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01-26-2012, 02:42 AM #1
01-26-2012, 11:35 PM #2Story:
Set initially in a village called Mandwa in India, Agneepath which eventually moves to Mumbai, is a simple story of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan (Hrithik Roshan) who wants to take the revenge of his father Dinanath Chauhan’s murder from Kancha (Sanjay Dutt). In the journey to achieve his goal, he stumbles upon Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor) who becomes his Godfather. Also, meanwhile, he grows up with girl in neighborhood, Kaali (Priyanka Chopra), who eventually becomes his love interest. Now, how will Vijay accomplish his task is the rest of the story!
Comparisons are inevitable when a classic like Agneepath is remade. Now, the question remains, will Agneepath surpass the expectations and live up to the hype it has created so far? Well, first of all, current Agneepath isn’t the exact replica of the original one in terms screenplay. New entrants like Rauf Lala add new interesting dimensions to the story. This Hrithik-Sanjay starrer flick is a collage of some impactful moments but fitted in the most haphazard manner which makes it impact less at many moments. Irrelevant sequences like intimacy between Hrithik-Priyanka and overtly dragged brother-sister reunion sequence further add to the misery.
Hrithik Roshan is confidence-personified and complements his counterpart Sanjay Dutt who seemingly looked more powerful as an actor in promos. Sanjay Dutt as Kancha was anticipated to give ‘A’ performance and he lives up to the hype. But, certainly above them is Rishi Kapoor who impresses with his flawless power-packed performance. Priyanka Chopra is brilliant in her small but pivotal role though, the film could survive without her presence. Zarine Wahab and Om Puri play their part well.
Karan Malhotra still has a long way to go as he comes across as very naïve with his approach towards direction. His act loses threads at most places. But, one can’t take away the credit of creating some historical moments like a beautifully shot fight between Hrithik and Rishi. Also, the way Hrithik reveals his real identity as Dinanath’s son to Kancha through a messenger. And last but not the least, the climax where Vijay takes on Kancha leading to latter’s brutal death. Only thing is wish, these moments were alligned properly with no loopholes to make it a smooth watch for the viewer.
Music/ Cinematography/ Dialogues/ Editing:
Barring Chikni Chameli, where Katrina Kaif sets the screen ablaze, none of the songs register. Cinematography gets full marks for capturing the expressions and experimenting with different camera angles. Dialogues are mediocre and crisp editing could have helped in curbing the lengthy duration of the film.
3 Ups and 3 Downs:
Stupendous performances, fresh storyline despite a remake, Chikni Chameli song and cinematography are strengths of the film. Music, editing, long duration are the weak points.
On the whole, Agneepath totally rests on star power which will lure the cine-goers to halls but how far will it impress them remains to be seen.
...being a human...
01-27-2012, 02:37 AM #3
AGNEEPATH Quick Review:?? FLOP ?? of the year 2012
Ever since the first trailer of Agneepath was released, all of us have had high expectations from it. Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt and Karan Johar made a killer combination, we thought. But it seems that unlike the trailer, the film has failed to deliver. Or so it seems from the first half. Our reviewer who watched the film texted us, “Agneepath is ordinary. The director (Karan Malhotra) has taken the basic story and played around with it. Works in parts and not in others. Rishi Kapoor gives a sparkling performance. Hrithik is understated but strong. Sanjay is scary looking but his dialogues aren’t so.” We can just hope the second half makes up for it.
There are great expectations from Agneepath for three main reasons: it is a remake of an Amitabh Bachchan flick, it’s produced by Karan Johar and has a huge starcast. But I wonder why? In any case the original Agneepath had tanked at the box office at first, only to have been recognised as a cult classic later. In a way, this one’s not just a remake. Director Karan Malhotra has taken the basic plot and played around with it.
Vijay Dinanath Chauhan (Hrithik) is out to avenge his father’s death at the hands of Kancha (Sanjay Dutt) and reclaim the respect of his village, Mandwa. In the process he becomes a criminal who uses powerful people to come up in the ranks. Karan has made loads of changes to the story and that’s absolutely fine. The point is that he fails to make it relevant to today’s times. It still has all the typical filmy ingredients of the late ’80s and ’90s – a childhood romance, a maa delivering a baby on the street with women holding their saris to cover her, the hero’s sister being assaulted by one of the villains and the hero mouthing sentimental lines as he bleeds to death. The way the village of 1977 is portrayed feels quite outdated and the concept of a villain leading a military rule so close to a metro like Mumbai in the ’90s is also a little unbelievable.
At the end if it all, you wonder what the real point of remaking this film was and you have no real answers. Especially in the first half when the story gets quite predictable and moves at a snail’s pace. The second half gets more gripping when Hrithik goes all out to take his revenge and comes face to face with the evil Kancha. But the long drawn lead up to it has left you exhausted by then. The climax is gripping though. And you do want to whistle when Hrithik mouths the famous Amitabh Bachchan lines: “Naam Vijay Dinanath Chauhan. Baap ka naam Dinanath Chauhan. Gaon, Mandwa.” Thankfully the dialogue has been used only once and in the right place.
The performances are good and that’s what keeps you hooked. Sanjay Dutt’s Kancha is much more menacing than Danny Denzongpa’s in the original. He looks evil and brings a madness to his character. But some of his dialogues really let him down. Even though she tries really hard to impress her audience, Priyanka Chopra as Kaali doesn’t have much to do at the end of the day. The boy who plays the young Hrithik has given a commendable performance and so has the girl who plays Hrithik’s teenage sister. Rishi Kapoor manages to carry off the vulgar character of Rauf Lala quite convincingly. He is uninhibited and delivers a sparkling performance. Deven Bhojani also impresses as Rishi Kapoor’s mute son. And finally, Hrithik Roshan, who is the saving grace of the film, comes up with a gritty and strong performance. He tries his best to bring the angst and bitterness of his character to life, but is let down by the screenplay. Compared to the original, Hrithik’s Vijay Chauhan has fewer dialogues and punch lines. His character is more humane and sensitive than that of Amitabh’s ruthless one. The director tries to portray Vijay as an underdog who finally accumulates the inner strength to overpower the evil Kancha. This change in characterisation works to an extent. Sadly, the screenplay doesn’t allow you to feel as strongly for him as you would have liked to. But his breakdown, his rage and his pain in the last few scenes lift his performance and the film.
Neither is Agneepath a great film nor a terrible one. It’s ordinary. It’s gripping in parts but suffers as a whole. Unfortunately for Karan Malhotra, unlike Don or Devdas, there’s only that much you can do to contemporise Agneepath and make it relevant for today’s viewers. Watch it for Hrithik’s performance and a few dramatic moments, but only if you are willing to sit through three hours of an intensely filmy movie....being a human...
01-27-2012, 11:03 PM #4
Agneepath – No Fire in This OneAgneepath, Agneepath…! The lines from the famous poem written by the late Harivanshrai Bachchan, the father of the “Superstar of the Millennium”, Amitabh Bachchan. Agneepath – the first film to come out of Dharma Productions, the film that fetched Amitabh Bachchan his first and only National Award, the film, which over the years has achieved a cult status, thanks to the Superstar’s fabulous portrayal of “Vijay Dinanath Chavan”, aye!
It was Yash Johar who produced this film in 1990 with the creative Mukul S. Anand at the helm. 22 years later, it is his son Karan Johar who remakes this film with the debutante director Karan Malhotra. So, how good is this attempt? Let me remind you that the original Agneepath didn’t fetch many rewards but awards.
First things first, this film is not a scene-to-scene remake of the original. Not all the original characters are reatined, and director Karan Malhotra reworked on the original script to cater to the audiences of 2012. And to be honest, the script actually falls flat, and leaves the audience with an incomplete experience.
Agneepath is a revenge drama. Vijay Dinanath Chavan, son of Master Dinanath Chavan are a happy family (including his mother) residing in Mandva, a small island, a little distance away from Mumbai. Master Dinanath is a well respected person in the village, as he works for the welfare of its residents by producing salt. Enters Kancha Cheena, son of the Zameendar of Mandva, who not only has an evil look but also evil ideas. Kancha finds out that the soil of Mandva is fertile enough to grow cocaine. So, he lures the villagers to submit their lands on a lease basis to him for he would set up a salt factory, and the villagers would profit from the factory. Master Dinanath, tells the villagers to not submit their lands to Kancha, for they could permanently lose them. Kancha plots an evil plan to get rid of Master Dinanath and eventually kills him with the little Vijay watching him. Vijay and his mother leave Mandva and come to Mumbai, and all Vijay wants now is to avenge his father’s death. The rest of the story is how gets his revenge over Kancha.
Hrithik Roshan as Vijay Dinanath Chavan is good, though not great. The director failed to extract the intensity that the character demands. Although I hate to compare his performance with Amitabh’s in the original, I would have to say the emotions that Amitabh portrayed in his character are missing in the adaptation. But nevertheless, Hrithik gives a wholehearted performance.
Sanjay Dutt as Kancha Cheena looks frightening for sure. But, his performance is somehow incomplete. Although he utters a few funny lines in pure Hindi, his characterization is flawed. Though he is a perfect match to Hrithik, as far as their muscles go, performance wise, the audience are left wanting.
Rishi Kapoor as Rauf Lala, well he is the surprise package! We all adore Rishi Kapoor for his acting skills but, in this one he plays a perfect bad guy and he just excels in this role of the ‘kasai’, and we are just going to end up admiring his acting skills even more. If for anything, you would have to watch Agneepath just for his performance.
Priyanka Chopra, who plays Kali doesn’t have a substantial role but plays her part with ease. Zarina Wahab as Hrithik’s mother is OK. Arish Bhiwandiwala, the boy who played the little Vijay Dinanath Chavan is very good. Om Puri as commisioner Gaitonde is fabulous.
Music doesn’t have a big part to play in the film. Although the background score by Ajay-Atul suits the bill. Cinematography by Kiran Deohans and Ravi K.Chandran is very good. Editing could have been a bit crispier as the runtime of the film is a little long. Screenplay by Karan Malhotra and Ila Dutta Bedi could have been better. Nothing new in the action department by Abbas Ali Moghul. Dialogues by Piyush Mishra need a special mention. The production values are very good.
This Agneepath has a couple of good performances by Hrithik and Rishi Kapoor that will leave the audiences awestruck, but the film falls flat as far as the content is concerned. The high that the original hits with regards to its emotions are amiss in the adaptation. But this one is going to be a money spinner for sure, thanks to the extensive promotion and ‘Chikni Chameli’.
A one-time watch, and do not go wanting to watch Big B reincarnated....being a human...