[Rating: 3.5] 

Director: Karan Malhotra

Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor, Zarina Wahab, Sachin Khedekar, Om Puri

Synopsis: In a small Indian village Mandwa, Vijay Dinanath Chauhan (Hrithik Roshan) is taught about the path of fire (Agneepath) by his principled father. His life is shattered completeley when the evil drug lord Kancha Cheena (Sanjay Dutt) hangs his father to death. Vijay leaves for Bombay with his pregnant mother played by Zarina Wahab, and takes an oath that he will return to Mandwa someday and bring back the glory of his father name. In Bombay, 12 Year-old Vijay is taken under the wings of the city`s drug lord Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor). From here on, it is a journey of revenge where he makes and breaks many relationships only to get closer to his aim. Vijay finds support in his only friend Kaali (Priyanka Chopra), who stands by him at every moment of his life. Fifteen Years later, his hatred for Kancha takes him back to Mandwa. Agneepath is a remake of the Hindi film of the same name starring Amitabh Bachchan which fetched him a national award.

Review: Vijay Dinanath Chauhan steps into our era with cold-blooded suaveness and a meditative focus towards retribution. Second time around he is less man-like and more boyish in his vulnerabilities. First time director Karan Malhotra pays a tribute to the original rather than miming it. Borrowing the plot but re-inventing the way it should conduct itself, he recreates a version that takes you by surprise with its robust imagery, black humour and spine chilling villainy.
 
More than Mukul Anannd’s original plot you see an almost Shakespearean tragedy surfacing through the script. Black skies menacingly witnessing gruesome deaths and a turbulent sea wildly weeping at the loss of humanity. The story is a tribute to resilience, vengeance here is a lot like the horse wearing blinkers to all else in pursuit of its goal. So you have a Vijay who is grey in his sensibilities and too conniving for his peers to get the better of him. He often fakes loyalty to add momentum to his grand plans. His eyes, a reservoir of pain and seething with unadulterated hate. This a Vijay you cannot be in awe of but in an instant identify with. Vijay ruthlessly kills a lot of people to infuse life to his sense of purpose. He is possessed with so much pain that he dare not entertain his emotions, lest they obstruct his mission. He is heroic in the ironies he throws at us. His familiarity on one end and his unpredictability on the other makes "Agneepath" a hands down winner.
 
The plot is just a basic revenge saga exactly like the original. Meet the menacing uncrowned king of Mandwa, Kancha Cheena (Sanjay Dutt) who cunningly gets the righteous village school master Dinanath Chauhan wrongly accused of raping a minor and drags him to a gruesome death by hanging him on a large and deathly tree.
In a spine-chilling scene we see, bordering on insanity, Kancha quote the Bhagwad Gita to defend his inhuman cruelty. Vijay mind-numbed by his father’s death migrates with his pregnant mother to Mumbai, where he, his baby sister and mother decide to relocate. The teenage Vijay keeps a close eye on a drug lord who dares to humiliate Kancha and inspires him to seek unquestionable power. Vijay fascinated by the aura exerted by the human and drug trafficking don Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor) chooses to become his loyal right-hand man simply to reclaim entry to Mandwa and seek revenge from Kancha.
 
Rishi Kapoor’s performance as the foul-mouthed mafia, unabashedly auctioning trembling teenage girls like he was selling a goat for slaughter, is noteworthy. He is the stuff cold-blooded men are made of. He makes a great stepping stone in Vijay’s mission, his black kohl eyes recreating the old Bollywood baddie charm that we witnessed back in the early nineties. Priyanka Chopra plays the admirably adapting girl-next-door cum lover to Vijay, cheering him up, conspiring gimmicks simply to see a smile spread across his face. Her role though functional stands out in its unconditional bonding with the hero. Om Puri as the zealous and soon to retire commissioner is endearing in his warmth towards Vijay, trying hard to solve the mystery behind his many twisted and shocking doings.
 
Meanwhile, a special mention to Dutt who excels as Kancha Cheena, a lot like he once did as "Khalnayak" only this time his tyranny is too overpowering right until the climax. It takes steel and not muscle to break this almost surreal face of evil. He is a devil’s reincarnate, black in head and attire both. But nonetheless he is not dramatic, he hardly speaks, just grins and guffaws, since he knows how tough his own lineage is to overpower. Vijay’s reunion song with his sister post rescuing her from being auctioned by a spurned Rauf Lala is highly memorable in its subtlety and simplicity. The mother-son bonding unlike the original is as good as nil in this one. Zarina Wahab as Suhasini, Vijay’s battered mother, chooses a deafening silence to express her disapproval of his ways rather than melodrama of any sort.
 
Piyush Mishra’s dialogues are rhetorical, reeking of unresolved anger and still keeping characters miles away from over-the-top drama. The eerie cinematography by Ravi K Chandran and Kiran Deohans is remarkable in creating am apocalyptic sense of doom amidst the skies. In the official remake, however, Amitabh Bachchan’s trademark self-introduction monologue is enacted in the most crucial phase of the plot, establishing the hero’s identity like nothing else would, paying a smart homage minus just weakly imitating the original. With Bollywood off late going on a remake spree, this one boasts of a soul of its own. Karan Johar pays tribute to his father’s home production by remaking it with creative liberties, exploring an unexplored territory and emerging rather a winner despite all the filming dare-devilry. It’s a tribute that steers from trying to replace the original, simply borrows from it and then like any other achiever decides to set up a benchmark of its own. The only flaw that surfaces is the way too lengthy climax.
 
Watch it because three superstars, each coming in from different cinematic eras, make every minute memorable. Sanjay Dutt with his ominous cruelty, Hrithik with his manipulative righteousness and Rishi Kapoor’s incredible filthiness. Agneepath is a celebration of vices to heed virtues so as to unfailingly claim victory all over again.
 
Verdict: Agneepath is a firebrand of talent blazing on screen. Loved the robust saga of revenge.
 
Pashmina Narang

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13 Comments

  1. BALPREET

    January 28, 2012 at 11:35 am

    excellentt movieeeeeeee

  2. RAJ SINGH

    January 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    awsome movie… Hrithik ki movie kavi bekaar ho he nhi sktiii…@

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    January 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    i really loved Agneepath movie. The way Hrithik showed his performance was amazing. Sanju baba looked awesome with his rugged look and he’s so good in negative role.

    And what can i say about Katrina, she’s HOT in chikni chameli song and she has proven once again that she can make people go crazy with her jhatkas in dance.

    Priyanka did good job and so as others.

    i completely agree with the review.

  4. Raj (Naam toh suna hi hoga)

    January 30, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Finally Hrithik start giving hits…..all thanks to god we only had one bad shock of Kites 🙂

  5. Yebhi Coupons

    February 1, 2012 at 12:35 am

    i liked the way Sanju baba acted in the negative role. Hrithik was all over the movie. Ek dum chaagaya Hrithik.

    New heroes must learn from Sanju baba and Hrithik’s dance was amazing.

  6. Byron Taylor

    February 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Really, great movie but not compared to OLD movie Agneepath

    • Ivan

      June 4, 2012 at 11:48 am

      wtf is this .Sanjay Dutt looking like Lord Voldemort .rolfmao a lot of blood hrihitk’s face and he getting beaten up as if only that would invoke feelings in the viewer ..I can understand that Hrithik fans(who give the video a thumps up just because they think he looks AWESOME) would blindly go for this kind of crap but when was Johar camp last applauded for making a decent sensible movie they are always known for candyfloss entertainment or copy paste stuff same with agneepath!!

  7. Manas kajarekar

    February 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Agneepth…a grand tribute to the classic cult flick form the 90’s…truly empowered by realistic performences from hrithik roshan ,rishi kapoor & sanjay dutt…
    Small loophole to be mention is the a bit stretched climax..

  8. Vandana

    February 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    AGNEEPATH IS A FANTASTIC MOVIE. SANJAY DUTT IS OUTSTANDING AND HRITHIK IS SIMPLY SUPERB. A MUST WATCH

    • Joice

      June 3, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Amitabh Bachchan doing a Hindi vesrion of Al Pacino was most of the charm in the first vesrion of Agneepath. In this trailer, Hritick just seems to look sexy and get beaten up a lot. Sanjay Dutt’s masterful villainy should appeal to people who enjoy a wicked imagination and lots of violence. Give me a good song and dance, silk sari romance any day. KJo should stop hanging on Ram Gopal Varma’s tweets and get back to telling good stories, not just sado-masochistic titillaters like this.

    • Alejandro

      June 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

      thanks for your views.I am yet to see a genuine user reievw praising the movie.I will give this one a skip..Frankly, when I came to know about the almost 3-hour running time, I was not hopeful of the movie being gud personally, I find it difficult to sit through a 3-hour long movie even if it is good.

  9. BigBasket Coupons

    March 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Excellent movie…. Hrithik’s dance was amazing.

  10. Srinivasinfo

    March 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Agneepath is my favorite movie and i like Hrithik roshan action and i am big fan of him. Sanju baba action is super.

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