Film Critic: Goher Iqbal Punn
Star Cast – Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra, Rishi Kapoor
Director – Karan Malhotra
Producer – Karan Johar
Music Director – Ajay Gogavale, Atul Gogavale
Lyrics – Amitabh Bhattacharya
Genre – Action Drama
Remakes of the brand movies, though the trend has been dolled up since the outset, has now turned a formulaic fashion in the Hindi film industry. And it is often witnessed that the majority of the remakes of the classics and the blockbusters have turned successful at the box office. Nonetheless there are notions which go against the remakes. The question is … if the remakes do well and get popular among the audiences and most importantly if they try to be different or slightly different injecting the dose of contemporary elements, then there is no harm at all to churn out them for the entertainment of the movie lovers who always seek something catchy and worthwhile to watch.
Often the stars, who are roped into the remakes, are found saying that there is no comparison with the original character. Well, to some extent or as far as their acting is concerned, their claim seems to be okay. But the fact remains that you cannot change the audiences’ minds who have already watched the original brand. So when they hit the theater’s space, they carry along the flashes of those characters along. Result: the comparisons happen! Thus it becomes the stars’ responsibility to satisfy the viewers and help them forget the comparisons with their extra dose of well-delivered performance.
Karam Johar’s Agneepath is the remake of the 90s hit with the same titled in which Amitabh Bachchan had played the main character of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan. The film brought National Award for Mr. Bachchan in return to his classy performance in the movie. The film was produced by Karan’s father Yash Johar. Twenty two years later, the son took the command to remake father’s hit with the debutante director Karan Malhotra, who makes the current Agneepath as per the taste of the today’s audience to dish out to the viewers to get entertained with. Malhotra puts new additions to the script to make it slightly different from the original like he introduced the new negative character of Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor). But the main plot is same – the revenge saga.
Debutante Karan’s execution further makes the product contemporary for the audiences who view it as if they are watching a new flick. That’s the beauty and the skill of the director. Hrithik Roshan slips into the strapping character of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan played by the legendary Amitabh Bachchan twenty two years back. The all time favorite dialogue ‘Naam Vijay Chauhan…Baap Ka Naam Dinanath Chauhan’ is the one that had made the flick to super heights in 90s and the same dialogue is going to do something super lucrative for Karan Johar’s product.
Karan Malhotra’s Agneepath has all – action, vengeance, drama, emotions and entertainment. You are rest assured to enjoy the ride with one package that is what the first time director confers his viewers with. Karan shows his class on the celluloid. Since the director knew that the viewers would make the comparisons, he gave the fresh touch to each character in style and other things. He proves that he is a great storyteller. From his job of direction, it cannot be figured out that he is a debutante in the field.
Agneepath talks about a tiny village called Mandwa where the principled father Dinnaanth (Chetan Pandit) teaches his son Vijay Dinnanath Chauhan (Hrithik Roshan) all about the fire (Agneepath). The happy life of the Dinnanath family gets ruined and Vijay is smashed when the drug dealer of the area Kancha (Sanjay Dutt) murders Vijay’s father. His mother (Zarina Wahab) is pregnant. Vijay and his mother leave the place and arrives in Mumbai where he bumps into the gang lord Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor). Rauf becomes the Godfather of the little Vijay Chauhan. Here starts his journey of revenge, which he has in his heart for Kancha, and in the process he gets the supporting hand of his love interest Kali (Priyanka Chopra). Vijay moors the belts to head to Mandwa fifteen years later to seek vengeance.
Agneepath’s power lies in the mastery skill of the director and the script writers they do not let the film loss its flavor. There is hardly any moment where the movie falls flat or runs short of content. The sequences between Vijay and Kancha are what simply capture the whole attention of the viewers. The drama in the movie, where many first time directors even the established directors shake, is well handled by Karan Malhotra.
Karan Malhotra has done his job with finesse and class. He surely has a good scope in the days to come and many big budgeted films will wait him for sure. Even Karan Johar will certainly offer him many projects to do. The action sequences by Abbas Ali Mogul need and deserve special applauds. The viewers who love action movies will find this product superb to satisfy their thirst. The audiences simply enjoy every sequence and every scene was entertained with big noise. The action sequence in the finale loots the viewers’ hearts.
Ajay-Atul’s music is splendid though there is hardly any song which turned chartbuster except Chikni Chameli but they all are listenable and mellifluous. Chikini Chameli, which is picturised on Katrina Kaif, has been doing supremely on all channels. The item song has surely added many sparkles to film’s worth. Katrina looks damn sexy and gorgeous in the song. It was created for the movie’s hype and it did wonders. The background score has also been done by the duo Ajay-Atul and it is superb. Screenplay by Ila Bedi Datta and Karan Malhotra is a masterpiece carries no flaws at all. Dialogues by Piyush Mishra are splendid. Cinematography done by Kiran Deohans and Ravi K. Chandran is a class in itself.
Hrithik Roshan has done wonderful job with the iconic character of Vijay Dinnanath Chauhan with such brilliance that the viewer claps with praise. He does full justice to Amitabh’s character. Sanjay Dutt as Kancha is magnificent. His negative role surpasses his previous negative roles he did in Khal Nayak and Vaastav. He allures the hearts and souls. Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt will surely be nominated for Best Actor and Best Villain’s categories in the awards functions to come. And Karan Johar’s movie too will find its space in the nomination of Best Movie. Rishi Kapoor impresses with his role. He has done the role, which he has never attempted in his career. Priyanka Chopra is great to watch. Zarina Wahab is good. Rest of the cast too is brilliant.
Final Verdict by the Critic:
Agneepath is sure to be a big hit. The film will witness bigger collections at the box office with magnificent direction, powerful script and brilliant performances. A MUST WATCH!
Review By Mukul Kumar Sharma
There are very few people who does not remember the ‘Angry Young Man – Amitabh Bachchan’ from the movie ‘Agneepath’ in 1990. The movie then produced under the banner of Dharma Production is again filmed in the same name by Karan Johar by his Dharma Production now. This version of the movie is a tribute to both the previous movie and Karan Johar’s father who then produced the first ‘Agneepath’. The movie now is all action packed powerful drama which has attracted much popularity even before release. The characters were already powerful ones in the previous movie as the leading character ‘Vijay Deenanath Chauhan’ played by ‘Amitabh bachchan’ and the drug lord evil ‘Kancha Cheena’ played by ‘Danny Denzongpa’. These characters are kept unchanged except the cast in the present day version and they are made more valiant to suit present day viewer’s choice.
The movie is about revenge that ‘Vijay Deenanath Chauhan’, now played by ‘Hrithik Roshan’ has to take upon the evil drug dealer ‘Kancha Cheena’ now played by ‘Sanjay Dutt’ as the villain kills his father ‘Chetan Pandit’ by hanging him alive. Vijay leaves the village of Mandwa after the incident and goes to the city. He joins the gang of ‘Rauf Lala’, a new character in the negative role added in this movie to increase the ‘boom factor’ of the movie. This negative role is played by remarkable ‘Rishi Kapoor’ in this movie who adds more explosions to the movie and makes it an interesting watch and glues the viewer to the seat. Vijay, after joining the gang of Rauf Lala prepares himself slowly but steadily to take his revenge from the evil ‘Kancha Cheena’ (Sanjay Dutt) and then one day he returns to his village. The rest of the story is the main attraction for the viewers. Priyanka Chopra who plays the role of a friend of Hrithik named as ‘Kaali’ plays a steady role of staying with Vijay all the time as his helping hand and support.
The catching points of the movie are the superb music by Ajay-Atul with mind blowing tracks like Deva Shree Ganesha and the item number Chikni Chameli which has rocked the nation already with its awesome music and much more awesome performance by the latest sensation Katrina Kaif. Action movie calls for great action sequences and ‘Agneepath’ is no less as action is directed by Abbas Ali Moghul. Ravi K Chandran on camera has done a great job and the startling dialogue by Piyush Mishra impresses the viewer.
The stars have dedicatedly acted in the movie with Sanjay going bald to get the real feel of a villain with a silver ring on top of his ear. Hrithik has worked hard for shaping his physique. The powerful role of these two megastars is the most entertaining part of the movie. The director is Karan Johar’s former assistant Karan Malhotra and has done a great job. Except a few changes the streamline of the story is kept same. The role of Krishnan Iyer MA previously done by Mithun Chakravarty is completely removed in the present version of the movie. In short, the movie is a great action based entertaining package.
Final Verdict by the Critic:
This is one movie which you don’t want to miss. Agneepath is sure to live up to your expectations and I must say much better made and executed than the original Amitabh Bachchan Version.