AGNEEPATH REVIEW

Posted: January 27, 2012 by prannayjha in Movie Reviews
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STARCAST: HRITHIK ROSHAN, PRIYANKA CHOPRA, SANJAY DUTT, RISHIclip_image001 KAPOOR, CHIKNI CHAMELI(SPECIAL APPEARANCE)

DIRECTOR: KARAN MALHOTRA

RUNNING TIME:160 MINUTES

 

It’s raining remakes in Bollywood. Every other production house is jumping on the bandwagon and toying with the idea of a remake. This week, it’s Dharma Productions’ (known mostly for their candy floss mushy love stories) Agneepath that hits the theatres.

However, it won’t be long when the inevitable comparison with its original start coming up from all the corners of tinsel town. Will Agneepath rise up to the challenge? Or will it ultimately emerge a dead duck? Read on….

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The story is about a boy named Vijay Chauhan (Hrithik Roshan) who is bleeding from inside after the demise of his father and the only way to seek redemption is to take revenge from the antagonist kaancha (Sanjay Dutt).But the villain here is smart and stylish, at the same time as bald as a coot. He owns the village Maandwa where the villagers themselves may appear as cruel as creeping tigers.

Vijay’s childhood is spent in Mumbai playing with guns. He is the perfect right-hand man for Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor) — a loutish top dog who auctions off underage girls while running a drug empire. Though Vijay has an ulterior motive for this.

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What follows is a series of interesting and jaw breaking sequences, some of them taking you completely off guard.

Hatred, despair, agony all rule the roost with every second character seeking for double –cross strategies. There is also the unnecessary romantic angle between Vijay and Kali (Priyanka Chopra), who stands by him under all circumstances. At the same time she is as calm as a millpond.

Piyush Mishra deserves all the Brownie points for the clap inducing dialogues-which forms the eccentric attraction of this loud and lengthy revenge saga .The production designs appear high on the hog. The cinematographer captures the not so visual scenery in reality pretty well.

The action scenes are raw and gritty, at the same time giving the film a rustic appeal. Despite the film having a near three hour running time, you hardly bat an eyelid. Akiv Ali needs special mention for that. The gyrating moves of our very own chameli are as delightful to the mind as cool well-water to thirsty lips

The music is a big let-down. Three songs appear from nowhere post interval and slacken the otherwise taut pace a bit. The post interval portions also have some emotional tear jerker scenes, but sadly they don’t appear convincing enough. The chemistry between Kaali and Vijay is clearly missing, and the director makes a pig’s ear of their romance.

Coming to the performances, it is hard to find any recent film where almost all the actors deliver bravura performances. Hrithik Roshan is top notch here.He is especially good in the emotional scenes, blazing his eyes like deep forest every now and then.Sanjay Dutt redefines the term villain.Whenever he appeared on the screen, a sudden sense of fear ran through my nerves like the chill of an icy wind. Priyanka Chopra is wasted. Rishi Kapoor is the cream of the crop here. He once again proves why he is considered a legend. This performance adds yet another feather to his cap.

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Going back to the question I had put forward in the beginning, I believe Agneepath is certainly not flawless, but has what it takes to emerge a winner at box office. It has a mass appealing theme, and the director shows signs of an earnest effort in his debut. If not anything else, the performances will certainly ensure that you get full value for each and every penny!

 

RATING : 3.5/5

By Anubhav Shrivastava

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Comments
  1. Meghna says:

    Well captured Anubhav!

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