Agneeepath!! Hain!!!

Since I seem to have an opinion on a lot of things these days, I decided no better time to revive my long dead blog with a movie review. Nothing intellectual about this – butย  if you must, then read on for my honest opinion of the movie.

Consider this review a fresh perspective on the film, not at all influenced by the original Agneepath (AB’s claim to a lot of fame) – since i haven’t seen that one, though would like to now surely – to draw comparisons – and maybe i will write about that in a future post some time. But for now, lets stick to Agneepath – 2012.

Well for one thing, within the first 20 minutes of the film boredom set in, i was shifting in my seat, fidgeting, looking at other people to see if they were watching as “intently” as me. Of course the storyline is a simple one. Father gets killed by bad guy, son grows up to take revenge. The challenge was to tell the same story – only better.

One could say that the start was a wee bit promising – but it lost steam pretty fast. Especially the long drawn scenes of the violent hanging of Vijay’s father – the Master, leaves nothing to imagination and is basically not such a well executed scene. It doesn’t evoke the necessary feelings and just goes over the top, making you wish that they would just get on with it! For someone who hasn’t seen the original, the movie is also very predictable – maybe coz this storyline has been done to death, but still – i was looking for some pull!

Following the trend…..the grown up Vijay is very predictably introduced with a close up shot of his bulging biceps – which just makes me nostalgic, coz I have seen that shot in way too many Hrithik films. I think the directors need to stop obsessing over his biceps and really pay more attention to other detail – like how do we make this movie more watchable – other than putting a good looking starcast together ๐Ÿ˜›

The introduction of the villain – Kancha was, well, disappointing too. He almost looks the part – more like a glob of muscle and flesh and i couldn’t help notice that his scalp extends to the base of his neck. You will know what i mean when you see. A bald head, shaved eyebrows (which is pretty much the only major change) and a stiff upright ring in a falsely pierced ear are the characteristics of this menacing bad guy. Sanjay Dutt’s tattoos thrown in for free add to his image and the black kurta / dhoti and chonch waali kohlapuris complete the look.

Other than that, the dialogue and conviction about how bad or psycho he really was, left a lot to be desired. I think there was a lot of untapped , unused and under utilised potential there.

I would say the same for Vijay Deenanath Chauhan too. The angry young man, is much too sentimental and i think there isnt a moment in the film that he doesnt have tears in his eyes – whether it is because he is happy, or because he is sad, or because he is drunk orย  because he is angry. I owe that to a lack ofย  better direction, coz no matter what, Hrithik does put in all his effort to be a convincing character as always. But, he was just too much of a good guy in a bad situation. Maybe thats how it was meant to be, but then, not very believably so.

Priyanka Chopra…..hmmm. Well, firstly I didn’t even know she was in the film. With all the hype about chikni – chameli, which by the way is an unnecessary and untimely occurrence in the movie, Priyanka just ends up as a very “sidey” character. Anybody could have played that role. Infact they should have used a new face, who would have brought a fresh dimension and also looked the part and got noticed too. Hrithik’s character has too much of a central role to leave any room for hers. Other than Vijay’s love interest – she has no real presence or significance in the film. Also, I think Priyanka needs to stay away from the “marathi mulgi” image now – coz the wedding scene looks almost exactly like the one in Kaminey. Her character is also very similar to it and that does nothing for her either. I almost felt sorry for her.

So who wasn’t so bad you ask? I think Rishi Kapoor. Initially I almost laughed out loud seeing that he was playing a bad guy – so bad that he ran a flesh trade business and sold young girls who he kept trapped in a cage and was a drug lord too. But he pulled it off pretty much – and I think he was so much more convincingly sinister than Kancha.

In the end, picking up a cult film and remaking it does not guarantee anything, especially to the viewer. i did not go with any hopes, especially since we went on the first day of its release and had no reviews to fall back on. I think this was a lack of execution at many levels – direction, editing, screenplay and also the soundtrack – i dont think i enjoyed any songs in the movie.

A rich star cast but half baked everything else.

ย  Khush to aaj bilkul nahin hoge tum!!!


6 thoughts on “Agneeepath!! Hain!!!

  1. Now I must say an honest Review ….The best thing I liked it about is that you have not compared it to the earlier Agneepath…and as you have not seen the earlier one hence I must tell you that forget about those extreme comments people have made that AB is AB and no one else can justify the role of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan.I must say people either have not seen the full original movie or have faded memory from thier chilhood where they only can remember a face burnt bleeding AB delivering the lines “lathpath lathpath” or the stylish dialogue “poora naam…….” otherwise a person who had seen the movie in the one past one month would have not said so unless he is a die hard fan of AB. I won’t like to comment on AB’s performance on the movie as It gave him a National Award and I would not dare also but I just want to Imagine what you would have written If you would have seen the original movie in early 90’s….Would really like to see what yours view would have been on these,

    1. Vijay’s mother being molested by Kancha’s man at Mumbai streets and an ugly 10 min dragged weird drama on the road with the infant Shikshya crying and Vijay calling for help at Police station.(Given that you were bored by the first 20mins…the original one was far longer than this one) but never the less I must tell you that Rohini Hattangadi who played the role of Vijay’s mother won a National award for this performance as well….Now you must be knowing why Zarina Wahab was doing those over acted melodrama in the latest version(I was like …oh god not again ….are they gonna bore us with a public baby delivery scene this time…yuaaakkk… :P..but thank god it was shorter than expected).. ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Now Imagine the intesity of the revenge what has been projected in the remake being destroyed by the likes of Mithun Chakravarty who was not only an Iyer who sales coconut water but also becomes Shikshya’s body guard and dancing with folded loongi at a disco.To garnish the mess he also dances around trees with a faltu ka gaana.(May be everyone can say that it was competition from the peer movies like Paap Ko jala ke rakh kar dunga , Marte dum tak, Maa kasam badla lunga etc etc. which made Yash Johar & team to include them) But I can very well understand why Karan Johar & team removed this character this time and made Shikshya a teeneger so that she dare not to romance with any weird Krishnan Iyer who for this very bullshit performance wins a National award for the Best supporting actor.

    3. You commented on the eyes of Vijay that he always has tears on his eyes but the original Vijay was full with bliss and didnt missed any oppurtunity to do romantic gana bajana with the nurse of the hospital where he was fighting for his life. The Vijay who had one single reason to live i:e to kill the Kancha also got married to this nurse and Mr. Mukul Anand had all the time in the world to make them have a baby boy.

    4. I felt Priyanka Chopra though had nothing to do in the movie still carried a charm in the movie where the Lady Madhavi in the original one who has given the industry “N” no. of cult classic iconic flops like “Kalyug aur Ramayan”, “Mar Mitenge”,”Loha”, “Jwala”, “Lambu Dada” , “Mujhe Shakti do” etc was failed to carry. But your point for the new comer thing was perfact .

    5. The yelling AB firing through a Leo toys automatic gun(If you can remember it was the most sought after toy during our days which can be compared with PSP of the recent age ) and blasting everything which comes in his way.

    Now given that I may have criticised the so called “Cult” movie which originally could not do good on commercial front hence I must confess that it was Impeccable in visual depiction of Agneepath particularly when AB runs through the fire…the cinematography with the limted technology available was superb …and of course the master dialogue delivery, especially for the lines written originally by the father and delivered by his son…I couldnt hear properly the Agneepath lines coming out of Hrithik.

    And finally I am a guy who didnt liked the original one and same for the new one…..but I would say the story here was much better than the original one. Apart from VDC’s character which cant have a replacement(By saying this am not taking away creidt of Hrithik’s efforts ) I would say the casting and performance of the latest one was good in many ways.

    Going by stand alone film if not compared than its an average action-drama movie thats my opinion. dat Ihve already done smething..Must again confess that I have had a wonderful time reading your blogs so keep coming in….I promise next time It will be short & crisp comments ๐Ÿ˜€


  2. Hahaha Satyajit, this is an awesome review comparing the two. You know after watching the movie, I was inquisitive about the original – since everyone was talking about how AB cannot be outdone as VDC. So I youtubed a couple of scenes – and frankly, I couldnt understand what the big deal was. Even the older Agneepath was a commercial failure, though it did lead to national awards for a couple of actors. I didn’t think it was anything great – but I guess a “cult film” status that it has now received must mean something.

    Also, I think Hrithik did a great job as an actor – but the direction was maybe what failed him. For me.

    I was looking at the film from a purely entertainment and interest perspective. I dont care if its a remake or a comedy / drama / action film – as long as its interestingly made. The main aim after all is to tell a story and keep the viewer hooked right.

    And guess what, i had one of those toy guns too, an OG green one ๐Ÿ™‚ they used to go trrrr trrrr and were one of the most irritating things for my Mom – i wonder why she bought me one – but i loved it!

    Thanks for writing your thoughts in such detail – interesting and informative ๐Ÿ™‚ esp all the movie names u have mentioned – gawd now i have ammunition for the next “hangman” game ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • ๐Ÿ™‚

      the toy gun was my favrt as well…..Exactly d same way my family used to react when I used to do those Trrrr trrrrr…:D

      BTW any day i can give a hard run on a hangman game where theme is flop movies… ๐Ÿ˜‰


  3. @binny – Liked the fact that you covered almost everything in detail; each character and performance has been analyzed in depth.

    @satya – Original did drag and that’s perhaps the reason it flopped. The National Awards could be attributed to xtremely high connections AB had then ๐Ÿ™‚ However, all said and done it is one of the most stylized movies ever made in Bollywood; the clone just pales in comparison.


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