking for Ghajini,” she told The Hindu.

Finally, she received an SMS saying her number was on actor Aamir Khan’s body. In the movie Ghajini, Aamir Khan suffers from short-term memory loss. To help remember, he notes down functional information on his body, including a mobile phone number.

The scriptwriter possibly conjured up the number from thin air. But unfortunately for Ms. Varghese, it turned out to be her mobile number. And the calls, since the release of the film last week, haven’t stopped.

Worse, Aamir Khan with the number, is imprinted on film posters all over town.

“On an average, I receive about five calls a day. It’s become a nuisance,” said a hapless Ms. Varghese.

Unable to come to terms with it, Ms. Varghese finally decided to see Ghajini and check it for herself. On Wednesday, along with her husband, she went for a screening at Lido Cinema. And, behold, her number was indeed on Aamir Khan’s body. She also saw her number on a poster of the film outside the cinema.

‘No complaint’

Ms. Varghese said she did not intend to lodge a complaint with her mobile service provider as the calls were tapering off. “There has been a gradual decrease. I hope they will soon stop,” she said.

A spokesperson for PVR Cinemas, the distributors of the film in Karnataka, said they were helpless and could not do anything about the posters as they had been released by the producer.

Apparently, something similar happened in the case of Hollywood film Bruce Almighty, where actor Jim Carrey is Bruce, who becomes God for a while. To organise the calls from believers, he creates a number. It so happened that the number belonged to a woman in Florida and a radio station in Colorado. Both were deluged with calls wanting to talk and ask God for help. Some calls were from cranks, but many others simply wanted to confess their sins to God Himself.

The calls in Bruce Almighty instantly stopped after the producers bought the two numbers that were causing all the problems.

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