‘Ghani’ by Varun Tej is a half-baked sports drama. It lacks suspense and tension and is narrated in such a way that it never registers in the mind. What’s worse, the film’s plot point is presented so clichedly that it barely registers. However, this movie will probably end up a big hit with box-office goers.
Varun Tej’s ‘Ghani’ is a half-baked sports drama
In its first day at the theatres, ‘Ghani’ has received mixed reviews. The film was supposed to release in December last year, but it was delayed after the third wave of pandemic struck the country. The reviews on Twitter were mostly positive, with one user calling it “a solid movie, though a little slow”.
Set in the sports world, the film follows a young boxer named Ghani, whose father lost his life due to political squabbles. Despite being the son of a boxing champion, Ghani’s father is caught cheating on drugs, which results in his death. However, his dream remains unfulfilled and Ghani takes up boxing with the help of an ex-champion, played by Sunil Shetty. In fact, the film’s plot revolves around Ghani’s struggles to win a boxing tournament.
It lacks suspense and tension
One of the most common complaints from critics about Ghana movies is that they lack suspense and tension. This is because most films in Ghana are sequels to earlier films, and filmmakers try to create this impression by showing previous movies on television, which increases audiences’ interest and anticipation. Nevertheless, there is something wrong with this approach. This article will discuss some of the reasons why it fails to create suspense and tension in Ghana movies.
Popular cinema in Ghana has long been obsessed with the “powers of darkness” and uses these to visualize invisible occult forces. Many films use explicit references to secret practices and visualize occult forces. While this may not make for a great movie, it is a culturally and linguistically interesting source for anthropologists. Moreover, the films in Ghana have many themes that would appeal to a diverse audience.
It’s writing and narration are the film’s biggest drawbacks
The conventional axiom of writing a film is “show, don’t tell,” and the Hollywood industry has played a big role in perpetuating this truism. Despite the potential benefits, voice narration can often misdirect audiences, leading to a clumsy, choppy film experience. However, the voice narration itself can have a positive effect. It can justify bad character choices, explain poor directing, and aid the storymind.