Agneepath
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Agneepath

Hindi
ActionCrimeDrama
26 Jan, 2012
2 hrs 58 mins
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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 completely 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`s 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.
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Vijay has an unusual sympathiser in the city`s police commissioner (Om Puri), since they share a common enemy. In return, Vijay saves the commissioner`s life. They`re probably even now, if not, Vijay tells the cop, he can clear the debt in his next birth. It`s not surprising the makers of this film profess to believe in reincarnation. This picture is an unabashed film buff`s product of the same thought. It`s a 1990 Mob opera, modified, reborn. ...Read full review
In the island of Mandwa, a little off the shore of Bombay, a righteous schoolteacher is framed and hung by a tree in punishing rain as his 12-year-old son Vijay weeps uncontrollably at his feet. The key instigator of this lynch-mob execution is crime-lord Kancha Cheena (Sanjay Dutt). In these parts, he plays god, though, he always acts like the devil. ...Read full review
Amitabh Harivanshrai Bachchan, poora naam. The name, the man, the voice, the aura bears a lot of weight, the kind that`s impossible to measure. Or live up to. A multitude of films, including Mukul S Anand`s Agneepath, celebrate this indescribable draw he enjoys enhanced through sharply-written scenes and/or technical wizardry. Not everyone has such resonance among the audience. Realising this inadequacy rather humbly, the makers of the new Agneepath take an altogether fresh approach to its 22-year-old source. Remakes, however, are a slippery territory. They invite inevitable comparison and yet aspire for an exclusive identity. ...Read full review
Comparisons are inevitable in a remake, especially when they involve Amitabh Bachchan. This is where Agneepath scores the first win. Comparisons are damned. This `is` the new Agneepath. Though it shares a name with the original and begins with a flashback, Bachchan`s larger-than-life- surma-rimmed Vijay Dinanath Chauhan is a page in movie history. A new one begins with this Agneepath. The movie begins in the strategically located hamlet of Mandwa and then moves to Mumbai. Hrithik Roshan as Vijay Dinanath Chauhan wants to take revenge for the murder of his father by drug lord Kancha (Sanjay Dutt). On the way he meets Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor) who becomes his godfather in crime. He grows up with girl-next-door Kaali (Priyanka Chopra) who eventually becomes his lover. ...Read full review
Mukul S Anand`s Agneepath(1990) has an iconic shot - Amitabh Bachchan on a speed boat, the Mauritian sea shining as he hurtles towards his nemesis, played by Danny. It`s the first time the grown-up Vijay Dinanath Chauhan is meeting Kancha Cheena, and is a major turning point in the story. In Karan Malhotra`s Agneepath, Vijay travels to Mandwa, a small island where Kancha resides. The water isn`t sparkling, the mode of transport is a ferry. And neither Vijay nor Kancha is dressed in a suit. There`s an inherent rawness, and it works beautifully given the context. Vijay is returning to the village he was shunted from years ago. The emotional undercurrent is, hence, stronger. ...Read full review
Melodramatic, choir-inducing sentiment, ecstatic. Agneepath is that rare mainstream movie that is written well. Sanjay Dutt`s Kancha Cheena speaks Sanskritised Hindi, referencing the epics. Priyanka Chopra`s Marathi lilt is a carryover from her cheerful role in Kameeney. Hrithik Roshan, well, Hrithik Roshan just burns silently, seething, waiting, plotting, planning. His gangster is the purest form of criminal because he has no motive but to restore his father`s reputation. His father who taught him to work without waiting for results, to recite poetry, how to eat, how to respect life. ...Read full review
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