Film Critic: Goher Iqbal Punn
Film Producer: Karan Johar
Director: Karan Malhotra
Star Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra, Rishi Kapoor and Zarina Wahab
Karan Johar’s much in talks project ‘Agneepath’ has hit the screens now. The film was much in news due to many reasons – the most prominent being the remake of the 90s hit Agneepath made by Karan Johar’s father Yash Johar and directed by Mukuk Anand. And the other reason of the fame of this flick is the item number Chikni Chameli done by today’s hot and gorgeous lass rather item number specialist Katrina Kaif. Due to this song, the audience was already waiting the flick to release. The song was picturised just for the movie’s hype which it created bombastically well. Katrina Kaif was roped in specially since she is the one lass of Bollywood trade who can turn the item number much popular and she did it! Remakes are well in today’s Bollywood business. And there is no harm at all in attempting the same when people love watch it and they serve the purpose well on screen by getting the people allured with them. When the remakes are churned out, the comparisons come along for sure. The stars, though say they do not copy the style of the original performances and obviously they do not, but since the audiences hit the space having the comparisons in mind, there is no denying that comparisons cannot be forgotten. But yes, they can be eliminated but post the release and with brilliant performances by the contemporary stars.
The debutante director Karan Malhota does the luminous job with this flick. He makes the current Agneepath by injecting the content as per the taste of the current audience. The new addition of the character of Rishi Kapoor – Rauf Lala too makes the film different from the original brand of Yash Johar.
Hrithik Roshan carries the legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan’s character of Vijay Dinnanauth Chauhan with finesse. Sanjay Dutt plays Kancha, the villain originally played by Danny Denzongupa. Many raise the issue that Sanjay has the shades of Danny’s character but the actor denies the reports and it is true Karan Malhotra’s Kancha is utterly different in avatar and acting than the 90s’ Agneepath’s Kancha.
The film is laced with all ingredients to entertain the audiences – emotions, revenge, drama and all. The direction is superb that the viewer sits with the open eyes from the first frame to the last frame of the movie.
The film tells the story of a village Mandwa where the young Vijay Dinnanath Chauhan (Hrithik Roshan) lives with his parents – Dinnanath Chauhan (Chetan Pandit) and mother (Zarina Wahab). His father gets him trained about the fire (Agneepath). All is well until the drug dealer Kancha (Sanjay Dutt) kills his father. Vijay and his mother comes to Mumbai where he comes across the city gang lord Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor) who turns young Vijay’s Godfather. In his journey of revenge, Kali (Priyanka Chopra) appears to be his support. Fifteen years later, a grown up Vijay Dinnanath Chauhan comes to Mandwa to take venegeance.
Direction by Karan Malhotra is a class and you cannot figure out that a debutante has done the execution. There is no hole in script. It is well written and catchy – all praises for the writers Ila Bedi Datta and Karan Malhotra. Dialogues grab special attention penned by Piyush Mishra. They are super. Cinematography and editing are splendid. Ajay-Atul’s music is catchy – Chikni Chameli is the one song that is enough to send chill through the bodies.
Hrithik Roshan has done the great job portraying the brilliant character of Amitabh Bachchan’s Vijay Dinnanath Chauhan. There is no comparison and Hrithik shows his class. He is a true superstar. Sanjay Dutt has made the people forget his negative roles in Kahl Nayak and Vaastav. Kancha has surpassed all. Priyanka is good. Zarina Wahab is splendid. Rest of the cast acts well.
On the whole, Agneepath is a masterpiece and must be watched. A NOT TO MISS VENTURE.
Ranbir Kapoor, the dashing heartthrob of Bollywood, is found praising big about his father’s performance in recently released Agneepath. Rishi Kapoor played a negative role in the film. His character is called Rauf Lala, who is a gang lord in Mumbai and plays a Godfather of Hrithik Roshan in the film. Karan Johar, the producer of the film, simply loved and keeps on praising higher and higher about Rishi Kapoor.
It is being called that Rishi has done this kind of role for the first time in his film career. Ranbir told that it was his father’s passion for acting that got injected in him and he then turned a star. Rishi experimented with his looks in the movie doing a role of kohl-eyed donning a kurta pyjama and wearing a karakul cap.
Ranbir Kapoor told the media that he has been hearing a lot about his father’s performance in Aghneepath. And he is happy that everyone is raving big about his role and performance. Ranbir mentions that his father is 55 plus but still he has so many offers to do. This shows how brilliant he is that he is laced with endless amount of works.
Post this release, it is hoped and the analysts say that Rishi will be offered so many roles rather author backed roles in the days to come making him a real character actor of Bollywood who ruled the Hindi cinema in his heydays and now again he has started ruling the Bollywood scene with aplomb.
Karan Johar’s Agneepath released on Thursday, 26th January 2012 and it really exploded the box office records in the history of cinema industry. Yes, that happened. Johar’s film has already been well in news due to Katrina Kaif’s item song ‘Chikni Chameli’ and now the film itself allured the audiences fully.
The movie was loved not only by the critics but also by the viewers, the final kings of the trade. Hrithik Roshan has the power to beat the likes of Salman Khan on the box office. And he proved it with Agneepath that stars Hrithik, Priyanka and Sanjay Dutt in the lead. Roshan’s character of Vijay Dinnanath Chauhan (played originally by Amitabh Bachchan in 90s release) and Sanjay Dutt’s villain avatar playing Kancha impressed the audiences rather dragged them off their feet.
Salman Khan’s Bodyguard had broken the box office record with first day collections as Rs. 21 crores (approx) and as per the latest reports, Agneepath surpassed this figure on its first day collections at the box office. The film will witness four days weakened since it released on Thursday.
The collections brought bug smiles on the faces of the distributors and the producers who are now rest assured that the film will go extra miles in the days to come. Hrithik, who is already a superstar, will add more sparkles to his stardom post this film. Sanjay’s character is being talked about a lot by the fans and the critics, as he really worked hard in making it better.
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