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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Agneepath - The movie of strong villian and a weak hero

I saw agneepath (the new version) last week and i was left confused as to what the movie was suppose to achieve.

The new agneepath at the end leaves u wanting for seems incomplete as a story..maybe that is the best a new director could get out of the script..had the other Karan (Johar) directed it..the media and the critics would have latched on to these points from a decade old director..however being a newbie..the new Karan (Malhotra)..gets away from these gaps..

Agneepath being a remake..had to live upto its original version starring the Big B as Vijay Deenanath Chauhan and Danny as Kaancha and trust me both of them did a brilliant job in their respective roles..The dialogue "Poora naam".."Vijay Deenanath Chauhan" still live on today on the lips of the new generation.

However, the new Agneepath doesnt really live upto the magnum opus that the original was because

a) the character of Vijay Chauhan, never really uses his heritage (father's name) to his advantage in the movie. This is what made the movie..stand out..and yes dialogue's do stand they did 20 years ago (yash johar knew that)

b) Hrithik as an actor does a good job but then he is shown as a weak hero..who wants to see a weak hero in an action movie...the hero has to be as strong as the villian..90% of the time..Hrithik is shown sulking in his past..being beaten up unnecessarily on Mandwa... a good hero should have a good strategy when he walks upto the villians home!! This was totally missing..

c) the stupidly shot climax!! what was that all about..kaancha stabs hrithik numerous times..and then when hrithik gains energy near the banyan tree..all the stab wound disappear and a 6 pack torso magically appears!! For a seemed like a Kollywood or Tollywood movie!! (both Karan's please take note of this flaw)

d) What is the role of Priyanka Chopra? This will remain a question to me always...2 more item numbers would have been better...

e) Rishi Kapoor as Rauf Lala started off amazingly well in the first half but looses fizz in the second half..were the writers hell bent on killing him off in the second half??

f) The movie desperately misses Mithun..there had to be a side kick to Hrithik to make up for the screen space that Amitabh occupied..if a side hero was required 20 years ago for this movie..then it was desperately needed in this one....the lack of wise ass side hero made the 3hr movie too long and too dull at various points...

The only saving grace for the movie was Sanjay Dutt..the humungous bad man..the devil who shants shlokas...he is the charm of the movie..this is what evil men should look like if they have to rule over an control...NO MERCY!! Hrithik actually looks like a rat in front of a lion when they stand face to face in the movie (and that is the biggest flaw).

The reason this movie would do well financially is primarily because there has been nothing good to watch in theatres from Bollywood for the past few weeks..and the name Agneepath would drive audiences to the theatres to watch a remake.

So if you want to it for the characterization of Kaancha and not Vijay Deenanath Chauhan.